A UK based client requested a holiday home in Portugal and QE managed to successfully acquire a villa in Quinta do Lago at 2 million euros. QE researched the market and worked tirelessly to source suitable properties. We used our extensive connections within the industry to access suitable opportunities ahead of the competition. We found properties from a variety of sources - 50% of the properties we buy for our clients are secured long before they reach the open market.
A Hong Kong based client had just completed on a development in Croydon, London and asked Quintessentially Estates to assist with the letting of the property. Croydon was an area that was actually outside our core market, however, to ensure the client received a high level of service, QE agreed to manage the let for him and to oversee the agents in Croydon. QE instructed a letting agent and ensured the landlord was updated throughout the process. Once the property was let we managed the unit for the Landlord, dealing with any issues with the water, heating etc.
A Hong Kong based client, residing seasonally in the UK, contacted Quintessentially Estates for a domestic cleaning request for an apartment in Belgravia, London which was referred to our Property Management division. Having successfully assisted the client with a cleaning and a TV installation request, QE was asked if we would like to meet the client when they were in London. Upon meeting the client, he actually wanted to sell his property in Belgravia which would be at a market value of £5 million – in addition upsizing to a family house in North London and would be looking to acquire around £6 million. He engaged QE on the search and the acquisition service, and once we have found a suitable property had been sourced, QE will then go on to sell the Belgravia property. He is also interested in purchasing a property in Los Angeles; we have introduced him to the team there and the client is now actively viewing properties looking to spend $4.5m.
The London member had been looking in Notting Hill for over 6 months and was having trouble finding their dream home. They had detailed requirements and the location they would like to buy in is a very small catchment. The estate agents in the area kept sending the buyer options that did not meet their requirements, such as one bedroom properties when they needed two, lower ground floor flats when they required a higher floor with nice views.
Search & Acquisition:
We took our clients brief, previewed a large number of properties in London and shortlist the most suitable.
A report was written to our client, providing price analyses, rental yields and potential forecasted capital growth. Our client met with the consultants based in Hong Kong to review the shortlisted properties. As a global company, being able to have a face to face meeting is a real advantage.
Once our client was happy with a couple of great options he flew to London on a Friday night, viewed the properties on Saturday and left Sunday.
Being back at his desk on Monday morning.
Asking price - £1,400,000
Purchase price - £1,200,000
The client was looking for a decent looking flat in Central London, primarily for investment.
- 2 Bedrooms
An owner of a private equity company based in Hong Kong wanted to buy a London property as an investment.
He is a very busy business owner and stated that he could not spare one week day out of the office.
Search & Acquisition
This client was looking to purchase a flat for the daughters of the family, but had been struggling for 6 months to firstly find a property, but secondly to secure those which were of interest. It was extremely important that this property was located in an area with plenty of character, shops, bars, and restaurants, as well security and a convenient tube stop.
- 2 bedroom apartment
- Preferably in W8 or W11
- A good community with shops, cafés, restaurants & bars
- A safe area & secure property
- No ground floor
- Not Holland Park
- Commute to the city within 40 minutes
- No work needed
- Close to a tube stop
- No lifts
- Budget £2,500,000
This search required a considered approach and preparation in order to satisfy the brief. Prior to providing our client with a selection of properties we conducted a market survey, previewed a huge number of contenders and compiled reports for each property we thought would be suitable. All findings were presented to the client and a shortlist of 6 properties were identified for one day’s viewings.
The shortlist of properties were diverse, with some requiring the client to compromise on their needs. With our advice, the client was drawn to a 3 bedroom apartment on the first floor of a mansion block just off Kensington High Street. In contrast to the brief, this property required refurbishment, but the property value and opportunity to personalise the property demonstrated enough potential for an offer to be made.
Testament to the attractiveness of this apartment, it was required for our client to submit a best bid in order to secure the property. Our preparation of banks, surveyors and solicitors gave us the advantage in the best bids process. Our client secured the property and exchanged within 4 days.
