November 1, 2016

Top Tips to Excel Your Property Search

Searching for a property in the London market can be tough; with various London rental property and property for sale in London it’s hard to know exactly what is going to work for you.

Ensure your agent is aware of all needs


Being on the same page as your agent is paramount to aiding your property search. When you register with an estate agent, make sure you’re completely honest with every requirement as this will enable them to find suitable properties for you to view.


Be prepared to compromise; make your agent aware of the criteria which is an absolute must to ensure you’re not wasting your time searching for a property you don’t want.


Sign up to the right property alerts


The main property portals are the best place to start your property search; from there you will find the local agents that you want to register your full requirements with and where your property search really begins.


Find an agent with search tools that are relevant for you; such as travel time, school search and a draw map tool.


Spend time tailoring your property alerts to exactly what you’re looking for to save sifting through various irrelevant properties.


What’s your budget?


Know what you’re able to afford – and set your expectations to that limit. The property market fluctuates so it’s important to understand the area you’re looking in, recognise the price brackets for the type of property you’re looking for and set your expectations to those limits.


Get organised


It’s said that looking for a home is like a full time job in itself, and this can feel true so be organised and on the ball with your home search.


Do your research and set your requirements, register with a trusted agent and book a few viewing days in. Don’t miss out on your perfect home due to lack of organisation.


Be Prepared


If you’re looking for a property in London, be prepared for it to be under offer in record time. Property that is priced correctly will go quickly, and it’s best to be ready to put the deposit down, provide references and be able to complete all the legal requirements for renting and have a solicitor instructed and mortgage offer in place for sales.


Expand your areas


Be open minded, you may have your heart set on one location, but it’s worth considering the neighbouring areas as they can often offer more for your money and London is constantly investing and improving so branching out could find you exactly what you want – for less!


Your local expert can introduce you to the areas you hadn’t considered but will undoubtedly come to love.


Use Helpful Tools


Using home buying tools to ensure everything is in one place, can you’re your property search an easy process.


Keatons have partnered with Area to create a new tool where you can put everything in one place.


If you’re looking for somewhere to rent or buy, then contact one of our eight offices to speak to one of our specialists here.

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