rhw like to keep their finger on the pulse of what is going on from the point of view of others in the wider business world. To this end we like to, once in a while, feature a guest blog from one of our contacts. Today we feature a case study provided by our guest blogger Stephen Jenkins, Director of Bradbourne Property Finders (Bradbourne). His client Rob Cooper shares an overview of a recent home search carried out by Bradbourne.
Benefits of Using a Property Search Agent
Finding the ideal property that meets all your criteria and falls within budget can be extremely challenging, which is why more people are opting to use property search agents. Also, seven in 10 people (70%) find selling or buying a home stressful according to a survey of 2,000 people by Which? Mortgage Advisers.
Stephen specialises in all aspects of property search and negotiation and Rob Cooper’s case study highlights how these services provide real benefit to those who have busy family and working lives.
What was your brief?
“I asked Stephen to find a 3-bedroom flat, with two bathrooms, in Balham for my wife and I to use as a London base. We have three grown-up children who may work in the city and they will also live there so it had to be in a safe, desirable location, and in good condition. I requested the flat was first floor or above with some outside space and within a 10 to 12-minute walk of a tube station. It was also important that the property met our budget.”
Why did you choose Bradbourne?
“Stephen’s search process provided a simple and efficient way to find a second home. I am a busy man and by appointing Stephen to handle the search it took the concern out of my hands. Stephen also has great knowledge of the London Boroughs and is skilled in negotiation. I didn’t want to register with agencies and then be bombarded by calls and emails from estate agents. I could trust Stephen to deal with all liaison on our behalf.”
How was the search phase?
“Stephen carried out an extensive search, finding us eight properties that matched our criteria closely. He accompanied us on all viewings and helped us make an initial offer and despite things progressing this deal fell through. This was meant to be as Stephen went on to find eight more properties, one of which ticked all the boxes for us. Stephen showed us a mix of properties, some slightly off brief to ensure we were making the best decision, which was a very good exercise.”
How did you know the property was right for you?
“We were wowed instantly as the property was a three double bedroom split-level maisonette offering close to 1400 square feet of living and blending period and contemporary features. It exceeded our expectations as it was in Balham and just 600 yards from the tube station. The space was ideal both inside and out. It was also renovated in 2011 to an extremely high standard, so in better condition that we could have wished for.”
Did you face any challenges during negotiations?
“Stephen dealt directly with my solicitor and handled any issues and concerns. At one point there was a deal breaking issue with the freeholder due to lease changes which should have been made. However, Stephen helped to ensure the lease was updated by smoothing the situation over with the vendor. Stephen went on to deal with the negotiation successfully. We were keen buyers and Stephen ensured we made the right offers; through his good relationship with the estate agent he was able to negotiate the best price.”
How was the overall experience?
“We had a pinch yourself moment on the day of key handover as our flat is stunning and the interior is of an amazing quality. I would recommend Stephen’s search and negotiation services to anyone looking for a property. I found him incredibly professional, cool and calm. He made the whole experience stress free and enjoyable. All of the hassle was taken away from us, so we could focus on our end goal and now we have a wonderful second home.”