The Secret To Finding Your Perfect Property
The enduring popularity of TV shows such as ‘Relocation, Relocation’ and ‘Escape to the Country’ is testament to our nation’s continued fascination with property and buying homes
Within forty-five easy viewing minutes, couples are shown three properties, often leading to a quick ‘from the pub’ negotiation and the deal is done. If only buying a home was that easy.
As most of us know, buying property is usually time-consuming, frustrating, confusing and downright stressful. In so many other areas of life we now turn to a professional to solve complex problems, yet many house hunters overlook the fact that help and advice is available for them by working with a property finder. Unlike estate agents, who solely act for the seller, property finders represent the interests of the buyer; ensuring that the property being purchased is exactly what the future homeowner needs -not just about the number of rooms, but fitting their lifestyle, budget, personal requirements and most importantly ensuring the asking price is correct and not inflated.
Of those aware of the property finder’s services, many assume that they are only for people who are moving into an area from away, but this is far from the truth. Local property experts, Garrington regularly work with local people who are frustrated by the lack of stock and can’t find anything to buy, also busy clients such as entrepreneurs/ business people who are too consumed by work to commit significant time to finding and moving into a next home. Other groups who find the service valuable are the older generation who may have been out of the property market for some years and value the support and impartial advice given at a time of great change and emotional turmoil. The benefits of using property finders will always vary from one buyers’ needs to another, but invariably help with the following:
Finding hidden gems
Contrary to popular belief, property portals do not show the whole of the ‘for sale’ market and even where agents use these sites to advertise ‘discreet sales’, buyers can be sure there are a number of highly attractive properties available ‘under the counter’ only to be shown to a select few serious applicants.
Property finders give their clients access to properties that are not being seen by the general public – either because estate agents are willing to share privileged information with a trusted fellow professional, or because the property finder has sourced some elusive ‘offmarket’ properties directly from homeowners. Last year, Garrington identified several such properties like this in the Cheshire area as well as the Lake District, the Ribble Valley and the Peak District.
Despite the ongoing political uncertainty being experienced, the shortage of homes for sale has meant that asking prices around Cheshire in particular have remained surprisingly robust. Ensuring that buyers pay the right amount in light of a property’s merits (and shortcomings), market conditions and other comparable properties that have sold in the area means that price negotiations are based on sound thinking and facts, rather than just an asking price less a percentage.
With the lack of stock in the market, vendor led overpriced properties for sale are becoming more common place. Property finders can also help with sealed bid scenarios, where experience has shown that success can be achieved not just by offering the highest amount of money.
Objective problem solving
Whilst many buyers believe that finding a property is the hardest part of buying a home, it is often the case that the most stressful part of the buying process can take place after an offer has been accepted.
A skilled property finder will co-ordinate the due diligence process, bring in experts when specialist advice is needed, problem solve and give impartial advice on whether an unexpected issue is surmountable, or if it would be prudent to walk away from a deal. Indeed, the nature of the market is that both sellers and buyers alike remain price sensitive at the moment so careful brokering by a trusted advisor on the side of the buyer can help navigate around problems and lead to a successful outcome all round.
Garrington are the leading professional property finders in Cheshire, who negotiate and secure properties, acquire private residences, second homes or properties for rental or investment. To find out more contact David Lewis: 01565 818110 firstname.lastname@example.org www.garringtonnorthwest.co.uk
David Lewis GARRINGTON