IT’S NOTONLY TOP-END BUYERS...
Arabella Youens, editor of Country Life International, used London Property Match to find her one-bedroom flat on the Earls Court-Chelsea border in 2006. “I couldn’t go to see properties during the day as I was stuck at my desk, and everything was flying off the shelf at the time. When I met Sarah Snow, from London Property Match, I suggested I would like to buy in either Pimlico or Earls Court,” says Youens. “She told me right off that I’d be pushed to find something within my budget in Pimlico. She also asked me what my priorities were; I said location was important.”
Two weeks later, Snow was in touch with some potential properties: “We went to see some properties in Earls Court and quickly narrowed down Ifield Road as it is still in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which was my preferred parking zone. The property I eventually bought hadn’t come on to the seller’s website when I viewed it as Sarah has first dibs on properties coming on the market. She knocked more than £30,000 off the asking price, which more than covered her fees.”
Even in a cooler market, Youens would recommend using a buying agent: “It was the first time I’d bought, so it was nice to have a professional person acting for me. She did things I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of doing, like investigating the layout of the flat above to find out if my bedroom would be noisy.”