All the help you need to prepare, search, evaluate, bid, secure and get moved into your next home.

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We are buying agents. We look for homes (and other assets) and seek to acquire them on behalf of our clients. As far as the law is concerned, we are estate agents – we just happen to act for buyers, not sellers. We buy properties between £500,000 and £50m. Some clients just want help looking for a new home, some want help to evaluate a property and to negotiate the best deal. Spending a six figure sum is something most people do on average every seven years.

After 38 years in the business we have bought and sold over 1000 properties.We act for 40 – 50 clients a year, bid on a house every week and buy two or more a month.

According to Rightmove sellers typically accepted around 5% (£11,000) less than their final asking price. Zoopla says that it’s just 3.86% and figures published by Hometrack suggest that an average buyer pays 97% of the asking price.

Over the past decade, on average our clients paid £143,000 (11%) less!

25% of £1m+ homes sold in London in the first half of 2021 were sold ‘off-market’ & up to 30% of the homes we buy aren’t advertised on the internet or in an estate agent’s window.

We charge a retainer of £2,400 (including VAT) and then;-

  • 25% of any saving achieved from the asking price OR
  • 3% (including VAT) of the purchase price OR 
  • a fixed, up front fee of £12,000 (including VAT) – see ‘fees.

Of course many people start off asking too much for their home and a third of sellers currently on the market have reduced their guide price at least once according to the website Zoopla.co.uk. Be it a £5.5m house in Notting Hill (which completed in March 2019 for less than the asking price and less than the seller paid in 2014!) or a £2.25m home outside Newbury (bought just after the ‘Brexit’ referendum for 10% less) our clients like to pay as little as possible. As sellers wake up to the impact of Google ‘indexing’ their property for ever more and more deals are being done ‘off-market’.

We are not the only buying agents and it’s more important that you have the right advisor than that it necessarily be us. For a brief period of time your buying agent will have a detailed and personal knowledge of your affairs so you must trust them and have confidence in what they are doing and they in you. We are confident that we are at least as good as most firms but are not arrogant enough to think that we can be everyone’s cup of tea. Our aim is that you have the right advisor for you even if that means you are represented by someone else. These are some of the best that we recommend you consider.

A buying agent can;-

  • Source off-market properties – those available but not advertised on websites or in agent’s windows.
  • Advise on areas, compare and contrast different places.
  • Research a street, village or town looking at crime, natural threats such as flooding and over-flights by planes.
  • Assess relative value.
  • Research the motivations of the sellers and look for pressure points like death, debt or divorce.
  • Comment on yield and the potential for capital growth.
  • Negotiate with the seller and their agent. (Not all selling agents are slippery but some certainly are!).
  • Introduce the best mortgage brokers, accountants and wealth managers along with advisors, tradesmen & lawyers.
  • Liaise with solicitors, valuers, surveyors, architects, builders and contractors.
  • Help to make your next move the smoothest and most painless experience possible.
You describe the dream, I'll find the home.
You describe the dream, I’ll help you find it.

We look for properties in London and in the country. We review those that we find, provide objective advice on each and discretion for people who would rather not have their private business paraded in public. Estate agents are not brokers trying to mediate between two parties. They act for, and are paid by one party – the seller!

Sometimes the best advice is 'not' to buy something
Although I don’t get paid for saying it sometimes the best advice is ‘not’ to buy something..

Buying agents are still estate agents in the eyes of the law and as such each must sign up to a redress scheme. Confusingly there are two but this is the one that we have signed up to.

Almost as important to your success in moving will be a good lawyer and perhaps a competent mortgage broker. It is a team effort and we are very happy to recommend individuals who can help you & make it happen.

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  1. Having not moved house for 30 years, Richard’s ready support and skilled negotiation strategy ensured that we got the house we wanted at the first attempt for the right price. Richard helped us all through the process from the start to the collection of the keys, even ensuring that our estate agent didn’t get ahead of himself.

  2. Hire them. There is no doubt in our mind that we would not be buying our dream house without their support. Their advice is excellent, and Richard’s dedication to getting the deal over the line was unfaltering. He went above and beyond to ensure that our interests were protected including never hesitating to be somewhere in person to get a job done. Having a formidable team like this on our side gave us such peace of mind, and was worth every penny.

  3. We used the buying service on the recommendation of friends, & have successfully purchased our next home in South West London. It was useful to get an insight into the market from the agent perspective & not have to worry about or deal directly with estate agents throughout the majority of the process. It was also very useful to have someone able to advise on some of the finer details & chase any third parties on a regular basis to keep the purchase on track as we had a tight time schedule towards the end. I would certainly recommend the service if you are looking for advice & particularly help from a practical perspective & are short of time yourself to coordinate between all the parties involved in a house sale/purchase.

  4. We have signed up for the bespoke buying service. After having recently moved to the UK, we found ourselves in the hottest market having no knowledge of property buying in the UK.

    We had the pleasure to work closely with Richard on our home purchase in the tricky Oxford market.

    Richard was fantastic during the entire process of buying our home. First, he has spent time on clearly understanding our personal and financial situation, our needs and desires, making the search process more focussed and targeted. We felt very comfortable opening up to Richard on more personal topics.

    During the search process, we have had extensive discussion on the houses he has identified for us and which we have viewed together. He will take excessive emotion out of this stage of the process by asking the right questions keeping you laser focussed on the initial plan.

    Once we have decided to make offers, the value of having Richard and the Pryor family by our side was immense. Richard helped us formulating offers again keeping excessive emotions out. This has certainly not only saved us a lot of money but also gave us confidence in our decisions. Accounting for information he has gathered on the sellers‘ situation, our offers generally stood out by offering more beyond money and ultimately led to one offer being accepted.

    Once our offer was accepted, the process was on auto-pilot with Richard working on keeping all the involved parties on the ball. He would keep us informed on the progress and we attribute the swift exchange/completion to his magic.

    Buying a property can be quite stressful and time consuming. The Pryor bespoke buying service makes the process more pleasant, efficient and, in our case, we probably saved a multiple of the fee.

    We strongly recommend this service to family and friends!

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