Property finders are there to fight your corner and guide you through what can be an overwhelming process. From the initial discussion of your needs and preferences right through to setting up utilities, a property finder can use their extensive experience and local knowledge to set you on the right track. Buying a house is one of the biggest and most important decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why you should use a property finder.
Why use a property finder?
We frequently get asked what the difference is between a property finder and an estate agent. Essentially, a property finder acts on behalf of the buyer and the estate agent on behalf of the seller. Each professional is trying to secure the best possible deal for their client. As helpful as an estate agent may be, their ultimate goal is to sell you a house. A property finder doesn’t have that pressure and can instead focusing on finding the right property for you.
Furthermore, their strong local networks meant that they frequently hear about so-called ‘off-market properties’. These are properties that we may be made aware of before they reach the open market or are never publicly put up for sale and instead change hands privately. Without a property finder you are unlikely to ever hear about these properties.
Saving You Time And Money
Arguably the biggest advantage of using a property finder is the time and money you can save, both during the property search and negotiations. A property finder will do the arduous legwork of drawing up a list of potential properties that seem to fit your criteria and will then visit them on your behalf. That way, you can keep your weekends free to enjoy however you wish and not pay for overnight hotel stays or petrol for long car journeys. If you’re looking to move to the UK, employing a property finder can reduce the need for expensive flights and car hire.
Once a property has been chosen they can assist you in negotiating a lower price. At County Homesearch we actually structure our fees in way that motivates our property finders to secure as large a discount as possible. With years of experience under their belt, property finders know all the tricks of the trades. In addition, their lack of emotional attachment to a property means that they’re less likely to agree to an unreasonable and over-inflated price.
Looking Beyond The Glossy Photos
As a follow-up to their property viewings, a property finder will create detailed feedback reports which outline both the positive and negative aspects. This report will include photography and on request, video. Property finders will take their own photos in order to provide you with a true reflection of the property. Remember, estate agency marketing material is designed to show a property off in the best light possible and will almost certainly gloss over any unfavourable elements.
When a shortlisted has been drawn up, a property finder can accompany you on your own visits. To help you make as informed a decision as possible, they will highlight the negative aspects of a property as well as areas of potential. Such flaws may actually work to your advantage in the final negotiations.
Getting You Settled In
Once the final price has been agreed and contracts have been exchanged, why not use a property finder to help arrange the move and get you set-up in your new home? We can provide you with recommendations for removal specialists, builders, decorators, electricians, architects, structural engineers and other such professionals. If you have children, we can even guide you through the local school admissions procedures.
Property finders have excellent local knowledge so make sure to ask them any question that comes to mind, from likely commuting times to the best restaurants and days out.
County Homesearch are highly experienced property finders who can help you find you find your perfect home. Contact us on 0333 939 8300 to discuss how we can help you.