Buying Agent

Services / Buying Agent

London Luxury Property

Why you need a buying agent?

Save time and make your money go further

95% of people believe they can do a successful property search on their own.

  1. But the real estate market suffers from assymetric information -- by looking on portals you only get part of the information. Many properties are not listed on the open market and become available much later.
  2. Time: looking for a property takes a lot of time. Most people will contact only some of the estate agents, who in turn will push their available inventory resulting in time wasted on viewing unsuitable properties. By contrast, we introduce our clients to the most suitable properties available in their chosen areas by researching and aggregating all the available properties in your chosen area to meet your needs and your budget.
  3. Off–Market, is not a myth. It is a reality. Many properties (particularly above a certain level) are not sold on the open market. If you do not have somebody to make them available to you, you cannot have access to them. We can source the best Off-Market properties and cover all of the market for you.

Insider Knowledge

  1. Most buyers have an idea about a particular area they would like to live in. But London is the aggregate of various villages with distinct options in each one. Sometimes what you want is not in Chelsea but in Notting Hill or in South Kensington. We can help you discover the best areas and hidden gems in each one.
  2. By introducing you to new areas, we can also make your budget go further and identify property better suited to your needs for the same money or less.
  3. Our international background means we can also bridge the gap between your standards and what is available in London so you can view properties that appeal to you and serves your needs.
  4. Short leases present great opportunities that many ignore. If a lease is short, there is a whole procedure to evaluate the price of the extension and this has an impact on the price of the property. We have the knowledge and the right contacts to get that information and to negotiate the right price. Our knowledge is your edge. 

Pay the right price

  1. Most people are not aware of the various price differentiations and the reasons behind. All the areas in London are split into Tiers: Tier 1 is more expensive than Tier 3. To make matters more complicated, sometimes a street has various pricing points. For example, Eaton Square has a favourable side that is more prestigious than the others. We have the knowledge about the areas and the various price 2 differentiations and we will negotiate on your behalf to achieve the best possible price for a given property.
  2. Doing proper due diligence takes time. You need to access the right information which is not always readily available. We have access to all the necessary information to make sure you make an informed decision.
  3. For many people, acquiring a property will be the biggest expense they are ever likely to have. So why rely on advice from estate agents when they are working in the best interest of the vendor? And that is not you. Our clients, whether locals or foreigners come to us for discrete, discerning buyer representation. If you work with us, we will ensure the best outcome for you.

Experience

  1. We have been helping clients since 2012 to realize their property expectations. We have worked with private individuals as well as investors both locals and foreigners. Throughout the years we have been exposed to many situations. By working with us, you benefit from our experience and negotiation skills.
  2. Furthermore, with our legal and financial backgrounds we are able to provide objective advice on value, yield or potential for capital growth so you can make an informed decision. We are also straight forward, if a property is not suitable, we will let you know.

Smooth Execution

  1. Around 1/3 of all transactions fail because the buyer does not have the mortgage in place, or the right solicitor or the right tax advice. Over the years, we have developed a great networkof experts to ensure that the deal gets completed.
  2. One point of contact. When you need to coordinate the whole transaction and all the various parts, the agency model requires you to chase all the component parts. By contrast we offer one point of contact to coordinate necessary for a smooth execution – taking away stress and saving you time.

So if you are looking to buy a property in Central London, simplify your life. Work with us, and get professional, unbiased help and advice from start to finish. To see how we can help you.


 
 
 

Buying from outside the UK

Services / Buying from outside the UK

buying property in London

We know just how tricky it can be to purchase property while you live abroad without the help of reliable ‘local eyes and ears on the ground’. Having lived in and owned property in many countries, we understand international standards better than most agents. We are here to help you bridge the gap between what you are used to at home and what is available in the London property market.

The UK property market has no Multiple Listing Service (‘MLS’) so you can’t just call one agency and expect to see all available options in London. Furthermore, many properties are not advertised on online property portals, and are classed as ‘off-market’. This is particularly true in Prime Central London, where up to 50% are sold as ‘off market’.

Additionally, in the UK the agencies represent the seller, never the buyer. As property search agents we represent you acting as your 'London Broker'. We are your competitive advantage.

We can give you access to the whole market, and act as a single point of contact for you, managing relationships for you with professionals in tax, banking, the law, property or project management, all while supporting you with our relocation services.

Once we have helped you secure the property of your dreams, we can recommend architects, builders, interior designers, landscape gardeners and other proven professionals to help add value to your property.

Working with us you will benefit from our extensive experience, market knowledge and network to ensure that you do not make expensive mistakes.


