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Your bespoke, creative and effective property finding service

for clients looking to buy or rent in London, the South-East of England and the Cotswolds.

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Why should I use a property finder when I could do it myself?

You will save yourself money, time and stress when you engage a professional property finder to help you with your next property purchase. You will have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about the value of a property without all of the sales hype often coming from the selling agent.
A good property finder protects you from making a knee jerk or an emotional decision.
You will have the benefit of extensive experience with acquisitions and knowledge of comparable market data, and will be protected from paying too much.
You will save an enormous amount of time from not viewing unsuitable properties.
You are likely to also gain access to properties not yet advertised.

What is the difference between a property finder and a selling agent?

The key difference between a buyer’s agent and a traditional selling agent is who they represent. A buyer’s agent works exclusively for the buyer, whereas the selling agent works for the vendor (seller). An important question to ask a property finder is whether they are truly “exclusive” or “independent”. If they accept sales commission from vendors or developers then they cannot be classified as “independent” as they are acting in the interests of the seller. Only deal with a licensed property finder – one adhering to the codes and ethics of The Property Ombudsman.

A property finder aims to secure the property for the lowest price and best conditions possible for you, the buyer. The selling agent wants to get the highest price and best conditions for the vendor (seller). BDI Homefinders  will give you the best service, time and attention that you need to make an informed property choice. You are working with professionals, who will find your next property faster, and at a better price.

Do you source properties for home buyers (owner occupiers) as well as investors?

Yes. Our goal for every client is to find the right property, at the right price, everytime, whatever that might be.

Do I have to be “rich and famous” to be able to afford the fees charged by a property finder?

No. We typically save our clients far more than our fee in the transaction by negotiating well. We assist property buyers of all budgets, by doing extensive research and analysis, looking at comparable sales and market data, and by negotiating hard to secure the best price, terms and conditions possible. You will make an informed choice and will be confident that you have bought well, whatever your budget. It’s a small investment to make when you consider the savings you could make on your property purchase.

What areas do you cover? Do you specialise in any particular areas?
We specialise in London, the vast majority of the South East and the Cotswolds.
Am I getting value for money when I engage your services?

Yes!  We regularly save clients far more than the fee we charge, through our understanding of the property market and our skilled negotiation techniques.

  1. Saving Time Reduce the time spent searching.  You will need to look at between 50 to 100 properties to get a true understanding of the market.  Most buyers take between 6 to 12 months (or more) to buy.  We often cut down the process to less than 60 days. You don’t need to waste family time due to searching and attending viewings on weekends. And you don’t need to waste time at work calling estate agents – or taking their calls!
  2. Saving Money Don’t risk making an emotional decision and paying too much.  Negotiating is an art, and we know the tricks of the trade to secure a property at the lowest possible price. Leverage your knowledge by tapping into ours. We also always encourage you to get a professional, independent valuation done, so you have confidence to pay the right price.
  3. Saving Stress Remove the stress and pressure of dealing with estate agents in your search. Get the upper hand with a property finder by your side.  Remove the frustration of being constantly outbid or ignored by estate agents.
Is there any limit to the number of properties you will present to me before I make a purchasing decision?

No, however we will qualify every property against your criteria before we present the property to you.  This way, we save you valuable time in the property search. Our agreement has an initial period of 9 months. We fully expect to deliver a great result for you well within this time frame.

Do you ever represent vendors in selling a property?

We never sell property or accept sales commission from vendors, developers or their agents. We work exclusively in our clients’ best interest to find a property that meets their needs. We have no vested interest to sell property. In sourcing brand new properties for clients we are often able to reduce the purchase price by a significant amount for our buyers. Where a client is planning to sell their home we can provide assistance with selecting the best local agent, and negotiating the best terms for the marketing strategy.

Do you offer any guarantees with your service?

We guarantee not to waste your valuable time sourcing inappropriate properties. We will deflect all the stress and detail, and save you months of endless searching. We will spend time with you up front so that we clearly understand your needs, and will target the search based on agreed preferences. With our help, you will save time, money, and stress on your next property purchase. You will gain access to more properties, be better informed about comparable sales, the true value of a property and capital growth projections for the area, and you will make a more informed decision. When you decide on the right property, we will negotiate for you.  You will be able to make a rational decision about price without the stress and pressure of dealing with real estate agents or having to negotiate.

How can I know I am not paying too much for a property?

We conduct extensive due diligence for our clients on recent sales. We inspect each property and discuss the positives and negatives of each shortlisted property. Using this information, together with our own expert opinion on the state of the market, provides our clients with the assurance they are not overpaying. We also always recommend clients obtain a valuation from a respected valuer.

What happens if I change my mind on an area or a type of property once I engage you? Do I have to pay another engagement fee?

We will always be working in your best interests and realise that your ideas about the type of property you want may change. When we meet initially to discuss your “buyers brief”, we will work hard to ensure that your wish list is achievable, and also realistic, so the likelihood of changing your mind is reduced. However, if you change the initial brief significantly then we can very probably accommodate providing it is in our geographical area of experience.

What if I find (or buy) a property myself after I have engaged your services for the full search?

We work in partnership with our clients. It is only natural for many people to still keep an eye on the property market, even while we are looking for you. If you do happen to identify a property that we haven’t seen, then just let us know and we can provide a full appraisal. Once BDI Home Finders are engaged to find a property, full fees are payable, even if you find a property (or negotiate) on your own. With our help, you will make a more informed choice, and won’t be swayed by emotional marketing – so you will save yourself money anyway.  One of the requirements of working with us is that you communicate openly and honestly with us at all times.

I live and work overseas. How can you service my needs from this distance?

We regularly assist overseas buyers and expats, communicating via phone, email or skype. We are aware of the time differences and will often call an overseas client very late at night or early morning. Once the “buying profile” is established, the search begins. The only difference is that you may not get the chance to physically inspect the property, although this is encouraged. We can provide you with extensive market analysis, as well as digital photos and virtual tours of the property and its location. All features of the property, both good and bad, will be communicated, so you can make a fully informed decision. We regularly purchase properties for overseas clients that do not inspect the property prior to purchase. We take extra care to make sure all appropriate inspections are completed thoroughly.

Are you a member of a professional industry association?

Yes, we are a member of The Property Ombudsman scheme.

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