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The Buying Solution unlocks doors

If a house you’ve known for years suddenly changes hands without even the neighbours knowing, you can be sure that a buying agent is probably involved. In the midst of a competitive market, having professional advice is more crucial than ever before, as Jonathan Bramwell of The Buying Solution explains


At the start of this year, a prospective client asked whether they could afford not to use The Buying Solution – the answer, of course, was no. Six months later, this advice came good as we acquired their dream mill house off-market, before anyone else had the opportunity to see it. The process required navigating them through a number of potentially hazardous bumps along the way, something they freely admit they would not have been able to do if acting on their own. This is our area of expertise and where we can add real value.

What does The Buying Solution do?

We are property experts who only act for retained buyers providing total market coverage in London and the country. Our intelligence network is extensive, taking in all selling agents, as well as our black book of contacts. It’s through this that we seek out properties that otherwise might never come to the market. At the end of the day, we sell you nothing but tell you everything, allowing you to make an informed and balanced decision when it comes to buying a property.

Our team have specialist knowledge of the prime country-house market, as well as the best farms and estates throughout the UK. But finding suitable properties is only the start of our service. What clients repeatedly tell us that they really appreciate is what happens next: the negotiations, the problem solving, the purchase management and the property handover.

How much is bought off-market?

Most people come to us because they want to be ahead of the competition and over 90% of our clients’ first viewings are off or pre-market. This year 64% of what we’ve bought has been off-market, rising to 88% in the Cotswolds. In some cases, we’ve gone even further and targeted specific houses for clients resulting in a completely private sale.

Why use a buying agent today?

The combination of a global pandemic and a very active country house market has led to a surge in demand. What often follows when the market gets hot is that mistakes are made. I’ve seen a number of A+ prices being paid for B-rated houses in the past ten months: some have dubbed this the “pandemic premium”. Our job is to ensure that this doesn’t happen with our clients as we trade on our reputation and giving the right advice.

How do you give the right advice?

Ultimately what we do is give clients back time: no more hours lost trawling through property portals, no more wasted weekends. We know when something is rare and special. Collectively within our team of 14 we have 226 years of experience buying and selling properties. We all live in our respective patches and can provide granular insights into local areas, be it the best schools or village pubs – this is particularly important when clients are first-time country house buyers.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the due diligence that we carry out on properties which covers all aspects of the house and its location, leaving no element unexamined that might ultimately impact the enjoyment and value of it and, at the same time, providing reassurance that it is a good investment. This then flows directly into our negotiations: our clients’ offers are well researched so selling agents can present them as a preferred purchaser to their vendors.

What’s in store for 2021?

It’s going to be interesting as there are several unknowns, including the immediate impact of the Brexit trade deal and the vaccine rollout. What we do know is that, after such a busy year, the cupboard is looking bare as most quality properties have been sold, so the market is likely to remain competitive. The good news is that the market should be buoyant as we already have clients keen to secure properties both in the country and London, so 2021 should remain a good year to sell.

Jonathan Bramwell is Head of The Buying Solution and their country team – the independent buying consultancy of Knight Frank. For trusted advice on the London and country markets and to discuss how they charge, contact them on 01488 657912 (country) or 020 7591 2640 (London) www.thebuyingsolution.co.uk

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The Buying Solution unlocks doors

If a house you’ve known for years suddenly changes hands without even the neighbours knowing, you can be sure that a buying agent is probably involved. In the midst of a competitive market, having professional advice is more crucial than ever before, as Jonathan Bramwell of The Buying Solution explains


At the start of this year, a prospective client asked whether they could afford not to use The Buying Solution – the answer, of course, was no. Six months later, this advice came good as we acquired their dream mill house off-market, before anyone else had the opportunity to see it. The process required navigating them through a number of potentially hazardous bumps along the way, something they freely admit they would not have been able to do if acting on their own. This is our area of expertise and where we can add real value.

What does The Buying Solution do?

We are property experts who only act for retained buyers providing total market coverage in London and the country. Our intelligence network is extensive, taking in all selling agents, as well as our black book of contacts. It’s through this that we seek out properties that otherwise might never come to the market. At the end of the day, we sell you nothing but tell you everything, allowing you to make an informed and balanced decision when it comes to buying a property.

Our team have specialist knowledge of the prime country-house market, as well as the best farms and estates throughout the UK. But finding suitable properties is only the start of our service. What clients repeatedly tell us that they really appreciate is what happens next: the negotiations, the problem solving, the purchase management and the property handover.

How much is bought off-market?

Most people come to us because they want to be ahead of the competition and over 90% of our clients’ first viewings are off or pre-market. This year 64% of what we’ve bought has been off-market, rising to 88% in the Cotswolds. In some cases, we’ve gone even further and targeted specific houses for clients resulting in a completely private sale.

Why use a buying agent today?

The combination of a global pandemic and a very active country house market has led to a surge in demand. What often follows when the market gets hot is that mistakes are made. I’ve seen a number of A+ prices being paid for B-rated houses in the past ten months: some have dubbed this the “pandemic premium”. Our job is to ensure that this doesn’t happen with our clients as we trade on our reputation and giving the right advice.

How do you give the right advice?

Ultimately what we do is give clients back time: no more hours lost trawling through property portals, no more wasted weekends. We know when something is rare and special. Collectively within our team of 14 we have 226 years of experience buying and selling properties. We all live in our respective patches and can provide granular insights into local areas, be it the best schools or village pubs – this is particularly important when clients are first-time country house buyers.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the due diligence that we carry out on properties which covers all aspects of the house and its location, leaving no element unexamined that might ultimately impact the enjoyment and value of it and, at the same time, providing reassurance that it is a good investment. This then flows directly into our negotiations: our clients’ offers are well researched so selling agents can present them as a preferred purchaser to their vendors.

What’s in store for 2021?

It’s going to be interesting as there are several unknowns, including the immediate impact of the Brexit trade deal and the vaccine rollout. What we do know is that, after such a busy year, the cupboard is looking bare as most quality properties have been sold, so the market is likely to remain competitive. The good news is that the market should be buoyant as we already have clients keen to secure properties both in the country and London, so 2021 should remain a good year to sell.

Jonathan Bramwell is Head of The Buying Solution and their country team – the independent buying consultancy of Knight Frank. For trusted advice on the London and country markets and to discuss how they charge, contact them on 01488 657912 (country) or 020 7591 2640 (London) www.thebuyingsolution.co.uk