Sharpen those elbows, and program the speed dial. We’re in the thick of the house-hunting season, and it is getting more and more competitive. Low supply and high demand mean that buyers need to employ every trick in the book to get ahead in their search for a new home, whether it’s a sleek urban chapel conversion or a stone cottage in the Cotswolds.
According to figures from the National Association of Estate Agents, flats and houses for sale are down from 63 to 61 properties per branch in the past month, while the number of house-hunters has risen from 293 to 297.
This means that for every property you have your heart set on, there are four other people equally determined to buy it. If you want to find the place of your dreams, you can’t be the kind of passive soul who just sits back and hopes for the best. This is a time that calls for active go-getters, prepared to use every ounce of cunning and initiative in order to track down the perfect property.
In other words, a cross between Inspector Morse and Philip Marlowe, Miss Marple and Lieutenant Columbo. You need persistence, a network of contacts, plus an ability both to sweet-talk and to play it tough.
So, to help you crack your homebuying case, we have rounded up some well-known house-hunting experts. And, with their help, put together this 20-point guide to being a property sleuth.
Original Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk