Finding a property is not an easy task. The decision on where to live is probably one of the most important ‘purchasing’ choices one can make, after all it is where you are going to live! The difference between getting it right and getting wrong can mean the difference between a happy existence and an unhappy one. It is often stated that moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do, however when trying to find a new home, the final action of moving you and your belongings into the new place can certainly seem like the easiest aspect of the task!
The sheer mountains of properties out there (just in London alone) for example, makes the hard decisions even more challenging to make. What location do I want to live in? What is the best I can get for my budget? Am I buying into an property that will grow in value or will it be a dud investment? Am I being overcharged? Am I going to be bamboozled by clever sales tactics and end with something that isn’t right for me?
The purchase of property is invariably anyone’s biggest expense in life. Especially in London where property prices accelerate well beyond that of inflation, and monthly outgoings on mortgage payments tend to be a higher proportion of peoples’ incomes than elsewhere in the country, getting it right from the get go is imperative.
Unless you are in the property business yourself, keeping tabs on the current values of the property market is a time consuming affair. Whilst I would always advocate independent analysis and research (especially if this is where you are going to live), the value of getting the help of experts cannot be underestimated.
Whilst large well known estate agents have a wide selection of properties at their disposal, they can lack a personal touch and attention to detail that a smaller agency can provide. It really depends on what you are after, if you know what particular niche of property you are after, it really helps to deal with someone who knows that particular area well.
A company I found to be useful: Benthorp Properties (http://benthorp.com/about-us/), are specialist London property consultants. Have a look if they represent an area that you are interested in. Otherwise check online for your particular corner of the world. I may well be biased but I do find that using a specialist company rather than one of the real estate giants leaves you feeling more in control of your investment in a house, even if it does not actually change anything!
It always pays to be aware of all options. There are always properties on the market, and there will always be a variety of different agents and representatives responsible for the buying and selling. Buying a place is not like buying a pint of milk; for most people not just any old place will do, most are looking for something special that suits their needs and meets their budget. So I implore you to seek out all options. Don’t get lazy and go to the big high street agents only, you’d be missing out on a tailor-made service and potentially your ideal home.