The Daily Telegraph - Property - - COVERSTORY -

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.”

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