BLOG: ‘Why I left estate agency after 30 years to become a buying agent’

Jason Corbett founded Rowallan Buying Agents in 2022 after more than 30 years working for the likes of Savills, Carter Jonas and Sotheby’s International Realty.

Jason Corbett

On the back of a successful career in estate agency, I wanted to help and support buyers who wanted both a premium and valuable service.

I saw many hopeful buyers who had failed to find a new property or kept missing out on their perceived ideal home, leaving them hugely frustrated with the property system, such as it is.

Home movers are increasingly valuing the premium service buying agents (also known as search agents or property agents) provide recognising that it saves them both a considerable amount of time and money.

Harnessing our access to the very best off-market properties through a list of hard-won estate agent contacts is seen by the buyer as their gateway to success.

We’re also experienced negotiators who secure the right home at the best price.

Understanding true value

Without a buying agent our clients have to find time to talk to and update agents or struggle to place their sealed bids in time because they’re caught up elsewhere.

Offering also needs to be done after researching and understanding the true value of a property while keeping emotions in check. This can’t be done by simply popping in and out of Rightmove over a few months. Sellers have estate agents to look after their interests whereas smart buyers have buying agents.

Buying a house is an investment, and for all other investments, such as wine, gold or shares we take professional advice, so why wouldn’t we do the same when buying a home?

In reality, our service often ends up free. If I can save 5 – 10% on a £3 million home, it’s likely that my clients will be over £200,000 better off – a huge saving!

Little black book

The very best buying agents have years of estate agency experience behind them. We will have built a bulging little black book of contacts and will have worked through every rise and fall of the property market resulting in unsurpassed experience and an extensive knowledge to navigate difficult markets.

My firm covers South West London, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex and Kent. I also have an in-depth knowledge of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset and Scotland.

Our typical clients are looking at properties from £1,000,000 and above.”

Our typical clients are looking at properties from £1,000,000 and above.

The HNWIs interested in Surrey want to buy in the private roads and estates near popular locations such as Cobham, Oxshott, Weybridge, parts of Farnham and Guildford and some of the stunning rural locations within an hour or so of London.

These clients don’t have time to look for themselves or are coming to the UK from abroad, (when chartered flights will be arranged) but all value an incredible level of service to ensure that, like all their investments, they are acquiring the very best.

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