The Easter term holiday is booked and the day before travelling the house of your dreams becomes available; so what do you do. Change your schedule or even think about cancelling the holiday to Marrakech?
Premier Property Search are retained by a client whose vision was to upscale in overall size of accommodation, have a larger garden for their growing children and hopefully have the space for the court and pool. The challenge from the outset was to find this ‘elusive’ property within the same Hampshire village, as the children were happy attending the school that happened to be within walking distance of their current home.
We found out that a suitable property that sounded to be perfect was about to be photographed, floor plans had already been measured and the brochure in the process of being written and pulled together. Time was of the utmost importance given that our clients were about to leave for their Easter holiday but with some persuasion a ten minute viewing was arranged with the agents and the vendors. Only ten minutes as they were about to drive to the airport and that’s all the time they had spare.
Importantly, our clients were ahead of anyone else knowing about the pending marketing of the house. The ten minute viewing seemed to go well and despite being unsure as to whether to alter the holiday plans so as not to miss out, the clients were persuaded to continue and go on their vacation. The frantic phone calls on their way to the airport and while in the departure lounge was discussing the best strategy as to how best we should secure the property effectively getting the house withdrawn from the open market.
The flight departed to Marrakech and the holiday was underway. By the time the family had landed the initial offer to buy the house was in full negotiation. The initial reaction and problem we had to overcome from the owners, who had not sold a house for over forty years, were they felt that this was all too good to be true. The first people to view the house made an offer. They had been informed by the selling agents that the market was lethargic and sluggish, be prepared for many viewings as it may take some time before a suitable buyer is found!
By day three of our client’s holiday they were in the dessert, an organised trek on camels to experience the remote wilderness; we were told the family were about 100 miles from anywhere. Communications and in particular wi-fi was none existent other than every 2-3 hours when they stopped at water holes strangely.
By day 4 the negotiations were complete, price, timing and a deal agreed, a message was sent and eventually received by WhatsApp that we had secured the property for our clients. An exclusivity agreement granted, the house withdrawn from the open market and all while clients were on vacation in the heart of the Moroccan desert.
The ‘legals’ were dealt with, survey booked and exchange within two weeks of Easter 2019.