WHEN searching for a property to buy, it is obvious that you want the best home your money can buy in the best areas, with the highest likelihood of it meeting your needs.
To find the best properties on offer, it makes perfect sense to employ the services of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable estate agent. Whoever you choose should be an expert on the area where you intend buying and as such will have access to a wide variety of information that will be useful to you.
If you do not know an agent who operates in the area you are interested in make a short list of estate agents that look promising and work in the area. Looking at a national property portal may well give you an idea of who has a selection of homes in the address you want.
The agents will ask you about the type of properties you’re interested in buying and how much you’re willing to spend. Make sure you’re very clear about what you want so you don’t waste time with properties that don’t suit your requirements.
In the current market the surplus of stock that built up after the property crash has gone in many of the most popular areas, so it is best to be open to a broader range of properties that you might otherwise have been. In other words, try to be more inclusive in your description as you will limit your options and may miss out on a good deal!
From speaking to a few different estate agents, you are likely to decide which one impressed you most and appeared the most promising. You should find out if the agent works closely with other agents or only on their own company’s stock – if the latter you may need several agents, while on the other hand they may have a much better knowledge of the properties they are marketing.
By establishing a relationship with an estate agent who understands you’re serious about buying a property they’ll keep you up to date with new properties coming onto the market. Plus, if they know you can act quickly, they are sure to keep you in mind for properties that sellers are keen to sell quickly.