The Hill: Insider Know-how
Sat 01 Dec 2012
The importance of local knowledge cannot be stressed too highly when choosing an estate agent.
They say one of the markers of a desirable location is the number of estate agencies to be seen in the area. By this token, Notting Hill clearly achieves top scores, with leading agencies including Knight Frank, Savills, Strutt & Parker, Douglas & Gordon, Hamportons International, Marsh & Parsons, Winkworth, Bective Leslie Marsh, Chard and Faron Sutaria all having a branch here.
When choosing an estate agent - whether you are a potential vendor, buyer, landlord or tenant - local knowledge is perhaps the msot important attribute they can have. A trusted agent who knows the area like the back of their hand will be able to advise you on all matter of things on top of the actual property.
For buyers or tenants, good local agents will be able to match you to your perfect area: recommend which streets would suit you, where local schools are located and why two similar houses carry such different price tags, for example.
They will also be able to highlight any potential problems, such as traffic congesion or parking issues at certain times of the day, proximity to noisy bars, and so on.
While this is obviously important for people moving to Notting Hill from another area, even those who already live here can benefit from the wide-ranging advice that only a local agent can provide.
For sellers, local agents know exactly what price your property can command, and cn advise you on the best figure fo a quick sale, or a slower burner that will enable you to recieve the best possible margin. The chances are they will already have sold properties in your street or neighbouring streets. Equally importantly, landlords can rely on local agents to understand all the nuances of the local lettings market.
Whilst looking online for your dream property is obviously fast and effective, these local agents also encourage buyers and sellers alike to drop into their local branch and meet their agents face to face. That way, they can get a real feel of what you are looking for and you will also be front of their minds when a great new property hits their books. And these local agents, who often live in the area themselves, are always ahead of the game on what's happening in the neighbourhood in terms of building and regeneration.
They're a friendly bunch who love helping buyers and sellers so if you've got a property to sell or want to buy something new in buzzy Notting Hill, drop in to see them this month - you won't regret it.