Readjusting your buying compass
Gone are the days when opportunity was confined to London and the South East. Today’s workforce is ultra mobile, with an agile approach, wifi and cloud computing making it possible to live anywhere in the country yet still be part of a central team.
The knock on effect is a greater migration of people away from traditional employment hotspots, especially to areas where rent and house prices are more in tune with wages. In fact, research by estate agents Hamptons International revealed almost 94,500 people moved out of cities and into the countryside in 2017 - part of an upwards trend.
For owner-occupiers looking to relocate, there’s the excitement of discovering new areas that are, perhaps, at the other end of the country. For buy-to-let investors, there are opportunities in other towns and cities, where yields are attractive and rental demand high.
Although the internet has made buying in a new location much easier, with a vast amount of information at our fingertips, sometimes a physical visit is required.
Don’t let the distance come between us
Many people are looking to escape the so-called rat race but it’s that 24/7 non-stop existence that prevents many from making the move. Having the time to visit new areas and conduct property viewings can be tricky when you have a full-time job, a family and a packed social calendar.
Landlords can also find they’re big on intention but short on time. The investment sector is buzzing with the ‘northern powerhouse’ phenomenon, with cities including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield receiving intense investment to create more jobs and thriving residential quarters. The rental yields are eclipsing those in the south, with reports of up to 7% on buy-to-lets. Many property investors based in the south, however, find the distance a hurdle – struggling to find the time to make a few trips north to view potential investments.
And it’s not just time - trips back and forth cost money. Say you’re living in Southampton but an exciting job opportunity arises in Leeds. You want to visit a potential property but need to complete the visit in as quicker time as possible, so opt to fly. The average price of a flight between the two locations is around £100. Add in travel to the airport, parking and food, and it becomes a costly exercise. In contrast, a booking can be made with Viewber for as little as £45 plus VAT. The time and money saving is obvious.
Viewings on your behalf
What if you didn’t have to view a property in person to get a feel for the place and location? Would that help achieve your dream move to the countryside or increase your buy-to-let options? Viewber can view any property on a nationwide basis in your place. Our Viewbers are independent, local people who conduct property viewings and document their findings in an accurate report that includes photographs.
Not only will they describe what the property is like inside and out (detailing décor, fixtures, fittings and even if there’s evidence of damp or odd odours), they’ll also report on the immediate local area – looking for signs of vandalism and litter, and even noting the noise levels and weather conditions when they visited. We’ll even add in your own questions if there’s anything specific you want the Viewber to look for.
Our Viewbers will be your eyes and ears, allowing you to compile a short-list of potential properties without leaving the comfort of your own home - no long, wasted journeys and no disappointments when you arrive.
How to book a Viewber
Booking one of our Viewbers to undertake a viewing on your behalf is easy and we’ll get a Viewber to the property, whatever the location. To get started, simply arrange a viewing direct with the estate agent handling the property but be sure to let them know a third-party Viewber will be your representative. A Viewber will meet the agent at the property and conduct a thorough tour so they can complete their report. You’ll receive the report shortly after the visit, leaving you free to browse the contents at your leisure.
To discover more and to book a Viewber, contact us today.
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