How using a buying agent can help you purchase your dream home

Buying a property can often be stressful and time consuming, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area you are looking to buy in, are time poor, buying from overseas, or are unsure or nervous about the purchase process and would benefit from expert guidance and support. 

By working with a buying agent you can help remove this stress and uncertainty, giving you confidence in your search. 

At Bradbourne, we understand buying a new home is likely to be one of the most significant investments you ever make which is why we’re here to help you every step of the way.

In this blog, we explain the benefits of working with a buying agent and how it could help you secure your perfect property.

What is a buying agent?

In simple terms, a buying agent, also known as a property finder, is the opposite of an estate agent. Unlike estate agents who represent homeowners when selling a property, a buying agent solely represents the interests of a buyer.  

It’s a buying agent’s job to understand the wants and needs of a client and provide tailored advice and support at every stage from initial viewings through to negotiation and completion. Critically, retaining the services of a buying agent shows intent and commitment, which will resonate with sellers and agents alike. 

Working closely with a buying agent comes with significant advantages and can offer unrivalled access to properties that never reach the open market.

What does a buying agent do?

Buying agents offer a complete end-to-end service covering every step of the buying process. 

The best buying agents come with extensive market experience and a comprehensive network of contacts that combine to give you a competitive edge. 

They will take time to fully discuss your needs, budget, finances, and unique preferences such as location, school catchment area, public transport links and proximity to amenities, building a brief tailored around your individual requirements. 

Through strong relationships, often nurtured over decades, buying agents can gain priority access to properties for their clients, as well as receiving advance notice when properties are likely to enter the market, thereby providing clients with unique purchasing opportunities.

When previewing properties on your behalf a buying agent will assess a property’s condition, asking price, and potential issues, highlighting the negatives as well as the positives before suggesting you view the property yourself. This can save significant time and money, and if a buying agent doesn’t think a property is right for you, they will say.

Once you’ve identified a suitable property, they will undertake significant due diligence and use their market expertise and negotiation skills to advocate on your behalf to secure the best possible terms and price. Acting as a communication anchor, a buying agent will work as the main point of contact, liaising with all parties to ensure every aspect of a transaction is handled efficiently.

Indeed, most buying agents have established relationships with all of the professionals and specialists you may require. From solicitors, surveyors and architects, to drainage experts and Japanese Knotweed specialists. These relationships can be extremely important to facilitate a smooth transaction and be the difference between a positive and negative outcome. 

Why choose Bradbourne?

As an independent, family run business, we develop close relationships with our clients, enabling us to deliver the key components of purchasing property in the prime markets – knowledge, trust, diligence and discretion. 

With decades of experience in the property sector, the Bradbourne team has a deep understanding of the markets across all of the areas we cover, ideally positioning us to advise you on finding your dream home. 

We are skilled negotiators, working tirelessly to secure the best possible price and terms for your chosen property, on average, saving clients in excess of three times our fee. 

Clients benefit from our strong network of partnerships with other industry professionals, enabling us to consistently deliver more than 70% of the properties we source each year, off-market.

Kick off your property search today by clicking here to get in touch with our dedicated team of advisors.

How to navigate the difficulties of downsizing

For many people, downsizing can be emotional and stressful – particularly if you are moving out of a property you have lived in for many years. However, as family circumstances, needs and priorities change, it can become a necessity to relocate to a smaller property.

At Bradbourne, we recognise that moving house can be one of the biggest financial and emotional decisions you may ever make. That’s why we work closely with you at every stage of your property sourcing journey and partner with trusted industry experts to make the process seamless from start to finish.

In our latest blog, we spoke to Bradbourne founder Stephen Jenkins and Rebecca Kashti, Director of Hedges Law to understand what can be done to make downsizing simple and stress free.

Making the decision to downsize

Downsizing is very common and typically associated with the older generation whose children have left home. Whilst it generally implies moving to a smaller property, homeowners can chose to downsize for many reasons including:

– To free up equity
– To save money
– To move closer to friends and family
– To find a property better suited to their lifestyle

Knowing when to downsize should be a personal choice based on your circumstances, wants and needs.

Just because your children have left home, it doesn’t mean it is the right time for you to move. You may want to enjoy the extra space or use the opportunity to entertain more often. Similarly, some people make the decision to downsize once their mortgage is fully paid off whereas others want to stay in the home and enjoy what they have worked hard for.

Tailored service

“Whilst smaller properties come with several advantages like lower bills and less maintenance, it can still be a difficult experience to navigate because of the emotional connection you might have to your home,” said Stephen.

“There are also several important elements to consider before making this decision such as lack of space and costs and hassle associated with moving.

“By working with an experienced buying agent like ourselves, we can offer guidance and support to help overcome many of these issues.

“We work closely with our clients, taking time to understand their requirements and goals to ensure we source properties that align with their vision so they are actually excited about making a change”

“This includes discussing the right timing of their move based on personal and family circumstances and the logistics of relocating. We find this tailored level of service and attention to detail helps to remove a huge amount of the stress and anxiety associated with such a big decision.”

Working in partnership

At Bradbourne Property Finders, we pride ourselves on building long-term, meaningful relationships with industry partners. This helps us deliver a first class service that supports clients at every stage of their journey from suggesting the right surveyor or financial planner, to recommending a solicitor to complete the conveyancing.

Rebecca explained: “Bradbourne is a valued member of our professional referrers network and we regularly work with their team to support property purchases across Oxfordshire and beyond.

“At Hedges we strive to provide ‘advice for life’ which includes advising our clients on the implications of downsizing and what that means for their assets and equity, and advising them on how it might affect their family’s inheritance

“Our Help from Hedges service is particularly valuable to older individuals and families considering downsizing.

“Through this unique service, our team works to safeguard the affairs and assets of our clients, providing them with the peace of mind knowing that their best interests are being looked after. We help clients with all the legal work associated with downsizing, but can also help with arranging movers, managing change address of details, and liaising with other professionals – whatever needs to be done to take the stress away.”

Stephen added: “Since Bradbourne was founded we have worked closely with Hedges Law to offer legal support and advice to our clients. Just like us, Hedges pride themselves on going above and beyond to deliver an exceptional, personal level of service thereby becoming one of our trusted partners.

“Help from Hedges is a service that has made a significant difference to the lives of our clients. It fits in perfectly with our approach to supporting a client’s property sourcing journey and truly helps to remove a lot of the stress associated with downsizing and relocating.”

Find out more about the Help from Hedges service through the Hedges Law website by clicking here.