Stamp of approval

Stamp of approval

As a property acquisition consultancy, we are frequently asked by our clients to recommend a professional solicitor to act for them. Guy Hurst from Eric Robinson solicitors is one of a number that we feel comfortable in recommending and he recently wrote the following very interesting article on SDLT.  

Focus on Winchester and the surrounding villages

Focus on Winchester and the surrounding villages

Winchester is a vibrant heritage destination just an hour south west of London, with fabulous attractions and beautiful architecture. The city has a magnificent Cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops. This culturally rich medieval city is surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the fabulous rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park. 

Barn conversions

Barn conversions

Barn conversions have continued to become very popular, principally for their open plan living style combined with their countryside setting, a common consequence of their former use. Besides wooden features or beautiful brickwork they usually have vaulted ceilings, which give a lovely sense of space inside.

Check the length of your lease

Check the length of your lease

If you own or are considering purchasing a flat as a second home, it may well be a leasehold property. If it is, the inherent value of the flat is linked to the length of its lease. This is an area which many fail to appreciate until they come to sell, often finding out the hard way that they should have tackled the issue proactively.

The kitchen

The kitchen

Arguably the most important room in the house. Too often people find their ideal home but reject the house based on the kitchen not being modern enough or lacking a certain feature. However, if everything else with the property, particularly its location, is what you are looking for, then the kitchen should not necessarily be a stumbling block to your new home.


Buying a plot of land

Buying a plot of land

For many, trying to find and buy your perfect house to meet your exacting standards, specifications and aspirations can be a tough and time consuming job. Some people give up and try to find other methods or solutions to finding their perfect home, while others have a desire from the outset to take on a project and build something themselves.

It would be my dream property if I could just...

It would be my dream property if I could just...

Buying a property for the majority is a stressful, nerve racking and intimidating experience. Finding a suitable property, handling the negotiation and then worrying about the legal conveyance process is time consuming and complex enough before you add to that the confusion and perplexity of adapting your ideal property to meet your needs and vision. 

Purchasing a Property: A list of costs to consider

Purchasing a Property: A list of costs to consider

In the UK, the buyer is not responsible for paying the estate agent. The estate agent is working on behalf of the vendor to sell the property and is paid accordingly.

As a buyer, you will need to pay the agreed negotiated price for the property to the vendor through your solicitors, whilst the vendor pays their own solicitors for professional fees and their selling agent a commission.

Premier Property Search named as one of Eprivateclient’s Top 25 Residential Property Buyers for 2016

Premier Property Search named as one of Eprivateclient’s Top 25 Residential Property Buyers for 2016

For the 3rd year running, we are delighted to announce that Premier Property Search have been named as one of Eprivateclient’s 2016 Top 25 Residential property buyers.  This accolade, of being recognised as one of the best independent property search and buying companies in the UK, is judged by a panel of experts shortlisting more than 65 firms nationwide.

Selecting a Solicitor when Purchasing a Property

Selecting a Solicitor when Purchasing a Property

Many people have never used, or had the need to use a solicitor prior to buying a property.

If you are moving from overseas you may have used alternatives to a solicitor, such as a “Settlement Agent”. It is essential that in the UK, a solicitor who specialises in residential property conveyancing is used by both the purchaser and seller to handle the necessary legal work properly.

The impact of Osborne's 3% stamp duty increase on buy-to-let properties and second homes

The impact of Osborne's 3% stamp duty increase on buy-to-let properties and second homes

In his recent autumn statement, the Chancellor George Osborne announced that from April 2016 buyers of buy to let properties and second homes will have to pay an additional 3 per cent stamp duty.

In the last three weeks since the announcement we have experienced a surge in enquiries from private clients trying to secure and invest their money before the April deadline.

Property Negotiation: Case Study

Property Negotiation: Case Study

Often, the key to finding the right property is the timing. We make it our business to keep in touch with a network of property agents and many other property professionals on a regular basis. In this case study, the Williams Family fournd their dream Old Rectory home just hours before boarding a flight for Australia and they put their trust in us, Premier Property Search to undertake the consequent negotiation and secure the property on their behalf.

To commute or not to commute?

To commute or not to commute?

For many people, especially families who live and work in London, this is the key question to consider. The disruption to family life, the potential huge cost and effort that is involved weighed up against the potential benefits to be gained are major considerations with major implications.

It's a Private Affair

It's a Private Affair

The press often take an interest in the top properties, particularly at a local level, and are keen to know who bought what property and for how much. It is therefore not surprising that both clients and vendors would rather keep their private lives private.

The Benefits of Retaining a Property Search Agent

The Benefits of Retaining a Property Search Agent

We are often asked how we find and buy some of the best properties that are ostensibly never advertised. Over the last 25 years we have built a reputation for finding ‘off-market’ properties - to both buy and rent – through our network of contacts, experience and market knowledge. This white paper answers the key questions that our clients often ask us before deciding to retain our services in their hunt for a new home.

