Mon 14 Jan 2008

A word of advice regarding property inspection trips – Don’t do it!

I’m afraid we have been there and worn the T-shirt. We get to hear of some horrible stories as well!

Avoid estate agents, companies or developers offering to subsidize your cost, that’s if you don’t want to feel under any obligation and remain totally free and independent to do what you please as and when you wish!

It may sound like a good idea, especially when they grab your attention at the various exhibitions, offering free flights etc.

The truth is, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and the price you pay is your limitation of what properties you will view. You will also feel obliged to them if they have subsidized your trip.

It is also common to be subjected to sophisticated sales techniques at best or high pressure sales at worst!

You may be offered free flights, free airport pick ups, free accomodation etc, usually out of town and away from the other estate agents you may decide to pop in and see!

Then it’s usual to be picked up first thing to view everything you don’t want and realising you’ve missed out on everything you do, only to find you need to come back again.

The best thing to do, is to come out under your own steam and be under no obligation to anyone!

If you don’t have much time and need someone to help you put together a worth while property viewing schedule, you really ought to consider a professional independent property finder and advisor.

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