Additional Services

Additional Services

As Property Consultants, we also work closely with experts in the world of finance, solicitors and tax advisors who can assist with lending and structuring your purchase and undertake conveyancing work.

As an Agency, we are completely independent. Not being tied to any other organisation, you can be assured that all of our services – from property buying, management, investing and managed sales – are market-leading, in terms of both quality and cost.

Property Negotiation Only Service

If you have already identified a suitable property, you can use us to your advantage by allowing us to negotiate and secure the property on your behalf, with exactly the right team.

Negotiating and paying the correct price for your property and holding the deal together through to exchange of contracts can take considerable experience, persistence and dedication to the task. Working alongside the property agent, lenders and your solicitors, we will recommend a suitable offer to put forward on the property based on comparable evidence. This gives you the assurance that you are not overpaying for their property.

Our reputation for negotiating highly attractive property deals on excellent terms is second-to-none. Over the years, we have established an enviable track record for negotiating and securing properties for our clients at impressive discounts to the asking price.

We are often able to secure our clients a significant saving off the asking price. We are always able of ensuring a smooth and successful transaction.

“We recommend Black Brick highly, they are fantastic at what they do. Tom and Caspar were an absolute pleasure to work with. Whilst our target area (Dulwich) was not one they’d done a lot of work in before, they were quick in getting to grips with it and provided genuinely helpful insight and advice from their considerable experience. They were able to source an ideal family home for us, wholly off-market. They were instrumental in ensuring a smooth conveyancing process right through to completion. Nothing was too much trouble. Having such a thoughtful, insightful and commercial partner working with us really made all the difference.”

We’re ready when you are

For more information on our Property Management Service, please email our Property Manager, Sophie Amasha, or call her on +44 (0) 20 3141 9863 / +44 (0) 7713 568 291.

Vacant Care

Vacant Property Services – Vacant Care

Many of our clients enjoy the reassurance that their property is being well cared for while they are away, and is also ready for them when they arrive back, without incurring the significant costs of engaging a full-time housekeeper.

The benefits of our Vacant Care Service include:

Weekly inspections.

Carrying out weekly inspections of your property, ensuring you are compliant with your insurers, reporting back to you regularly and fixing any problems as they should arise.

24 hour alarm and key holding.

A 24 hour alarm response and key holding service for access day or night in case of any emergencies and maintenance works required outside of normal working hours.

Trusted network.

Access to our trusted network of carefully selected, reliable and cost effective suppliers to work with. We can arrange contractor and engineer visits, such a plumbers, electricians, cleaners on your behalf.

Point of contact.

Acting as your point of contactfor porters and managing agents, collecting and forwarding mail, paying bills and ensuring that any service charges are made on time.

There’s no place like home.

There’s no place like home and we’ll make sure that when you arrive back it is ready and waiting for you – exactly as you’d like it. We can arrange cleaning and turning on the heating/air conditioning, your favourite groceries to be already in your fridge and fresh flowers throughout your home.

We can also arrange a variety of other services to suit you, such as laundry collection, property refurbishment/furnishing and housekeeping services.

Our service was also recently approved by Azur, an arm of insurance giant AIG. Azur carefully reviewed the policies and processes that underpin our service and found that it would substantially reduce risks faced by homeowners, and have named Black Brick as an approved supplier.

“On behalf of my family, I want to tell you how much we appreciate the endless effort and care of service you dedicated to getting Albion Gate to its optimum condition, in both cleaning and maintaining. We all admired your ingenuity in creating that outstanding follow up and Vacant Care service to us. I was personally impressed with the way you kept your self-motivated and focused as if you are the apartment owner, even in the face of several obstacles, you managed through with great determination.”

We’re ready when you are

For more information on our Vacant Care Service, please email our Property Manager, Sophie Amasha, or call her on +44 (0) 20 3141 9863 / +44 (0) 7713 568 291.

Property Management

Property Management London and beyond

Trustees or company directors with responsibility for London properties need reassurance that property assets under their control are being properly cared for. Offshore landlords need peace of mind, in the secure knowledge that their investments are being looked after.

Our highly-experienced Property Management Service is tailored to meet the needs of trustees and offshore landlords. From finding high-quality tenants through to managing repairs and upkeep, we can help ensure your property investment keeps performing.

