Buying property in London can be trickier than in many other parts of the country. Not only is there likely to be a far wider gap in house prices from one area to the next when looking to buy in the capital, but there will also be many additional considerations to take into account, from commuting to the issue of school catchment areas, which might not make anywhere near the same kind of impact elsewhere in the country.
Therefore, whilst buying property is likely to be a stressful time in anyone’s life, doing so in London can mean that there are more additional things to consider, whether the property is to be the owner’s home or a short or long term investment.
There will of course be help at hand in the form of estate agents, but not all estate agents will be equal in terms of knowledge, ability and access to suitable central London property. Furthermore, if their knowledge of the market is not up to scratch, an estate agent may well not only suggest a property that is wrong for the buyer’s own needs, but also one that may not be a wise long-term investment.
Choosing an estate agent that is run as part of a franchise model is often helpful as they are likely to have a great deal more expertise about the local area in which you are hoping to live. Doing your own research is hugely important, but there will still be many things that mean experience of working in the industry is invaluable, and therefore the role that central London estate agents can play in property searches should not be underestimated.
London is a vast and sprawling city, but one that has very unique pockets of space with their very own personality. As such, not all areas of London will be the same and, therefore, more so than in almost any other city, choosing the right location and property within London can make all the difference.