RELOCATION FROM LONDON TO CHESHIRE
Our client had already chosen a school for their children, and needed to quickly find a suitable property in order to relocate in time for the new school term starting in early September.
We met them on a Saturday in late May and took the instruction, proceeding immediately with the search. We initially showed the client 8 properties on the following Wednesday, including two “off market” properties. We continued to search and showed them further properties during the next week. Having confirmed the preferred property, we negotiated and agreed the purchase on the Friday two weeks after taking the instruction. The property in question had just come on to the market, and we were among the first to view.
The clients here had very little up to date knowledge of the North West, and very little free time to carry out their own search in the limited time available. We were also able to assist with introductions to a local conveyancing solicitor, building surveyor, sports club and au-pair agency. Contracts were exchanged in July, and completion occurred in mid-August.
LANCASHIRE EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY - INCLUDING PLANNING APPLICATION
We carried out a search and acquisition for a client relocating from near Hereford to the North West with very specific equestrian needs. The search was therefore primarily focused on the land and its facilities, with the housing need as a secondary factor!
We finally negotiated to buy an excellent property in central Lancashire, convenient to a number of equestrian centres. The property came with the option of additional land (17 acres) which we also secured. However there were no existing equestrian facilities on site, so having introduced our client to a local planning consultant an application was made to add a stable block, hay barn and outdoor ménage. The application was approved on appeal following initial rejection by the local authority.
Our clients acknowledged that this would have been an impossible exercise to carry out by themselves given the distances involved and their own business commitments.
LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
We were approached in late April by a couple living in rented accommodation who had been trying to find a suitable family home in the Lake District for several months. They desperately wanted to move into their own home by the end of August as they were expecting an addition to the family.
On instruction, we proceeded to search in the North Lakes area focusing on the Penrith, Keswick and Cockermouth areas. Within the Lake District National Park there is a very competitive market place. Good properties sell easily and quickly and buyers need to be very tuned in to the latest opportunities.
Within one week of beginning our search, we had found a property which was just about to be launched on to the market. We were the first to view it late on a Friday afternoon, took our clients on a viewing on the Monday, and had closed the deal on the Tuesday afternoon. The property was in an idyllic situation, with outstanding unobstructed views over their own field toward the local village and the valley and the hills beyond. The village school also met their needs perfectly. Completion was achieved in mid August.