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  • Buy-to-Let

    BTL from Sourcer - Due diligence

    Hi,

    This is my first post here and am new to property investment. I need some guidance on how you do due diligence before buying a property from a property sourcer.

    The sourcer has provided me with the link on rightmove, and if i accept it they want 3k.I have found the property on both zoopla and rightmove and to be fair the price is 1500 less than whats on rightmove right now. What else do the more mature or seasoned professionals do?

    Is there a checklist of questions or things you go through before proceeding with the buy?

    Greatly appreciate your help, and have already learnt so much just by reading through the forums.

    Kind regards Harris

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    Hi Harris,

    This thread should assist you >>> Finding a reputable deal sourcer .

    Paying £3K to get a discount of £1500.00 means you are paying £1500.00 than the price on Rightmove, so it's not a good deal imho as you could have got that deal yourself direct from Rightmove for less.

    Deal sourcers should be providing a full package of due diligence on the property and should be getting you a discount of in excess of 10% imho, otherwise they are not earning their fee.

    Hope that helps?

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    Thank you so much Vanessa, your comment helped alot. They have provided me with a pack, but in the pack they advise you to do your own due diligence, and since i have never done this before i am reaching out to the community to get some information.

    I will in the mean time find out if they are registered with the Property Ombudsman scheme

    Thanks

    Harris


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    Harris

    Their membership of any trade bodies should be listed along with the relevant membership number. Typically they should be registered with several including ICO, HMRC/AML, PRS - details should be displayed prominently on their website / literature.

    There should be a detailed breakdown of costs as Vanessa says.

    Only in certain circumstances should a sourcer be 'sourcing' a listing off RightMove.

    From what you have said the deal does not stack so I would move on.

    Andy

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    Hi Harris,

    When you pay someone to source properties for you it’s not just about where they find the properties - it’s about the additional service, knowledge and insight they can give you on the property, the area, the yields etc it’s also about them being able to secure you a deal when the market is hot because many properties will be sold before they are even advertised.

    A good property sourcer should be able to  give you information that comes from understanding the market and from experience in the area. They should know what is going on in the area, have an understanding of local planning issues and regulations for the various properties they are selling eg if it is appropriate for an HMO if that is what you are seeking, what is being developed locally, what other people are paying on the same street, etc

    Obviously if they have been in the area and have built up a list of contacts etc then they should also be able to help you find deals that are not available to the general public but do not discount the deals that they do find online either.

    Online deals are just as valid as private deals. If you had this information already you wouldn’t be paying them for it. 

    Hope this helps clarify things for you.

    Best wishes
    Jo
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    Jo Ryan

    Koru Property Strategies

    07887691666

    jo@korupropertystrategies.com


    thank you all for the comments, they are very helpful.

    As im trying to learn here, how would you go about doing your due diligence?

    1.Is looking if the sourcer is listed in property obudsman

    2. Registered with ICO, HMRC/AML, PRS

    3. How do you verify the costs the sourcer is telling you(especially if its not on zoopla or rightmove)?

    4. What property related checks do you do? do you get a surveyer?

    5. Do you speak to a morgage broker to work the numbers?

    6. Do you investigate the area for crime, news etc( having in mind i live in guildford, and the property i am looking to buy is NE).(ps: obviously will visit the area prior to buying, im trying to understand the process of selecting the ones that are worth your while to do this for).

    As im based in guildford, i dont want to be visiting each and every house the sourcer( or multiple sourcers) send my way. Im trying to find a formula to make sure that I am doing the due diligence on what others are telling me. Really interested to hear how you are doing this especially if you are buying in areas far from home.

    Thank you all once again,

    Harris

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    I can never fully understand why anyone pays a fee to buy a property

    Just get stuck in yourself and find property close to where you live learn your market and Buy

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    Hi Dislexic_Landlord,

    How do you do your due diligence before buying your property?

    what steps do you go through?

    thanks

    Harris

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    Harris

    I am feeling your pain on this

    I have seen one or two well advertised deals but struggle to ask the right questions when doing my own Due Diligence on the sourcers or area

    And even if you don't use their services, just understanding them and their thought process (as dyslexic_landlord suggests) would help to 'Just Get Stuck In'

    We need a step by step idiots guide here to assist me thinks!!

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