In this new world we find ourselves in, with the country in lockdown, many of us furloughed, and social distancing becoming the norm, it may seem a very strange time to start the search for a new home. You might have been thinking about moving before the pandemic but have now put your plans on hold; or maybe having to #stayathome has sparked a desire to move and you can’t get it out of your head. Just because many things have been paused doesn’t mean you can’t look to the future, and this is why it’s a fantastic time to search for your new home.
More than a home
Although you’re looking to buy a property, it’s becoming part of a new community and neighbourhood that can make a house feel like your home. This time has seen communities coming together to support and help each other, from running errands to even just providing entertainment for their street, such as bingo, a street disco, or exercise classes. Whilst you’re looking at properties also do some research into the local area, what can it offer you and your family? Why not ask people within the neighbourhood their opinion through local Facebook pages, or chat to an estate agent like myself – the area can make a massive difference when buying a home.
What do you want?
Although this time has been filled with confusion it has also provided a lot of clarity on what’s important. What you believed was essential a few months ago may now seem like a distant memory, or you may have been spending the last few weeks craving a particular space to make your and your family’s life a whole lot easier. Before you start your search, take some time to reflect what’s important and explain why to your estate agent.
Have a conversation
Starting your search for a property online hasn’t really changed, but how many of you had utilised the expertise of your local estate agent? At NEXA Bristol we work closely with buyers; by understanding what’s important to you we can help you find your dream home, even if it’s not on the market yet. Many buyers don’t see the advantage of building a relationship with an estate agent, but we can work on your behalf ensuring you’re the first to view when we hear of a property coming onto the market that we know would be perfect for you. Don’t go it alone, give me a call personally on 07807778350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – all social distancing measures apply!
At NEXA Brsitol we can provide you with a virtual viewing, a fantastic experience allowing you to fully view a property without having to be there. Remember, due to restrictions some of these will be handmade. Not all estate agents have this facility, but you can register your interest in viewing a property for when some of the restrictions have been lifted. New properties are still coming onto the market, and we can also offer those who are looking to sell a virtual valuation. So relax, put your feet up and start the search for your new home from the comfort of your sofa.
There has been a tightening of borrowing restrictions by many lenders, with some requiring a larger deposit than they did a couple of months ago. However, there have been positive signs over the last week or so, with some lenders now offering green shoots for those seeking a mortgage. Our advice would be to speak to a professional mortgage broker such as Edward Haupt at Twenty20 Finance or Sian Turell at Adams Financial planning or Emma Smith at Grace and Co financial services all of whom I would personally recommend and will be able to search all the products available to find the right solution for you. If you want to speak to any of these guys I have tagged them in this post for you, so look them up!
Only for the brave
Not all potential buyers are brave enough to continue their search for a new home in this new era of living and working, and, as such, those that are, are serious. This places you in a strong position when placing an offer on a property, as sellers will trust that you have done your research and are committed to purchasing their home.
What could be more exciting than to come out of lockdown knowing that you will be soon in your dream home? Start the search for your new home today and strengthen your search by starting a conversation with myself at NEXA Bristol
I look forward to hearing from you.