Buying a home is often the largest and most expensive purchase people will make. Whilst it’s a commonly accepted practice to sell a house with the expert support of an estate agent, buyers are less frequently professionally represented and most overlook the many benefits of using an experienced buying agent.
What is a home buying agent?
A ‘buying agent’ is essentially an independent property specialist who acts for the buyer and supports them with their house hunting and property purchase. A buying agent will work closely with the client to develop a clear brief and wish list, they will source and view properties and provide extensive feedback.
Once the perfect home has been found a buying agent will then negotiate with the estate agent and vendor to secure the best deal possible for you, the buyer. They will then support through the complex purchase process liaising with solicitors, surveyors and trades to ensure the transaction is smooth and as stress free as possible.
Why use a home buying agent?
Finding and acquiring the best property in any area can be extremely competitive and very time-consuming. The post-pandemic property market has been incredibly busy with high demand and low property stock leaving many buyers feeling frustrated.
Here are the key advantages to retaining a buying agent;
- a greater choice of property, including access to pre-launch and off market property
- saving time and money
- trusted and objective advice
- to access the UK property market from overseas
What are the benefits of using a buying agent?
Estate agents like working with buying agents because they know that their clients are pre-qualified and motivated. A buying agent is often given privileged first access to off market properties and new instructions before they hit the open market – Just a few hours head start can give you a distinct advantage, and even in a slow market, the best properties still sell quickly.
More time and Less Stress
Researching, sourcing and viewing properties takes time and dedicated resources, it can quickly become a full-time job! By utilising the services of a buying agent you are essentially accessing every agent with just one point of contact. At the start of the process, we will help manage expectations using our local knowledge of the property market, and advising what is achievable within your budget and wish-list. Rather than you travelling long distances every time a potential property comes to market we will preview properties and compose a shortlist, showing you only the very best. We will accompany you on all viewings’ so you have support and guidance at every stage.
Knowledge and contacts are key to finding the best properties in the most suitable locations. Our knowledge extends beyond the local property market and we can really help you to envisage the lifestyle you would have from a particular house, along with considering things such as daily commute, local planning, or other factors that could easily be overlooked if you don’t know the area. We can also advise on local schools, catchment areas, nearby facilities and even the best restaurants in town!
Searching from Overseas
When searching for a house from overseas, it’s even more important to make sure you get it right. Not everything is listed online and relying on the virtual portals for property can be misleading, often listings are already sold or under offer, its easier to discount based on images, or poor quality details.
We undertake a thorough analysis of what you and your family need to make your UK move a success and, using our local contacts, co-ordinate a homesearch trip short-listing the best properties for you to view. Having a property finder acting for you who is local and on the ground can be invaluable in making your move as easy as possible.
Ensuring you pay the best price
As an independent buying agent we will always act in your best interests to ensure you pay the best price possible in line with market conditions. Using our experience, we will agree on a strategy that you are happy with and then negotiate on your behalf, often saving you money well in excess of our fee!
We will always act discreetly on your behalf to protect your anonymity. As a result, we ensure your identity is not part of the negotiation or the headlines.
Fully Independent Service
We provide a fully integrated service and manage the entire process for you. You are free to use any of your professional advisers or we can recommend some of ours. In either case, we will liaise with all parties on your behalf. The client can be involved as much or as little as they choose.
Is it for you?
As the title suggests, a home buying agent isn’t just for the rich and famous, our services are open to anyone who is buying a property and would like to benefit from independent knowledge, advice and support through the complicated process.
If you would like to discuss your property search, or find out more about our services, do get in touch with Naomi for an informal chat about your plans, we would love to help!
Naomi Gleeson – Managing Director – Executive Relocation Plus Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 7789 887701