How we work

How we work

Every property search is unique. And every search reflects that.

Whether you are looking to buy or rent before we start the search, we first take the time to understand your needs, your personal tastes, your circumstances, and exactly what you’re looking for.We balance an awareness of the needs of our clients with an understanding of the London property market, ensuring a property search that aims to find the best property to suit you, your taste, and your circumstances.

  1. Laying the Foundation: Ahead of starting your search, you need to ready to buy, rent, or relocate. There are many implications, some are legal, others relate to tax, and of course, your budget. We can advise and where necessary we can introduce you to mortgage brokers, solicitors, etc to take as much stress as possible out of the process for you. 

  2. The Search: Next, we go through our network to proactively hunt for and preview potential properties, showing you only the shortlisted very best properties that meet your criteria, saving you the time and frustration that is often associated with finding a property in London. We will then organize viewings tours at a time that is convenient for you. 
  1. Due Diligence & Negotiation: When you’ve found your perfect property, we will undertake a thorough due diligence to give you the peace of mind you need. We will then start to negotiate the price on your behalf. Unlike estate agents, who work for the seller/ landlord, we work for you, which means we will guide you to take as much stress as possible and ensure that you pay the best possible price to secure the property. 
  1. Execution: 'I've got my house thanks to Address', 'Address went the extra mile to negotiate and to secure my house' - these are some of the comments we get from satisfied clients. Execution is key to what we do. Many people think that the process is done when a property has been found, but actually, the hard work starts once you make an offer. We have the experience, skill, and knowledge to ensure a smooth transaction taking all the stress and strain of dealing with solicitors, surveyors and other third parties, whilst keeping you updated on progress. 
  1. One point of Contact: Throughout the whole process, you will have one point of contact. We will be your partner to make the process of buying or renting a property in London as simple as possible. 
  1. Fees: Our fees are very competitive for Prime Central London market. Please enquire to find out more about our Buyers' Agents Fee, our Rental Search Fee or our Consultancy Services Fee.

 
 

Jan 2021: London Housing Market

London is in lockdown but the housing market has still managed a strong start of the new year. 
 
Currently, demand for property, especially outside Central London, continues to be strong and is seeing the biggest price surges.
 
The phone may not be ringing as much but Rightmove has reported visits to its site are up by 33%, inquiries to agents up 12%, and the numbers of actual sales are up 9% compared to January last year. Buyers are definitively more committed and efficient.

Spring Budget: What does it mean for the Property Market?

Spring Budget: What does it mean for the Property Market?

Video: Spring Budget & The Property Market


Yesterday, the UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak gave the Property Market some great news about the Stamp Duty Holiday Extension (till June 30th) and the Government backing 95% loans for First Time Buyers.

What does it mean for property prices? The property market certainly got a boost and activity levels have been the highest in years after the original Stamp Duty Holiday announcement last year. This is now likely to continue for a few more months. If you were thinking of buying, there is still time to take advantage of this saving.

Some people criticize that the Chancellor decided to ‘give away’ money to the Property Market, but in my opinion, doing so is acknowledging the important role property plays in the economy.

Both news will benefit buyers and would-be buyers, but also banks, real estate agents, solicitors, surveyors, interior designers, architects, etc. at a time that the economy certainly needs a boost.

 

Ps: Note that Stamp Duty will still increase for Non-Resident Buyers from April 1st. An extra 2% to the existing 3% surcharge. 




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The New Priorities in the New Normal (beyond location, location, location)

*** This article was published back in June 2020***

In last week’s article, we mentioned how the London property market has arisen from lockdown and what has happened so far.  Prices are more fragmented than ever, and location is no longer the main deciding factor.

These past few months, many of us have rediscovered the place we called home.  Some of us have enjoyed the pleasure of home-cooking (and now need a better and bigger kitchen), others realized that working from their bedrooms long term is not sustainable, and many now want outside space. The importance of our ‘home’ and how we live our lives is now more predominant than ever.

Lockdown has brought home the need for different spaces for different family members, spaces that are fit for purpose. And not just for now but also for what might lie ahead (2nd wave?).  Many homeowners have embarked in what Americans call ‘beautification’ of their homes. 

Others have come to the conclusion that London is no longer for them and are behind a significant reported spike in rural inquiries, primarily in search of more space, larger gardens and home offices now that working remotely for some businesses has proved efficient. As a property consultant, I believe this is a short-term reaction. Although demand for outer zone areas in London with more green spaces and larger footprints will see a more permanent uplift.

Below is the list of priorities we believe will be the lasting legacy of Covid-19 particulary in the London property market and that go beyond simply location, location, location.

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