HOW DO WE WORK?
Getting to know you
The first step is usually a no-obligation chat on the phone to explore your situation and to find out how Richard Clowes Property Search can help you. My total commitment to discretion – whether dealing with a client or vendor – builds the trust that is crucial in this market.
Agreeing to work together
We meet face to face to fine-tune your property requirements, distinguishing the ‘must-haves’ from the ‘nice-to-haves’. This discussion ranges widely from the basics such as budget and size to considerations such as security and management of the property while you are home and away. It is also a chance for me to understand your time and appetite for involvement. If everyone is happy to work together, you sign a contract and pay a sign-up fee to secure your place as a Richard Clowes Property Search client. For clients overseas, this first meeting often takes place on Skype.
Searching for your home
Armed with your requirements, I search through the market and my network, and sometimes make a ‘cold’ approach to owners where an ideal house shows no signs of being for sale. 85% of my clients move into properties that were never advertised.
On average, I view 20 houses for each client, sifting out those that looked promising on paper but failed to live up to expectations. I share the results with you by whatever method you prefer, including photos I have taken on your behalf.
The highest bidder is not always the one who gets the house. A successful negotiation strategy begins before you make your first offer with the careful management of your relationship with the vendor, in order to present you in the best possible light.
In the last five years Richard Clowes Property Search has won 80% of the competitive bidding situations faced for clients. One of the biggest advantages to working with an independent consultant like me is my ability to negotiate with estate agents on your behalf to get the very best deal.
Last year 65% of deals handled by estate agents fell through. I will oversee the buying process, and my relationship with a first-rate conveyancing solicitor helps push proceedings along to completion.
The service doesn’t stop there. I’m happy to give clients my recommendations of trusted architects, builders, gardeners, interior designers and more – in the weeks after completion and for many years after.
I would not hesitate to utilise Richard Clowes' services and most specifically in the area of identifying land based investment opportunites, an area in which I know he has a solid reputation.
Richard's knowledge of the area, combined with genuine empathy and a thorough understanding of an individual's requirements are second to none.
I have known Richard as a colleague and friend for many years. He is clearly highly knowledgeable and able to think strategically and laterally on behalf of both business and private property clients.