How to help your local estate agent find your dream home
IF you're looking to buy or rent property, it's vital that those helping you with your search have a very clear idea of what you're looking for.
While it's likely that you'll start your search online and set up email alerts via Zoopla.co.uk, all being well, you will eventually end up out and about with your local agent viewing property.
In the same way you refine your search requirements on Zoopla.co.uk using criteria such as keywords, prices ranges and locations, you need to make sure you keep your agent updated on what your search specifications are, as the initial requirements tend to change the further into a property search you get.
Here are a few pointers that will help your agent narrow down properties that might work for you.
1. Wish list – Create a 'brief' for your agent. Write it out or email it to them. Start with your complete wish list. The more detailed the better.
2. Location – list the locations down to the specific street (if you can) that you want to live in and around.
3. Budget – having spoken to an IFA or your bank, make sure your agent knows your budget and what you're willing to look up to.
4. Lifestyle – give them an idea of your lifestyle and stage of life. Do you have a family, will you be commuting, or maybe you have pets?
5. Property type and size – do you prefer new build or period property? Bungalow or terraced? Do you have an idea on floor space?
6. Layout – some prefer open plan, some prefer cosy and warm. Some won't consider a bathroom on the ground floor. Make sure you're clear on what works for you.
Finding your dream home rarely happens instantly, unless you have deep pockets, so it tends to come down to compromise. Make sure your agent is aware on aspects that you would compromise on and those that you would not.
The key point during the whole process is to keep in contact with your agent and in the same way you will update your search criteria when searching sites like Zoopla.co.uk, make sure your agent is aware of any changes in your property search requirements.