“We couldn't have found the apartment nor won the best bids without Penny's help. I’m certain she gave us the edge in the process. My only regret is not coming to see her earlier.“
A client from Nigeria who was not a Quintessentially Member required assistance with the purchase of a holiday home in Rio de Janeiro. The client was aware of the recent property boom in Brazil but needed assistance navigating the foreign market.
The client was unable to set a date to visit Brazil and over a period of 12-18 months we were required to provide multiple options as an overview of the opportunities and properties that could be achieved.
- 2-3 bedrooms
- Apartment on the beach
- Excellent security
- No budget
Our international search specialists used current relationships with agents in Rio to source a selection of off-market and on-market opportunities. Market conditions meant we were required to be vigilant of over pricing and protecting our clients interests at all times.
A last minute call from our client meant we were advised of his arrival for viewings in Rio with less than 24 hours notice. However, 30 minutes after our client’s arrival our partners in Rio were on hand to greet the client. We secured 10 viewings over 2 days.
Our client decided to purchase a 3 bedroom penthouse with views over Ipanema Beach for £11million. To aid the transfer of money into Brazil we advised our client on company creation and also tax efficiency with the help of our network of private banks.
An American/Indian couple were looking for a home in London for when they relocated from New York. The couple were both new to London so were not set on a desired location, but they needed to be close to the shops, in a secure neighbourhood and with a good gym nearby.
- 3-4 bedrooms
- Above 2500 sq.ft
- In a safe and secure neighbourhood
- Good gym, good shopping
- Wanted close to Mayfair
- Budget £2500 per week
To fulfill this brief we were required to explore the main and most sought after locations in London. The client was shown Highbury and Islington, Notting Hill/Holland Park, Pimlico and Westminster. As we explored London, it was clear our client required more space than previously attained but also wanted great value for the rental. We therefore settled on a 4 bed property close to Pimlico Village. To secure an excellent price we negotiated an upfront payment of rent. The clients are now purchasing their next home with us.
Search & Acquisition
An individual from Russia, who has been living in Notting Hill for over 20 years, wanted advice and assistance purchasing an investment property that would be a nest egg for her children. Despite her knowledge of London, the client required insight into the best areas to invest, potential capital gains and yields, and guidance through the whole process.
- Substantial capital growth in the next 5 years
- A property that was easy to manage
- On the central line
- A new build or recent refurbishment
- Budget £500,000
Searching for an investment property requires consideration of a huge number of factors and can be risky. To begin the process we consulted our client on areas with most prospects for growth. In particular we advised her to look at areas that were going to be on the new Cross Rail train line. These areas are seeing appreciation in house values, but also large regeneration schemes. Of all the prospective areas we focussed on the Acton/Ealing area of west London.
We previewed a number of properties in the area and calculated the investment return on each option. After discounting any problematic properties we put forward a selection, and organised a client tour. On the same day of the tour we had secured the desired investment option for our client and instructed solicitors. Our detailed knowledge of the investment potential and prices saved our client extensive amounts of time. We exchanged and completed in 4 weeks and the client used our Rental Management Service to ensure a tenant was found for the property prior to the completion.
Our Quintessentially Home team now manage the property on behalf of the client, carrying out visits and monitoring any maintenance needed.
A Middle Eastern family are arriving in London for 5 weeks in June and July. This trip is not their first to London so they were certain of the desired location in close proximity to Harrods and the Brompton Road. Unusually for such a short trip the family are bringing over 3 cars and required secure parking.
- 3 bedrooms in Knightsbridge
- Fully serviced
- In close proximity to Harrods and the Brompton Road
- Modern and luxurious
- Lots of storage
- Parking for three cars close to the property
- Must allow smoking.
- Budget £15,000 per week.
The first criteria to meet was parking for three cars very near to the property. We were able to offer covered parking just round the corner of the serviced mews house which is almost opposite Harrods. With it being a mews house, there is plenty of space for the entire family’s belongings. The family are so pleased they’ve already inquired about its availability in 2015.