As a property buying agent I am frequently called upon for help and advice on moving house in the East Midlands.
One of my favourite lines in the iconic movie Apollo 13, is when the character Gene Kranz states “Let’s work the problem people…” as it reflects a total rejection of apathy when things get tough.
It surprises me therefore, when speaking to potential buyers who are holding back on actively searching for their next home because “there is not much on the market”.
It is true that as Robert Gardner, CEO of the Nationwide, claims “The flow of properties coming onto the estate agents’ books has been more of a trickle than a torrent”, but forgive me for saying – this is no reason to put your plans on hold. It is, however, essential to seek help and advice on moving house in the East Midlands especially in today’s tough property market.
Using a property finder to gain access to exclusive property
I am regularly contacted by homeowners who are willing to sell their properties discretely (if the right buyer comes along), offering decent money and a willingness to work with the property owner over timings and terms. Often these homeowners would prefer not to go through an estate agent and their plans are kept on a ‘need to know’ basis.
At the time of writing, I am aware of two gorgeous properties on the banks of Rutland Water, three large country estate houses and a handful of prestigious homes dotted around the region. At other times, agents will contact me to run through the properties that will be coming available through them; offering early access to viewings if I have a serious buyer on our books. As we have discussed before, there is more going on below the surface, away from the property portals, than you would probably expect.
If none of the above are suitable for a client, then the next step is for me to “work the problem” and actively go out and find suitable properties that meet our client’s needs. It is not easy, but hard work and tenacity usually wins the day.
So, if the lack of apparent housing stock is thwarting your plans to move home, please get in touch and I will do my absolute best to land you a new home.