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FTB Question -estate agents good books?

I’m a FTB and just got a big deposit and so I’ve begun looking in earnest. Not much out there, and so I am going to meet all local estate agents in the local area.

To show I’m serious I will be clear I have:
-the deposit and MIP ready to go
-clear about the property I want (budget/location etc)
-lots of availability to view at short notice.
-no chain 

I’ll follow up all the above with an email.

Is there anything else I should tell them/not tell them?

TIA!

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  • MultiFuelBurner
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    If you have specific properties in mind the note through the door has worked for others.
  • lika_86
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    I’m a FTB and just got a big deposit and so I’ve begun looking in earnest. Not much out there, and so I am going to meet all local estate agents in the local area.

    To show I’m serious I will be clear I have:
    -the deposit and MIP ready to go
    -clear about the property I want (budget/location etc)
    -lots of availability to view at short notice.
    -no chain 

    I’ll follow up all the above with an email.

    Is there anything else I should tell them/not tell them?

    TIA!
    What do you think you have to gain from this? In my experience, few agents in the UK actually have a decent system for sending specific properties to buyers where they meet their criteria. You may as well just be ready when properties come to market.
  • Grizebeck
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    note through the door does work
    Registering with an agent is a waste of time
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  • propertyrental
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    Grizebeck said:
    note through the door does work
    Registering with an agent is a waste of time
    When I was buying my first property some decades ago, registering with multiple agents was essential.

    Nowadays? Pointless.

    Contact the relevant agent as soon as a property you like appears on Zoopla, Rightmove or wherever.
  • PartyOfFive
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    Depends on the agent whether any of the above is pointless or not.

    I used Savills to sell my central London property back in March.
    Day after the contract was signed, I had 15 viewings lined up from people already on their books that were looking for exactly my type of property (2 bed, first floor, Victorian conversion).  10 offers above guide price within 5 days. The listing didn’t even make it to their website or rightmove/zoopla etc.

    Now, of course London is a different market etc, and Savills is what some may call a top tier agency…but you lose nothing by taking the approach in the OP.

    I can only imagine that by not immediately putting it on rightmove, the ea saved themselves a bit of marketing cost which ultimately meant more commission to them which I don’t begrudge.

    The house I purchased outside of London also didn’t make it to rightmove or the open market. For privacy reasons, the sellers didn’t want it on there - I only found out about it while making an enquiry on another house the same ea had on their books (which was on RM).

    It would surprise many just how many house sales happen without them ever being advertised openly.

    I think the OP is being very savvy!
  • lookstraightahead
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    I think you're holding agents in quite high esteem. You are the customer, so be nice but say what you want to see when they come on to the market.
    Agents will be chasing you because the market has changed. 
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