Thinking outside the box to gather information on properties not yet on the open market

Thinking outside the box to gather information on properties not yet on the open market

For many years as property professionals we have often had to think outside the box when we are gathering information, particularly about properties we get to know about that are not yet on the open-market.

Driving around country roads, peering into people’s entrance ways and even ‘accidently’ steering up a drive to take a sneaky peaky at a property has occurred more than on one occasion over the years.

The Number 5 Reason for Moving - Investment and Planning for Retirement

The Number 5 Reason for Moving - Investment and Planning for Retirement

The fifth most common reason for moving home is planning for one's retirement. With low interest rates predicted to continue for some time, clients are looking for other ways of investing their monies as an alternative to other income streams.  Planning for the future is a key part of property ownership and buying a second home as an investment, with a view to retirement, is still an important part of the residential property market.

When should you market your property?

When should you market your property?

In a blog first published on 24th June on Plentific, a property information portal, Nigel Sellers of Premier Property Search was asked about his views on the best time of year to market your property.

Traditionally, it was considered that Spring, going into the warmer summer months, was the first of two seasonal and best times to market your property with a second shorter period of Autumn, around September and October. However...." 

Premier Property Search recognised as one of the UK’s Top 25 Residential Property Buyers.

Premier Property Search recognised as one of the UK’s Top 25 Residential Property Buyers.

We are delighted to have been named for the second year running as one of eprivateclient’s 2015 Top 25 Residential Property Buyers. Being recognised as one of the best independent property search and buying companies in the UK is especially pleasing given that the accolade is given by a judging panel of acknowledged experts who survey a short-list of over 65 firms throughout the UK.

Break Through from Your Mold

Break Through from Your Mold

This fantastically evocative sculpture by Zenos Frudakis also simply known as ‘Freedom’ is a statement about the struggle for achievement of freedom through the creative process. It depicts a human figure evolving and emerging from cocoon-like beginnings in a wall, until three iterations later it runs free, arms aloft across the pavement.

The Number 3 Reason for Moving - Lifestyle

The Number 3 Reason for Moving - Lifestyle

In the last two blogs, we explored the biggest motivator for people moving home – education and working from home. The third most prevalent reason is the desire for a change in lifestyle and the ever-shrinking commute-time is making it possible for more families to live in the suburbs or the country and enjoying the benefits that this brings while still working in the city.

The Number 1 Reason for Moving Home - Education

The Number 1 Reason for Moving Home - Education

Over the last 25 years by far and away the most common reason given by our clients for moving home is that they need to move out of London to find appropriate schooling for their children – principally to private schools although in recent years we have seen an increasing tendency for our clients to be considering both state and private education.

New Websites Launched

New Websites Launched

As we approach our 25th year of business providing property search, negotiation, acquisition and corporate relocation services, we are delighted to announce and draw to your attention to the launch of our two new Property Search and Corporate Relocation web sites.

The UKs Most Desirable Places To Live

The UKs Most Desirable Places To Live

According to the recent Halifax Quality of Life Survey the district known as Hart in north-east Hampshire is occupying the top spot once again.

It scored highly on a number of measures, including residents' health and well-being, education, employment levels, low crime rates, good weather and good broadband access.

Chong Fah Cheong First Generation

Chong Fah Cheong First Generation

This wonderful sculpture is called First Generation and was created by Chong Fah Cheong. First Generation was unveiled on December 31st 2000 and depicts a group of boys jumping into the Singapore River near the Fullerton Hotel. It was created as part of a series of sculptures by various sculptors, in the Open Air Interpretative Centre project by the Singapore Tourism Board.

February 2015 Property Market Update

February 2015 Property Market Update

February 2015 Property Market Update: Political turmoil dominates the residential housing market. Despite the positive spin that many property journalists and professionals are predicting, the property markets in early 2015 are bound to be dominated by one event in less than 100 days time – the General Election

You have relocated your head office and now what about your staff?

You have relocated your head office and now what about your staff?

Moving house is rated as the most stressful undertaking in life second only to divorce. With this in mind you are likely to be met with some reservations and barriers by your staff to the idea of a move. It inevitably means upheaval for their family, a new home and new schools for the children, possibly a new job for the spouse, as well as an enormous amount of time and heartache in organising the entire process.

Family Relocation Hampshire
Family Relocation Hampshire
Mark and Jane Carter

It's hard to overestimate how much you have done for us. The difference you have made to our start back in the UK is immense.

Family Home Hampshire
Family Home Hampshire
Adam & Tabitha Jay

We would heartily recommend Premier Property Search and I am happy to chat to anyone thinking of using their services.

Land for Development
Land for Development
Andrew & Veronica Fernando

We were somewhat sceptical of achieving our aim in such a competitive market

London Family Home
London Family Home
Mark and Michelle Whitfeld

Off market London purchase for a growing family.