Who uses a Buying Agent

Why use a buying agent?

Who uses a buying agent? Buying agents are open for anyone to use, you don’t have to be purchasing a certain size property, which is what most people think… 

What is a Buying Agent?

A buying agent is your partner when it comes to searching, selecting and negotiating a new property.

People often falsely believe that an estate agent is a relatively neutral party in the house buying process, but that’s actually not the case. Their client is the person who pays them, the seller, and their primary interest is to secure a sale for the highest price they can. A buying agent, on the other hand, solely represents the buyer. So when it comes to such a substantial purchase as a property, having someone working on your behalf makes sense.

Who uses a buying agent?

Buying agents are for anyone and everyone. They generally charge a fee that’s based on a percentage of the purchase price, so the less you spend, the less you pay.

At Stacks, we are often involved in a house search and purchase when someone is time-poor. However, it can equally be for a range of other reasons such as when local knowledge is needed for a second home purchase, people are relocating or moving back to the UK, parents are looking for a property for their children, or someone is retiring and looking to downsize.

In all cases, as a buying agent, our knowledge of the area, our experience of the buying process, and our time and dedication mean if someone chooses to use a buying agent they are more likely to find the ideal property for a better price and terms than if they did it on their own.

Using a buying agent is not simply the domain of the rich and famous, therefore. House buying is a stressful, complicated process, and anybody buying a property will benefit from the expertise of a buying agent. Often, because of our local knowledge, we are aware of properties that aren’t even on the market… but could be. And we’ve experienced pretty much every glitch possible at some point, so know how to iron out problems so you don’t lose the house you’ve fallen in love with.

What can a buying agent do for you?

These are the services and benefits you’ll enjoy if you decide to use a buying agent. They will:

  • Bring to the party all their local knowledge of the area you’re planning to move to.
  • Spend time understanding what you’re looking for and why.
  • Search the market for properties that meet your needs and tastes.
  • Track down properties that may be available even if they’re not on the market.
  • Spot properties whose particulars don’t do them justice.
  • Research both the vendor and the property to ensure they are in the strongest position they can be to negotiate the best price and terms on your behalf. This can include:
    • Assessing the value of the property (not just believing the asking price).
    • Assessing the situation of the vendor to establish what they might be willing to accept.
    • Considering other aspects of the local area to ensure you’re buying a property will continue to meet your needs in the future.
  • Negotiate the best price and terms on your behalf.
  • Often save you money well in excess of their fee.
  • Oversee the entire purchase process and save you significant time and worry.
  • Liaise with surveyors, solicitors, planners, removals companies etc. and iron out any problems on your behalf.
  • Be there even when you’ve completed to answer questions and hand you the keys!

If you want to know more about buying agents give us a call 

Why choose Stacks as your buying agent?

Not only do we offer great service, we also have a great track record and are recognised as the experts in the market.

9.2%

Savings on
asking price

97%

Successful
transaction rate

“You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

“We firmly believe that without Rachel and her skilled negotiation we would not have secured the property.”

“We felt they genuinely wanted to help.”

“Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before.”

“It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.”

“Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me.”

“Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification.

“I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks”

“Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations

“You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset”

“We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times”

“I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.”

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