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 visa-versa! You must speak the same language.

To my surprise not everyone gets my sense of humour. I may not be everyones cup of tea but if you have sensibly decided that you might want some help with what is likely to be your largest single purchase then whilst of course I’d love 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 most buying agents (and unlike most selling agents!) I won’t act for 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 just don’t like my style!) then here are the best people I think you might like to consider before you make up your mind.

NB There a some firms who describe themselves as buying agents but also offer services to those selling. I think that these firms are just regular estate agents, many of whom buy and sell in the course of their business. My advice to anyone looking for a buying agent is to stick to those who only look after buyers. Firms who buy and sell need robust Chinese Walls to keep the confidences of respective clients and I’m not sure that they always have them.

These are 55 of the best buying agents who cover London and/or the country. Click the links to visit their websites.

Tom Hudson of Middleton Advisors
Roarie Scarisbrick of Property Vision
Lucie Hirst of Colombo Hirst
Richard Rogerson of R F R
Sam Edington of Edingtons
Isabella Slater of Ludgrove Property
Jo Eccles of Sourcing Property
Jonathan Hopper of Garringtons
Ben Rivera of Rivera
Tom Robinson of The Search Partnership
Hannah Aykroyd of Aykroyd & Cº
Johnny Turnbull of Turnbull Property
Mark Lawson of The Buying Solution
Jonathan Harington of Haringtons
James Greenwood of Stacks
Alice Bubear of Hutton Bubear
Chris Jones of Warnerheath
Edward Heaton of Heaton & Partners
Ed Tryon of Lichfields
James Geddes of GWD Property