A Chartered Surveyor and property professional in both the public and private sector with over 30 years of experience in property and estate agency Stephen is well placed to understand the potential pitfalls of house purchase or rental and the challenges facing buyers or renters relocating for business purposes or simply seeking their next dream home in a new area.
Often these challenges arise simply because of the distance and time involved in seeking out properties, visiting estate agents, seeking out the best schools, and other local services, whilst at the same time often coping with the demands of a new job, not to mention the normal demands of family life.
Over the years, my career as a Chartered Surveyor has taken me to many parts of the U.K. It has always struck me that when looking for property in an unfamiliar place often the only advice on the area and the property itself is available from the Estate Agent you are actually buying or renting from who is actually, quite rightly, acting on behalf of the seller or landlord. The service offered by County Homesearch not only removes the stress and effort involved in simply finding that dream property, but once found, actually provides an entirely impartial view on the suitability of the property from an experienced property professional who is there to personally assist the buyer with negotiations , and every stage of the homebuying process.
To compliment the Home Finding service, Stephen is keen to do much more by providing a complete one stop service if required …this could include, introductions to mortgage and financial services providers, local solicitors, local surveyors, removals, storage facilities, local builders, interior designers, or even a local concierge service for second home owners.
The areas of Oxfordshire and rural Berkshire, offer one of the most diverse selections of property available in the UK from the lively City of Spires, Oxford, to the many historic market towns of the county, and rural Berkshire home to many beautiful villages all of which have access to an excellent road and rail transport network which provides efficient links from the true Heart of England to all regions and London.
One of the most beautiful English counties, Oxfordshire stretches across the southern midlands of England from the commuter belt of London up to that of Birmingham. The county is a popular visitor destination famed for its rural beauty, numerous market towns and of course Oxford city itself, with a global reputation for its academic and architectural splendour, The Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is also an area rich in heritage and outstanding natural beauty.
Oxfordshire is essentially an agricultural county with rolling hills and meandering river valleys but is also an established centre of ground breaking science, technology and engineering. The main population centre is the university city of Oxford with the remaining population housed in a series of smaller market towns and many picturesque rural villages.
The City of Oxford is just 50 minutes from central London by train or 90 minutes by car and benefits from frequent bus and rail services.
The western section of the Royal County of Berkshire includes the communities of Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford and whilst predominantly rural in nature with many pretty village locations including the home of National Hunt Race Horse training at Lambourn, West Berkshire is also home to several centres of scientific excellence and the World Headquarters of Vodaphone at Newbury. A very popular location for people commuting to London, under an hour to London Paddington, the area can offer a very wide range of property types from the traditional village thatched cottage to fine country estates plus a wide range of newly built property to suit all tastes.
Popular locations Oxfordshire
Popular locations Rural Berkshire
I had a wonderful experience with Stephen. He was very knowledgeable, professional and most important treated me as if I was part of his family. TP Feb 2012
We were recommended to The County Homesearch Company by some friends. We had already identified the property we wanted to move into so the services focused on facilitating the purchase. This included liaising with the estate agent/surveyor and solicitor and negotiating on our behalf. We had a very tight timescale from offer to completion. We wouldn’t have done it without The County Homesearch. Stephen responded to any queries we had by return. The level of communication was excellent. CJ Aug 2012
“Despite already having some level of familiarity with the area to which we were moving, it was incredibly convenient to have Stephen undertake all the travelling and searching for us during what was a very busy and stressful time in our family life. Quite simply it would have been impossible to do without his help! ”
“The two things which we most valued about the service we received from County Homesearch were firstly being able to benefit from the professional and often long-standing relationships which Stephen has with the estate agents in the area. In serving as our representative he was able to remain both calm and considerate in his dealings both with us and with the estate agents. We are convinced this added to our appeal as buyers. Stephen was regularly in contact with the estate agents without prompting and even also with our solicitor on occasion, in addition to keeping us regularly informed and updated up until exchange of contracts. This was both reassuring and encouraging and helped to quickly resolve any problems or queries before they got out of hand.
Secondly it was lovely knowing that we would only need to visit a smaller, select number of properties which Stephen had whittled down on our behalf, and then having the benefit of his experience and observation as he accompanied us round these properties. He selected some lovely properties, of a very high standard, and even in the face of an evolving brief managed to provide us with some strong contenders for consideration.”
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County Homesearch Company Ltd
267 Banbury Road
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