First and foremost, keep an open mind, you’ll never find the perfect place, it’s really a matter of how close you can get. If you have a partner try and have areas of agreement on key requirements - very frequently agents are given widely conflicting search criteria by one and then the other!
Make yourself known to the agents. Take into account they deal with many hundreds of customers during the course their business but rest assured they are far more likely to make an extra effort for those they have formed a regular rapport with and find responsive.
Be punctual and courteous having arranged a viewing. The seller will invariably have taken time and trouble for your visit. Genuine appreciation will go down well. If you proceed to make an offer and are neck and neck with another bidder, the complimentary comments you made can tip the scales in your favour. If it’s not for you, say so or at least offer feedback to the agent afterwards. Sellers like to know where they stand and the vast majority of sellers will appreciate and respect your honesty.
If you decide to make an offer, go in with a sensible bid first time. If you make a wildly adventurous bid, the sellers could take umbrage. If, having been declined, you still want it and are prepared to pay more, you’ll have to go back with your tail between your legs and they’ll have you on the run. Going in with your best and final offer can often seal the deal.
Being in a financially strong buying position can work wonders. Sellers will be keen to do business with you and will be far more likely to negotiate if you have your buying funds arranged, your solicitor at the ready and can go ahead quickly.
If you find your ideal home, you really want it and you know others do too – GO FOR IT! Pay the price and buy it out of the market – if you don’t, someone else will!
Although we at Wilsons must at all times act in the best interests of our selling clients, we are always happy to offer general advice and helpful tips to buyers – we need you just as much!