7 places to find your next property

Posted on 2 Oct

If you thought online was the only way to find a property, think again. While refreshing Rightmove every hour may feel like your only route to a new home, there are lots of other places to find a property and you may even get a better deal or exclusive access by pursuing an alternative strategy. Here are Viewber's top places to prowl for available properties.

1. Online portals – there’s no denying that Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket are great places to search for a property and setting alerts ensures you never miss a new listing. The filters, ‘draw’ an area facilities, local information and display format ensure you see relevant properties in a user-friendly way on whatever device.

2. Auctions – auctions are not the sole preserve of landlords, dealers and builders. Any buyer can go to an auction and bid on a property. Catalogues can be obtained before the event and there are data rooms full of info. If you’re drawn to the buzz and the instant decision of an auction, it’s essential to seek financial and legal advice with regards to deposits, a mortgage, exchange and completion before you attend, as different rules apply.

3. Estate agents direct – don’t write off estate agents, they’re a powerful source of properties and will sometimes sell or rent before coming to the market. Registering with every agent where you’d like to live is crucial. If you’re on their waiting list they’ll call you as soon as a new property matching your requirements is taken on – potentially before they upload the property online.

4. Social media – love it or hate it, people use social media. Word-of-mouth and neighbourhood gossip is very powerful. If you post saying you’re looking for a property, you’ll often find out if someone is thinking of selling or renting before they’ve even gone to an estate agent. Use hashtags (#) naming the areas when writing a post as this will alert the right people in the right places. As well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, it’s worth checking if NextDoor is up and running in your desired moving locations.

5. Property finders – thankfully Phil Spencer and Kirsty Allsopp aren’t the only home finders operating - there are many individuals and niche companies waiting to assist home movers. The best home finders strike up direct relationships with agents, developers and house builders to get first refusal on new instructions and exclusive homes but expect a fee attached to this type of service.

6. Newspapers – if you’re looking for a bargain (and probably a project), consider a repossessed property. Mortgage lenders will sometimes cut out estate agents. They are required, however, to be seen as securing the highest price so advertise in local and even national newspapers. Look out for ‘public notices’ in the tucked-away classified pages for repossessions.

7. DIY letterbox approach – there is nothing stopping buyers or tenants creating their own letter and posting them through the letterboxes of properties they’d be interested in living in – even if it’s not currently for sale or to let. It’s a speculative and pre-emptive strike that might just pay off if the occupant is thinking of moving on.

Viewber is perfectly placed to undertake viewings on behalf of home movers, especially if they would like an initial condition report for a repossessed or auction property. Likewise, our Viewbers are happy to handle viewings attached to private sales on behalf of property owners and auctioneers.

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