Much to celebrate this week – one of our clients exchanged on their new home and are looking forward to immersing themselves into the local community and Hampshire life when they complete in July.
When they contacted us last year, they had just missed out on a beautiful period farmhouse near Romsey which they had lost their hearts to. Despite being cash buyers with nothing to sell and offering the asking price, they were outbid by another buyer in a similar position who simply had a larger budget. When we met for a coffee and a chat, they were still feeling pretty shaken by it. Therefore the key reason for instructing us was to try to get to these properties ahead of the rest of the market. They not only wanted a particular style of period property, but also outbuildings for boats and accommodation for an elderly relative, long reaching views and good access for London, the Isle of Wight and the north. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a ‘goose chase’ however we are always up for the challenge!
Within a month we had found an imposing Georgian manor house and an offer was put in. However, what we didn’t know was that the neighbour who owned most of the surrounding land also wanted to buy it and even though their offer was lower than our clients, we were never going to be able to compete. Believing these things happen for a reason, we moved on and soon came across a wonderful former rectory in one of Hampshire’s most sought after villages in the Candover Valley. It was truly an amazing property with fantastic potential but needed a complete refurbishment from top to toe, plus the outbuildings and granny annexe would need to be created so planning would be needed. It proved to be a very popular estate with lots of offers coming in – sadly our clients couldn’t compete due to the amount they needed to factor in on top so that was a no go and we carried on the search.
The latter part of last year was very quiet for quality stock, especially in this price range and our clients had resigned themselves to the fact that they were unlikely to find anything until this spring/summer. However, thanks to the excellent relationships we have built with all the key agents, we were given the heads up about a farmhouse which was not due to come to the market until the middle of January. We viewed the property two weeks before Christmas – it was by far the best we had seen so far and, with two large barns plus not one but two cottages, we truly believed everything happens for a reason and that this was the perfect house for them. Our clients came down within a few days and loved it, it turned out their best friends had just moved out of the village so they already knew the area and in particular, the local! An offer was put in, and despite facing bird flu and other such hurdles along the way, contracts exchanged this week.
Our clients know they were unlikely to have got to this house without us, and if they had they would have almost definitely ended up in a bidding war for it and possibly lost out again. We are delighted for them and cannot wait to meet up in the summer for something cold to toast the beginning of the next chapter of their lives!