Over the years, I have observed a market-wide decline in personal service provided to both vendors and buyers by estate agents. The sale of property has become too mercenary; the drive for numbers is too prevalent and personal service has been lost. My clients have told me that they have valued the personal attention and professional advice that I have given them, during such a complex and often stressful process.
In my view, your estate agent should be a trusted adviser, in the same way you have a relationship with your Lawyer, Dentist, Doctor or Accountant. Your estate agent should help you obtain the best value for your property, facilitate the purchase of your next family home and mitigate the risk for you when undertaking a large investment. Why would you trust that to someone with whom you don’t have a relationship?
I am an independent residential estate agent with a close network of local contacts and professionals, which allows me to be effective without the big corporate push for volume sales and administering hard-sell tactics. I have the standard estate agency marketing tools in place, as you would expect, but my passion is to get the best deal for my clients and to match people with the properties that match their desires and ambitions.
The process of selling and / or buying a property is a complex one; prone to delay and stress, especially if there is a chain.
From the point at which one decides to sell their property, to the point when they hand their keys over, is what I call the Journey to Completion. Often, finding a buyer is just the beginning of the journey. Having an experienced individual handling the sales process rather than lots of inexperienced staff, your interests will be protected throughout that journey.
During the sale I will work with you and your conveyancing team to guide you to making the best decisions when necessary. Many Estate Agents will leave their customers to the vagaries of this process, some passing the file to a third party ‘sales progressed’ or ‘contract chaser’, who will not have a relationship with either the buyer or the seller. I see my role as your trusted adviser as an intrinsic part of this process.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in real estate, I have attained considerable recognition in residential sales, investment and commercial property across the Henley area, the Thames Valley and London. A long-time Henley resident, I am involved in many local and civil initiatives and I am well-known among my robust network of contacts.
I have a select network of trusted colleagues who are on hand, if required, to assist you in the sale or purchase of your home. These trusted colleagues are well-regarded and highly knowledgable in local estate agency. They include solicitors, surveyors, mortgage lenders, estate agents, builders, architects and planning consultants.
I have an excellent track-record of pricing property accurately. My market appraisals are based on extensive research for local equivalent properties that have recently sold, so that each valuation is based on up to date market evidence. With the right approach to marketing, a property should be sold at the best price, within the sellers desired time frame. In a competitive market place some estate agents will inflate asking prices to win the instruction to sell your home. Although it can be quite flattering to hear your home may achieve a higher value, over valuing will ultimately lead to disappointment and a drawn-out sales process. To book your free market appraisal click here
Phil's dedication and his extensive knowledge and experience of the local market was key to making our house sale a success. I would recommend him without reservation.
Philip assisted us with our house purchase in a very professional and discreet manner.
Philip has excellent local property knowledge and provides a very client led service. I would have no hesitation in recommending Philip to my clients, family or friends.
Philip is highly personable, his knowledge of his market is second to none, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Philip to any potential customers.
I would highly recommend Phil Booth, who successfully sold my property. He was very courteous, professional and informative in dealing with the sale.
Phil's advise and guidance married with his understanding of the area and the type of client that would match our house led to the property being bought by the first to view under his lead.
Phil knows Henley better than anyone and so has amazing knowledge of the local property market.