If you are like most people, you will use Rightmove or Zoopla when looking for property and set your search accordingly with all the things you want from your new home. The issue with this is that if something doesn’t quite fit then you wont get to hear about it. With that in mind it is worth listing just your absolute minimum requirements such as number of bedrooms rather than detailing everything that you ideally want.
Similarly, it is likely you will have an area you prefer but again widen your search a little bit. You may find there is a property a fraction out of the mile or 3-mile radius that you have missed or will miss by being so regimented. The same can be said for your budget. Whilst most properties have sold quickly there are still quite a few that remain unsold after 6 weeks so by increasing your budget search you may find properties that potentially may accept an offer.
When you do see a property you like your immediate reaction may be to simply send an enquiry to the estate agent and whilst I would certainly do that, I would also make sure you try and call them either immediately or first thing the next day. It amazes us how many people thank us for calling them following their online enquiry as they often don’t get a response from agents to their viewing request so relying on that online enquiry may see you missing out.
Try and agree some flexibility with your employer to be able to view properties. Explain you are looking to buy a house; it is likely they will be aware how tough the market has been and see if you can leave a little earlier or have a slightly longer lunch break if you have something to view but always offer to make that time up another day.
Finally register your details with every estate agent in your area. The hope is that you will get to hear of properties before they go on the portals, and this may give you a slight advantage over those relying on seeing a property on Rightmove or Zoopla for instance. We say the word hope because whilst with R B Walters estate agents
we guarantee you early notification of any suitable property we are aware that this is often not the case with every estate agent but at least by doing this simple thing you increase your chances.