How to search

On market or off market.  Finding your next home will not always be an easy process but the more properties you see the easier it will become.

Property portals such as Rightmove, Onthemarket and Zoopla are an easy way to search.  You can set your criteria with regard to areas, number of bedrooms, price, etc and these portals will send you details of properties that match your requirements as and when they are launched onto the market.  This is a great start and will give you access to a large percentage of available property.  If you only use internet portals in your search for a new home, there will be drawbacks.  First of all your saved criteria is fixed and we know from experience that buyers change their requirements all of the time.

During the search process you will probably refine your criteria, perhaps changing your price range, search areas or even looking at radically different options.  Secondly, you will not be seeing all the properties that are available to buy.  Many of the homes we sell are sold ‘off market’ to buyers registered with us.  These homes never get launched on Rightmove, never see the Oxford Times and don’t have a for sale board placed outside.

In every one of our sales offices you will find estate agents with years of experience in the Oxfordshire market.  They know the good areas and the not so good areas.  They will have an intimate knowledge of the homes that they are selling and will have a sense as to whether they may be a match for your requirements.

So my advice is this; when you are looking to buy, by all means use the internet portals, register your search criteria and sift through the daily emails from them.  In addition make sure you call into your local Breckon & Breckon office and spend at least 15 minutes registering your requirements with one of our estate agents.  We can then talk to you about those off market sales and might mention properties that don’t perfectly match your criteria but could be your perfect home.

Call us today on 01865 244 735 or find a branch here.

Check out our pointers to bear in mind when looking for a new home.

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