The real right move
Living in London might be the dream for many, but finding the right property can often be a nightmare. Hunting down the perfect place in the ideal postcode takes time, and for those of us with a busy work schedule it can seem next to impossible. However, help is at hand. The London property market is beginning to shape around your lifestyle, with property finders like Absolute Property’s Amanda Mitchell ready to do the leg-work for you.
“Absolute Property was formed in 2003 after we spotted a gap in the market for time-poor professionals who need to cut out endless searches through multiple agents and find the right property quickly, efficiently and easily,” says Amanda, founder of Absolute Property. If anyone has the power to do it, she’s the one. With 25 years’ experience in the property industry, she has seen the landscape change drastically. London’s buy-to-let market has become increasingly competitive, with foreign investors hoping to create lucrative property portfolios in the city. However, this doesn’t mean the dream abode is out of reach.
Finding your new home is supposed to be exciting, but when you’re forced to trawl London with an agent who doesn’t understand you, the enthusiasm can wane a little. Amanda, however, has created a checklist that pinpoints what you need in order to narrow down a property suited to you (see Amanda’s criteria below). This has made Absolute Property particularly popular with professional women who know what they want from their home, but have little time to get it.
“Our clients are often surprised at how quickly we find the right property – many times within days – but we recommend a minimum of two weeks to enable us to respond to a client’s brief,” explains Amanda. “This allows us to conduct in-depth research and conveniently fit viewings into their schedule.”
A property service that works around you, rather than vice versa, is a godsend to the working girl. Over the past decade, Absolute Property has built a reputation for finding premium properties, whilst offering a personal and efficient service. Amanda’s aim is to make the moving process a positive one which is as fuss-free as possible.“We have found that female professionals, in particular, find our service invaluable. Our personable team is able to tap into their requirements to deliver the perfect property, without impacting their already busy lives.”
The Absolute Property team has built up an in-depth knowledge of London, with local know-how on schools, transport and amenities in a range of postcodes. They work with agents in a variety of London neighbourhoods so you don’t have to, meaning you get the low-down on everything local with zero hassle. It’s almost like having a concierge help you find your next home!
Working with more than one estate agent may seem like the obvious solution to discovering properties in a range of areas, but in fact this can complicate the process. Absolute Property does this for you, so you won’t come across the same properties time and again. “We work with local agents, with whom we have strong and long-standing relationships, to search their listings for suitable matches,” Amanda explains. “Our only requirement is that clients do not contact other agents while we are working with them, simply to avoid duplication of effort. We are a licensed and regulated agency, which gives clients’ the peace of mind that we work within clear and strict guidelines of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) , and that their deposits are protected in a government approved deposit scheme”
These relationships often result in exclusive access to properties before they become available to the public, giving Absolute Property clients a head start. With an 85% success rate on the first property tour, it’s no wonder Amanda draws in a high level of corporate clients from sectors as diverse as international banks, major British retailers and even the film industry.
So put the weeks of searching, disappointment and exhaustion behind you, Absolute Property is ready to put the fun back into house-hunting and find your perfect home.