Spring has sprung and it’s the time of year when people who know it’s time for a change, start their property search. Where do you begin? Especially if you don’t know the area, the house might be right but what about location, commute, community to name a few major aspects on making a ‘good move’. The competition for a great family home, in particularly outside London, is fierce and you need someone in the know and on the ground who can be your eyes and ears to properties that you wouldn’t otherwise hear about…
This is where Catherine and Alice can assist! Hutton Bubear are a bespoke property-buying agent providing unrivalled access to properties marketed both privately and publicly including many not available on the open market.
They act solely on behalf of their buyers and tenants to find homes across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and London.
They have excellent relationships with all the agents and are often first to hear about a new property on the market through word of mouth.
If any these counties are on your list – get in touch and I can guarantee they will make what is usually chore, very enjoyable!
We pride ourselves on clearly understanding our clients’ brief in order to find the perfect property for them.
What made you start your business?
We moved out of London to relocate in the country with small children in tow and even though we had a great deal of property experience, we realised that finding the perfect house is just the start. To us, there was an obvious gap in the market for a professional advisory service for families looking to make the move from town to country (or vice versa).
Together we decided to put our years of property search experience together and create the business to fill that gap. We both fully understand the challenges a big move brings and work tirelessly to make it as smooth as possible for our clients.
Who is HB ideal for?
We’ve worked with lots of people in different situations, from families relocating from a big city to the country to those wanting to downsize. We’ve worked with investment buyers to those with no experience wanting to find their dream house.
We understand our clients have busy lives so our aim is to provide a home search that’s second to none as well as taking out the stress of the buying process by dealing with agents, lawyers and other third parties on our clients’ behalf.
How do you juggle work with family?
It’s easier now that all of our children are at school but with two of us, we were able to help each other out when we first set up the business. We’re a real team and when we’re not on the road finding properties we work where we live. Obviously we try and maintain a healthy balance but because there are two of us, it means we really can be in two places at once if we need to be!
What do you recommend thinking about when looking for a home?
- Schools are obviously high on the list with most of our clients but the key is knowing the (realistic) travel times as well as fully understanding what each school can offer.
- We look closely at the practicalities of commuting including train journeys and travel to stations.
- We find out if there are any hidden catches that might be a future nuisance or financial burden along with checking a myriad of other things like road noise, planning applications, flight paths and so on.
- Gut feel when you walk into a house counts for a lot but we make sure all the pros and cons have been fully investigated.
Restaurant : Numero Uno on Northcote Road. A throwback to my London years! Still love it.
Hotel : Baba Beach Club in Thailand thanks to an unforgettable family holiday a few years ago.
Holiday Destination : The North coast of Scotland – remote, but so beautiful.
Shop : Iris in London. Happily they have a brilliant online shop so I can still visit albeit virtually these days!
Website : www.re-foundobjects.com – gorgeous things for the home
Interior designer : Rita Konig
The ability to laugh, a proper Sunday roast and a good night’s sleep all help!
Give them a call today for an initial chat!
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