How we work
Haringtons’ client policy is to give people exclusivity for their search.
If a buying agent is acting for a large number of buyers, the inevitable outcome are conflicted clients.
Exclusivity is vital.
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It’s worth remembering that the selling agents are working only for the vendors and are paid to get the highest price.
Clients come to us for our extensive knowledge of the Country market and we go to great lengths to understand the criteria they are looking to fulfil – what they really want to buy. We tell you how it is – what is possible and what is not.
We listen to your property search needs
We probe for things which you may not have considered. We then advise on strategies to suit your specific needs.
We listen to your requirements and advise on ideal locations drawing on our years of experience.
Understanding your lifestyle is vital so we can ensure you have good access to what’s important to you, be it country pursuits, airports or schooling.
As experienced buying agents, over the decades we’ve got to know the intricacies of the most desirable locations as well as the many pitfalls to avoid – buying the wrong property could be an expensive mistake, which we ensure our clients do not make.
The easy part. With many decades of experience, we have the contacts and knowledge to find your perfect property – we know where to look.
We give you 100% coverage of the market whether you are searching for a country house, farm or 1000 acre estate. Typically, 90% of which should not bought for one reason or another.
This is why you need a knowledgeable, trusted advisor to filter out the unsuitable. Remember, you will be our only client looking for your property type, so you get to see them all.
Knowing what not to buy is as important as what to buy.
We act as a filter ensuring you only see the best and do not waste time on properties you will never buy – Jamie Freeman
Through our contacts and knowledge, we make our clients aware of Country properties that they would not otherwise hear about. Very often, the best properties are sold privately, without going to market. Our aim is to ensure that our clients don’t miss out.
We do due diligence.
With our scrutiny, you know exactly what you’re getting.
So many people fall in love with a house and just attempt to buy it – what do they actually know? They know the guide price the agent told them. But how do they know it’s right?
Haringtons has its own due diligence framework to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of every suitable property for you – making sure nothing is left to chance and expensive mistakes are avoided.
Solicitors often have no idea what’s on the ground – only what’s on paper. We work as a team with them looking well beyond the obvious.
Having identified a Country property that our clients might like to buy, we then hold the proposition up to the cold light of day for in-depth scrutiny, to make sure that there are no unforeseen factors that could affect it.
We prepare a written report that will cover such diverse issues as local planning, environmental issues, local amenities, comparable valuation evidence and background to the area.
We pick up the issues that fall between the solicitor’s report on title and the surveyor’s structural report. We also put some objectivity behind the value of the property.
Finding your Country property is just the tip of the iceberg.
We report on;
- Guidance on location, including schools and communications
- Awareness of potential problems: flight paths, eyesores, footpaths and other environmental issues
- On value and comparable evidence
- The best lawyers, surveyors, planning consultants and architects
We are highly skilled negotiators.
Finding a Country property is one thing. Securing it at the right price is another. We buy our clients the best Country property on the best terms.
Whilst many of our clients are often experienced negotiators in their own fields, old clients inform us that they find this part of our service is as valuable as the finding of the property.
It’s not always only about price. We get the vendors to see our clients as the preferred buyers and we make sure they have a good relationship with our clients throughout the negotiations.
We stop the “the stiff-legged terrier syndrome”. – Jonathan Harington
Country selling agents want the right person, not just the highest bid. We ensure they see Haringtons clients as the best buyers.
Remember, the selling agent has no regard for your interests. It’s vital to have the very best team working for you.
We introduce a top professional team – lawyers, surveyors, planning consultants, land agents, architects, and so on. We are the lynchpin and work with all of them together, acting as the interface.
We get the vendor to see us as the buyer. – Jamie Freeman
Many Country property buyers do not go to the property they have purchased on the day of completion. How do they know it has not flooded, burnt down or has squatters?
We always go to the property on the day of completion to make sure all is in order. If there have been inclusions in the deal such as carpets and curtains, furniture or garden machinery, we make sure they have not been removed.
Once we are happy that all is as it should be, we telephone the solicitors and instruct them to release the completion money – but not until we are completely satisfied.
Buying a property in The Country
As you can see on the map, we operate over a large part of the country. We do not cover all price ranges in every region, it would be impossible because we aim to see every property that might be of interest to one of our clients. Our philosophy is to, ‘never offer a service that we cannot provide’. So give us a call and we will tell you if we can help. If we can’t, we will be happy to give you some general advice.
Contact Jonathan or Jamie for more information.