Our in-depth knowledge of the London rental market, our access to a wide range of tradesmen capable of meeting every possible maintenance need – and our wide range of reporting options – is able to suit any property requirement. Our Property Management Service provides a strong foundation for a successful rental investment.

The advantages of our Property Management Service include your very own Property Manager who will be responsible for:

Valuing and letting the property.

Valuing and letting the property, using the most appropriate letting agents to value and market the property, referenced against our own independent research.

Providing refurbishment advice.

Providing refurbishment advice, where needed, on how to furnish or refurbish the property to achieve the maximum rental value, and managing any work required.

Negotiating.

Negotiating with prospective tenants, and checking references once an acceptable offer has been received.

Tenant liaison.

Tenant liaison, acting as a single point of contact for all tenants’ queries throughout the tenancy.

Legal compliance.

Ensuring legal compliance, ensuring that landlords understand and meet constantly evolving legal and regulatory requirements

Managing payments.

Managing payments of regular outgoings such as service charges.

Co-ordinating repairs and maintenance.

Co-ordinating repairs and maintenance using our extensive network of competitively priced and trusted contractors.

Reporting.

Reporting on at least a quarterly basis with details of any expenditure and other relevant information.

Inspections.

Carrying out bi-annual inspections of your property.

Tenant handovers.

Managing tenant handovers, including ensuring utilities are transferred, to ensure a smooth process for incoming and outgoing tenants.

The list could go on. Efficient management increases the appeal of a rental property to high quality tenants, while maintaining the fabric of the property protects its value. Our Property Management Service is designed to ensure your property is effectively managed, and the tenancy runs smoothly, from beginning to end.

“My wife and I used Black Brick’s buying service to acquire our property in Drayton Gardens in 2014 as a secondary residence.  We were very happy with the buying service so when it came to considering engaging someone to look after the property in our absence it made sense for us to consider Black Brick’s vacant care service. We have now used the service for 9 months and are as pleased with this service as we were with the buying service. Since we are based overseas it is important  to us to have someone on the ground in London who we are confident will maintain our property in an efficient and professional manner. Black Brick’s service, led by Sophie Amasha, has fully met our requirements. The weekly inspections and prompt addressing of any maintenance issues and pre arrival  and  post departure services have meant that on our visits to London we have been able fully to enjoy the property rather than spend time trying to deal with property related issues ourselves”.

We’re ready when you are

For more information on our Property Management Service, please email our Property Manager, Sophie Amasha, or call her on +44 (0) 20 3141 9863 / +44 (0) 7713 568 291.

Managed Sales

We’ll get you results.

Key to obtaining the best price for your property is ensuring that it is presented to the right potential buyers. The traditional sales route relies on engaging one or two property agents. Selling through Black Brick instead provides greater flexibility, and access to our unrivalled global network of agents, banks and other professional intermediaries.

We are proactive, seeking out the right buyer, rather than expecting a brochure and a website to do the work. And we are an independent agency, able to offer intelligent advice free from conflicts of interest.

We also take the headaches out of selling properties. We can oversee the entire sales process, from initial market advice through to managing the move, in complete confidence if required.

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We’re ready when you are

For more information on our Property Management Service, please email our Property Manager, Sophie Amasha, or call her on +44 (0) 20 3141 9863 / +44 (0) 7713 568 291.

‘It has been a pleasure working with Black Brick, and in particular I would like to thank Caspar for his dedication, persistence and unwavering commitment to getting this deal over the line!

We shall be sure to keep you in mind for future property transactions in the London area.’

Rental Search

Property Rental Search

Re-locating to London, in between selling and buying and looking for an interim solution – or visiting London for a short period of time – we can help find you the ideal rental place for you to rest your head. Without the headaches.

Our experience and expertise in the rental market in London, the Home Counties and the South East enables us to direct you to the most appropriate area and rental property that matches your requirement, perfectly. Smoothly, efficiently and free of stress.

You may know exactly where you want to live. If so, we will focus on the area or areas you have chosen. If necessary, we can steer you to areas more suitable for your budget and needs. To source the most appropriate rental properties for you, we conduct a thorough search of the rental market. Where possible, to save you time, we will preview these on your behalf.

