Selling agents I recommended

I don’t sell property. I don’t think you can buy and sell and retain credibility although there are many I know who disagree. When asked to recommend a lawyer, builder or architect I’m not tempted to have a go myself and I don’t try to sell homes either. In the past year or so I have been delighted to recommend firms I have worked for, worked with or whom I have been impressed by. Some have sold clients properties, let them or managed them and in each case I felt they were the best people to ask. They included;

  1. Savills – houses to sell in Bucks, Cheshire, Harpenden, Much Hadham & Notting Hill.
  2. Winkworth Flat to sell in Cromwell Road, Earls Court Square, flat to let & manage in Hoxton
  3. Knight Frank Flat to sell in Mayfair, house to sell in Bucks, planning to look at in Herts
  4. Strutt & Parker House to sell in Hertfordshire, Berkshire, St Albans
  5. Symonds & Sampson House to let and manage in Bridport
  6. Mullucks Wells houses to sell in East Hertfordshire
  7. Fyfe McDade Flat to sell in Shoreditch, flat to let in Hoxton, development appraisal in east London
  8. Benham & Reeves House to sell in N1
  9. Goldschmidt & Howland House to sell in Hampstead, flat to sell in West Hampstead
  10. Aston Chase House to sell in Hampstead, house to let off Regents Park
  11. WA Ellis houses to sell in Chelsea and Knightsbridge, flat to let in Mayfair
  12. Wetherell Flat to sell in Mayfair, flat to rent in Mayfair
  13. Ayrton Wylie Flat to sell in Belgravia & tv interviews for BBC & Bloomberg
  14. Farrar & Co House to sell off Lots Road
  15. Churchills House to sell in Hoddesdon
  16. Field & Sons Development appraisal in Kings Cross
  17. Roy Brooks House to sell in Nunhead
  18. Marsh & Parsons Flats to sell in Clapham & Battersea, Earls Court, house to sell in Bayswater.
  19. Douglas & Gordon Flat to sell in Clapham
  20. Rampton Baseley Flat to sell in Battersea.
  21. Hamptons Houses to sell in Harpenden & Wimbledon

Best buying agents

For a brief period of time your agent is going to have a forensic knowledge of your personal affairs. You will need to trust that individual with the workings of your finances and your personal arrangements and he or she in turn must trust you. Your buying agent needs to know what you mean by “big” when you describe a room for example and when they say that the view is “stunning” you need to know how that measures up to your current view. There’s no point your agent describing what you call a drawing room as a lounge or frankly visa-versa! You need to speak the same language.

To my surprise not everyone gets my sense of humour. I’m old enough to know that I may not be everyones cup of tea. If you have sensibly decided that you might want some help with what is likely to be your largest single purchase then whilst I’d like the chance to pitch for your business it’s more important that you get the right advisor even if for some reason it’s not me.

Like many buying agents (and unlike most selling agents!) I won’t act two clients with the same brief. Each client knows I am going all-out for them without worrying that I might also be helping another client with the same goals. If I can’t help because I’m already working for someone similar (or frankly because you don’t like my style!) then here are the best people you should consider and perhaps speak to before you make up your mind;

  1. Property Vision
  2. Johnny Turnbull
  3. The Buying Solution
  4. Stacks
  5. Sourcing Property
  6. Tracy Kellett
  7. Middleton Advisors
  8. Robert Bailey
  9. Jonathan Harington
  10. Private Property Search
  11. Prime Purchase
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Market softening?

There is little doubt that as predicted, changes George Osbourne made in December to Stamp Duty Land Tax has had a dramatic effect on transactions above £2m. My most recent deal agreed for a house that originally went on the market with a guide price of £5m was secured at £3.6m. A 28% reduction!

While many of my sales colleagues are whining about the full impact I suspect there is unlikely to be any change in this years Autumn Statement on 25th November. This is a political action rather than a purely practical one. The Chancellor wants to seen to be sharing the pain with those whom he thinks can afford it (we’re all in it together, remember?) and I’d expect him to make very few concessions.

Once we see the actual reduction in Stamp Duty receipts when they are published next Spring then there may be some chance of changes being made but in the meantime sellers of expensive homes are having to take their medicine. Buyers won’t swallow the additional tax and are passing it straight on in reduced offers. Even selling agents are starting to accept that this is the new norm.

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Early interviews

I found this compilation of radio and tv interviews I had stitched together using Apples clever iMovie software. Some toe-curling moments but useful perhaps for anyone scratching their head wondering how to get invited onto the airwaves. Don’t be afraid to push – at least you can see how low the bar is and how desperate the broadcasters must be! Click to start!

With Sophie Long