Here are some questions and answers we have been asked about our Retained Search

Why use a buying agent?

To save you time and money. With our extensive property experience, not only do we have access to a vast number of properties, we also have strong working relationships with property related professionals such as agents, vendors, solicitors, architects and surveyors ensuring your search is driven by the latest market intelligence. Many buying agents are owned by or affiliated to specific estate agents, whereas we are totally independent.

Can you help you with a rental search?

Yes we can. Unlike some search agents we ONLY specialise in Central London.

Do you have access to off market properties?

Yes we do. Over the years, we have built excellent personal relationships with agents, banking professionals, trust companies, interior designers, lawyers, architects, property funds, insolvency departments and other property related professionals which, combined with our reputation, enables us to learn about properties often before they become available to the open market. We will also target suitable houses and endeavour to contact the owners and often vendors approach us to see if we have a suitable client for their property

Can you guarantee client confidentiality?

We do our very best to ensure that your confidentiality is maintained to the best of our abilities.

What is the probability of competing against another Napier Watt client or applicant who is looking for the same kind of property?

It is unlikely that two buying clients would compete, but not impossible, this is dealt with by full disclosure to all parties.

Do you view all potentially suitable properties on my behalf?

For all Buying Clients we inspect all properties where possible on your behalf. We identify any underlying issues that might not be initially apparent. This also allows us to discount properties that do not meet with your criteria.

How will I know which areas to target for my buy-to-let investment?

We have a good working knowledge in the prime Central London rental property market. We will guide and advise you on the most suitable areas that meet with your investment criteria, focusing on yield, capital growth and finding properties in sought after locations that will rent continuously.

Are you able to offer any advice with regards to schools?

Yes we can. We have an association with an educational consultancy with years of experience in assisting parents in making that all important decision.

What happens when my offer is accepted?

Once we have negotiated and secured the property for you, we will guide you step by step, through the conveyance process and to an exchange of contracts. Our service continues through to completion when we ensure that the finer details are in order. You may also require interior and architectural re-design of your home and landscaping your garden which we will assist and implement for you. We work very closely with some of the industry’s top professionals and have preferential rates with them which we pass onto you.

How long will it take to buy a property?

It is very difficult to say how long buying a property takes, as this depends on your criteria and the current market conditions. To find a suitable property can range from 24 hours to 6 months (maybe longer), and the process of exchanging can take from 2 weeks to 3 months. Statistically, the process takes from 3-6 months from start to finish.

How and when do you get paid?

We are paid by you, our client with an initial retaining fee when you decide to proceed with our services. In addition, upon exchange of contracts a success fee is calculated as a percentage of the purchase price (plus VAT).

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