Depending on the number of suitable rental properties we source, we will organise two half-day tours – or one full-day tour – so you can view the properties and the surrounding area. If necessary, additional tours can be arranged.

Once a suitable rental property has been identified, we will negotiate the best terms on your behalf and oversee all the legalities of your tenancy making sure you sign a contract, but only when you’re happy. We will also ensure that any requirements you might have for the rental property are met. This might include internet access, or satellite TV.

Complimentary Property Concierge Service

Our dedicated Property Concierge Service is available to every client on the purchase of a property through Black Brick – at no extra cost. We will take care of transferring over all of the utilities into your name, arrange for telephone lines and internet to be installed and SKY TV packages to be set up for you – ensuring that your move is as hassle-free as possible post-purchase.

We worked with Tom at Black Brick to source for us a rental property at short notice. This is the message we sent Tom after securing us a most desirable property: On behalf of us both, I wanted to thank you for a job extremely well done. To secure a property for us which was not yet marketed, particularly one so appealing, is a great testament to your value add. Now we shall be able to relax for the weekend knowing we have a lovely place to move to next Friday.

We’re ready when you are

For more information on our Property Management Service, please email our Property Manager, Sophie Amasha, or call her on +44 (0) 20 3141 9863 / +44 (0) 7713 568 291.

Investing

Property Investing in London

History has proved it. Through the most challenging of times, property has consistently provided excellent long-term capital growth. And with rock-bottom interest rates, buy-to-let property can also generate regular income streams. Alternatively, individual property development investments can generate high rates of return over short time horizons.

With the gap between housing demand and supply set to grow over the next few years – especially in London – the current market conditions provide enormous opportunities for potential property investors. But with changes to the UK tax regime, and often complex local market conditions, expert advice is essential to ensure that your future investment expectations can be met.

Our property investment consultants can find your ideal property, negotiate the most attractive price, complete the deal on your behalf, and position the property to attract the highest quality tenants or the right buyer. We can also manage the property for you once a suitable tenant is found.

Our property investment services:

Initial consultation

Initial consultation to build a thorough understanding of your investment objectives, and to advise you on current market conditions and on areas that will most effectively maximise your property investment goals.

Research and preview

Research and preview to identify and source suitable properties, using our extensive connections within the industry to access suitable investment opportunities ahead of the competition.

Property tour

Property tour of shortlisted properties, with advice on the local areas and amenities, pricing, rental values and yields.

Negotiation

We understand the meaning of value and will negotiate hard on your behalf to ensure that the property you decide to purchase will meet your future investment expectations.

Legal liaison, working on your behalf with leading law firms and surveyors to ensure the purchase runs smoothly through to a successful completion.

Post purchase

Post purchase, our dedicated Property Management Service can manage and oversee the entire lettings process, from instructing the right letting agent for your property through to professionally managing the property during and between tenancies.

Refurbishment management

Using our network of architects, planning consultants, interior designers and tradesman, we can help position the property for enhanced rental yields or on-sale, cost-effectively and with minimal hassle.

Bi-annual review

We keep in regular contact with you, updating you on local market conditions and providing you with comparable sales data, so you can see how your asset is performing over time, and make an informed decision on when might be an opportune time to sell.

Property Management Service

Our Property Management Service can help you find the perfect tenant for your investment property. We will oversee the entire lettings process for you – we’ll instruct and liaise with lettings agents on your behalf, collate valuations, arrange for any necessary refurbishments to be carried out and take care of the referencing and tenancy agreements.

Complimentary Property Concierge Service

Our dedicated Property Concierge Service is available to every client on the purchase of a property through Black Brick – at no extra cost. We will take care of transferring over all of the utilities into your name, arrange for telephone lines and internet to be installed and SKY TV packages to be set up for you – ensuring that your move is as hassle-free as possible post-purchase.

Here are the answers to the questions that we’re often asked about buying agents…

What are the benefits of property investment?

In the current low-interest-rate environment, the property market can offer attractive and predictable rental yields or compelling refurbishment investment opportunities. The property also acts as a good hedge against inflation, and a good diversifier within an overall portfolio.

Where are the best places for property investment in London?

