Buying a house is usually the most important purchase anyone makes
in their life, not just in financial terms but also in personal
terms, for the property becomes a home that shapes all the lives
within it. Yet house-hunting is generally undertaken in an imperfect
and random manner; it is a hit-or-miss affair. And unfortunately,
while house-hunting begins with great enthusiasm it often
deteriorates into a time-wasting and dispiriting chore that can
be expensive in itself.
Property sellers employ estate agents to work on their behalf
and they are paid huge sums for their efforts. Estate agents may
forge sympathetic links with potential buyers but their contracts
and allegiances remain with the vendors. At Surrey Homesearch
we think that house buyers should also have property professionals
working on their behalf.
The Property Misdescriptions Act (1991) was introduced to assist
property purchasers by making it an offence for estate agents
to describe a property inaccurately. Paradoxically, in many ways
the Act has hindered house buyers, as agents are now so fearful
of misdescribing a property, sales details contain only the most
basic facts and tend to be so bland it is impossible to get a
true idea of what a house is really like. On the other hand, the
Act does not require sales details to inform whether a property
is near a noisy road, an electricity pylon, a building site etc.
So buyers still waste much time travelling to view properties
that are totally unsuitable.
Finding the right property for our clients is only part of our service. Indeed, finding the property is sometimes the easy part. If the property is especially good, there may be other buyers after it and our clients will need to know how to handle the situation. Very often the circumstances surrounding a sale are problematic or sometimes a client's own sale can fall apart. We are on hand to provide indepedent professional advice and guidance throughout the buying process. We particularly provide advice on making offers - how much and with what terms and conditions- and if required we can undertake the financial negotiations on behalf of a client. Clients are frequently surprised to discover how large a reduction can be achieved on the asking price.
Use local experts
Ideally buyers need a trusted local property expert who knows
their exact requirements and will do the boring, preliminary work
– researching the market, contacting agents, gathering sales details
and eliminating unsuitable properties - and will then actually
view the most-likely properties, reporting back to the buyer and
selecting the best homes to match their needs. At Surrey Homesearch
we do not sell houses and we aim to provide impartial comments
on shortlisted houses. It is left entirely up to the client to
decide whether or not to view shortlisted properties; the client
then deals directly with the estate agents. Surrey Homesearch
charges no commission fee on purchases.
With the arrival of the internet and email, the possibility of
maintaining contact with house-hunters (wherever they may be located
in the world) quickly, conveniently and cheaply has become a reality.
At Surrey Homesearch we can send out appropriate information to
property hunters as soon as it becomes available and clients can
access their emails at any time when it is convenient to them, so
it does not interfere with busy lives.
It is impossible to give a figure as to how many shortlisted
properties Surrey Homesearch will forward to a client as individual
client requirements vary enormously (some are very narrowly defined
with rare specifications, others much more generalised in terms
of location or accommodation). However within two weeks of the
start of the contract period, clients will be informed of existing
appropriate properties, with shortlisted ones that have been viewed
by Surrey Homesearch. Thereafter clients will be kept informed
of the progress of our property search on their behalf, at not
less than fortnightly intervals, for the rest of the three-month
period, unless instructed to terminate the search. Feedback from
clients will be used to assist the homesearch.
If clients are very limited as to their availability to view properties
personally we can tailor our homesearch to their requirements eg.
as well as emailing details to the client as soon as we shortlist
a property, we can compile a shortlist of properties for viewing
on a certain date. We can also vary the standard contract three-month
period, shortening or lengthening it, according to clients’ circumstances.
Should clients require additional services in connection with property
purchase (accompanied viewings, local tours, videos of properties
etc) these may be arranged for an additional fee.
A wide range of property-hunters will find that using Surrey
Homesearch makes sense. These include:
Busy families seeking their dream home.
People relocating to Surrey from another country
First-time buyers unsure of the market.
House-hunters searching for a home in Surrey's wide
Empty-nesters who are downsizing to a new way of
Business people who don’t have time for proper house-hunting.
Parents buying student accommodation.
Property investors looking to buy-to-let.
For case studies to see how Surrey Homesearch has helped clients click HERE
At Surrey Homesearch we know how difficult and frustrating house-hunting
can be and we aim to make it a better, simpler and more enjoyable
experience, leading towards an end result that gives great pleasure.
Click here to read our Terms
To receive a copy of the Surrey Homesearch house buyer's questionnaire
and to find out how to become a private client, please contact