I source the best country houses, equestrian property, farms and small estates for sale. An estimated 80% of the most desirable properties never come onto the open market, but I have established good working relationships with the estate agents and other useful contacts to ensure my clients will be among the first to see these properties. I will negotiate and follow up the proposed purchase on your behalf, and also your sale, in order to guarantee a smooth transaction. I can recommend and assist with surveys, planning, builders quotes, independent mortgage advisors, insurers and so on. I have a black book of useful contacts, all of which have already proved themselves to be invaluable.
The key to finding your dream property is to choose an independent buying agent who will listen to you and totally understand your needs.
After fully understanding your demands, completing extensive research into your chosen areas and with a clear brief in mind, we will personally complete all the legwork involved in the search, create a short list of pre-viewed properties and accompany you to your viewings.
And if you haven’t yet decided on the sort of property you’d like or chosen an area – you can take advantage of her wealth of expertise and local knowledge to help shape your brief together.
Once your ideal property has been found we will undertake a detailed price comparison report using Land Registry data and recent sale comparable to establish a fair market value.
Every negotiation is different and therefore requires a different approach. We will agree a negotiation strategy with you and work to secure the most favourable terms with the selling agent.
By using The Cotswold Buying Agent, your bid is likely to be favoured over competing bids. Agents and vendors value the involvement of a skilled buying agent and have greater confidence the deal will reach a successful conclusion.
We have acquired many properties for clients that never reached the open market and where no competitive bidding was required.
The Cotswold Buying Agent can also assist if you have already found your property but would like expert help and guidance with the process.
The search is just the start of the service. You will be advised on values before negotiation begins – which lowers the risk of a lender down-valuing at survey and ensures you do not overpay.
You will also be introduced to a network of trusted contacts who will undertake the required due diligence to ensure your purchase is sound – from a legal and structural perspective.
This can include potential renovation costs and end values, awareness of potential problems such as flight paths, eyesores, footpaths and other environmental issues, the income and running cost of the house, rental yields and guidance local amenities, schooling any other issues important to you.
We work with solicitors, surveyors, architects as well as financial planners to undertake comprehensive due diligence. The contacts recommended are experienced and reliable professionals who offer a service matching the integrity and values of The Cotswold Buying Agent.
Once it is agreed that the property is the right one and meets all right the standards, only then will negotiations proceed to ensure the best possible terms.
The Cotswold Buying Agent understands that each client has different property requirements. That’s why a bespoke service is offered to cover every single aspect of your individual needs.
This is a relationship that continues beyond exchange of contracts, starting with our completion management service.
We believe it’s important that your new property feels like home as soon as you put the key in the door. That’s why your property will be visited on the day of completion to make sure everything is in order, and just how you would like to find it.
If there have been inclusions agreed such as carpets and curtains, furniture or garden machinery, we will ensure they have not been removed.
Only when we are completely satisfied that everything is exactly how it should be, solicitors will be personally instructed to release the completion money.