Every client is an individual and will have their own investment objectives. We work with our clients to define their brief, and then make recommendations on the most suitable property types and areas for investment.

How can a buying agent help me invest in property?

A good buying agent can help you define your investment brief and objectives and also make suggestions on what types of properties and areas are best suited for you.

What do I need to consider when investing in a property?

You need to consider what your investment objectives are. Consider things such as yield, potential for future capital appreciation, appetite to refurbish (or not), timeframe for investment and exit strategy.

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”You and your team have been most professional in this transaction, I look forward to expanding our relationship as we look for other investments in the future.”

We’re ready when you are

For more information on our Property Management Service, please email our Property Manager, Sophie Amasha, or call her on +44 (0) 20 3141 9863 / +44 (0) 7713 568 291.

Buying

Property Buying Agents

Our unfair advantages. Put fairly and squarely.

Securing your ideal property can be frustrating and time-consuming. Where do you start? As buying agents, we start with clarity and we don’t give in until we get what you’re looking for.

We proceed in a straightforward manner:

We get to know you.

We start by meeting you to build a real understanding of your aims and objectives. We advise you on current property market conditions and suggest areas to maximise your budget (we specialise in properties in London, the Home Counties and the South East).

We research thoroughly.

Distances between properties can be considerable. Houses and apartments that look perfect in a photograph can turn out to be wholly unsuitable. As a buying agency, we view and shortlist suitable properties saving you valuable time, as we will only show you properties that we have previewed on your behalf and that meet with all your requirements.

We’re quick off the mark.

A thorough property search can take weeks, even months. With our contacts, our expertise and negotiating skills, we can cut the time – without taking shortcuts.

We leave no stone unturned.

The demand for good quality properties often outstrips supply. Prime London and country homes can be sold long before they’re advertised. Armed with your brief, our buying consultants identify the best property, often before it is offered on the open market.

We’re always there by your side.

Knowing the property is one thing. What about the area? We accompany you on viewings to shortlisted properties. Our buying agents advise you on the local area, amenities and pricing. We give you an objective overview of the property and pricing so that you are fully equipped to make an informed buying decision.

We’re tough negotiators.

The property may be right.  But the price? As a buying agency, we use expert negotiating skills to secure the right property at the best possible price – on the most favourable terms.

We oversee the Legal Process.

To do this, you need an expert. We work with leading law firms who we recommend to our clients. Our buying agents then manage the legal process throughout to ensure the purchase holds together through to completion and handing over the keys.

Complimentary Property Concierge Service

Our dedicated Property Concierge Service is available to every client on the purchase of a property through Black Brick – at no extra cost. We will take care of transferring over all of the utilities into your name, arrange for telephone lines and internet to be installed and SKY TV packages to be set up for you – ensuring that your move is as hassle-free as possible post-purchase.

Here are the answers to the questions that we’re often asked about buying agents…

What is a buying agent?

A buying agent is someone who acts exclusively on behalf of the buyer. Buying agents help buyers to understand the market, source the right property – sometimes off-market, negotiate the best/lowest price and then manage and oversee the entire legal process. Estate agents in the UK represent sellers. Their job is to sell the property they are instructed on for the highest price possible.

How can a property buying agent help me?

Sourcing property is a very time consuming and frustrating process. A good buying agent will not only help you save valuable time and money, but also ensure you end up finding the right property for you, and one that meets all of your requirements. Buying agents are able to access more than just what’s online. In 2021, we saved our clients on average 3.6% from asking prices and 42% of properties we acquired were not openly advertised.

What is the difference between a buying agent and an estate agent?

A buying agent represents and acts for the buyer. An estate agent represents and acts for the seller.

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Black Brick team did a fantastic job in helping us buy a property in London. Our primary contact was Alex and he was excellent partner during our journey. His knowledge about the local market and even more his attitude impressed us. He made himself always available and ready to help and support us during search and making decision. All Black Brick team is very professional and available with many good and timely advises and solutions depends on your needs. This is definitely the best agency I was working with and I am happily recommending them for a pleasant and enjoyable property search.

We’re ready when you are

For more information on our Property Management Service, please email our Property Manager, Sophie Amasha, or call her on +44 (0) 20 3141 9863 / +44 (0) 7713 568 291.