I had a fantastic childhood growing up in Winchester and moved to London in my early 20′s but always stayed in touch with family and friends who live here to this day. I worked in a thriving estate agents based in Fulham for over 20 years, 16 of those as manager. Not only were we the most consistently successful office in the company, we were also one of the top agents in our highly competitive area. I therefore have extensive knowledge of buyers, sellers, agents, solicitors, surveyors and search agents! As an agent, I regularly offered my ’premium properties’ to my best search agents as I recognised their clients were serious and ready to move. I also have great understanding of how sellers and agents think – a key advantage to any prospective buyer. I decided to move back to Winchester predominantly for a better quality of life for myself and my two young children plus a better choice of schools. I found the experience of juggling kids, work and relocating hugely frustrating especially as I was in the business and moving back to the place I grew up! It made me determined to help others in my situation – something I feel passionately about.
We can discuss your details over the phone but ideally we would meet you in person to really get to understand you and your requirements.
This meeting would be held at a location convenient to both parties but ideally in the area you wish to focus on. We will identify all your area and property needs to match your budget. There is no cost or obligation at this point. If you are happy to proceed we would require you to sign our terms of business and lodge the registration fee.
If you are unsure about which area of Hampshire is best suited to your needs and where to concentrate your search we can supply you with relevant information or, if necessary, take you on a tour of the areas we believe will match your requirements.
RESEARCHING THE MARKET
Using our many contacts in your chosen area, we will scour the market on your behalf. As search agents we have access to properties that are not on the open market as well as those listed with estate agents. We will view a wide selection of relevant properties and then report back to you with a shortlist.
We will make all the arrangements and accompany you to view the shortlist of properties at a time and date convenient to you. We will also gather comparable evidence and, where necessary, rental estimates if you were looking to purchase a buy to let investment.
Once you have seen a property you want to pursue, we are happy to negotiate on your behalf. We can remain impartial and will use our years of experience in negotiation to achieve the best possible price, and quickest and best deal for you.
We are happy to be the sole point of contact between the agent, solicitors, surveyors and financial advisors if this is what you would prefer. We proactively liaise with all parties involved to ensure the transaction is moving smoothly and efficiently to the set timelines. We will keep in regular contact with you to keep you fully up to date with progress. Good communication is key at this point – it is a common reason for problematic transactions, and something we pride ourselves on. As no work is subcontracted out, we would always be your main point of contact.
Our success fee is only payable once contracts have been exchanged.
We can advise you on all aspects of your move from solicitors, surveyors, removal companies and builders to schools, good places to eat and drink, shops, walks and other hidden treasures in your chosen area!
Moving back to Winchester from London
Kate readily understood my property needs and gave clear advice on the market. Her knowledge of the area is huge. She was very good at suggesting properties and explaining their potential. She was very reliable, efficient and incredibly prompt when responding to me. She was a terrier at unearthing property possibilities with the local agents and following up on any leads. The majority of properties were shown to me before they were on the open market. She was great at finding solutions to any problems. I also had to find a rental pending my purchase (which was almost as tricky as finding a purchase) and Kate found an ideal house for me to rent.
On a personal level, Kate was very kind and understanding of my circumstances. She was always positive, kept me motivated and reassured me that the right property was “out there” for me, which it was. Without Kate’s help I would not be living in my lovely home now.
Driven by lockdown
Kate knows about properties coming to market even before an agent has been appointed; she knows the area and gives you honest advice on different towns and villages and community life; she has excellent, long-standing and trusted relationships with local estate agents, which means she can secure an early viewing; she will guide you expertly through the offer process, and when bumps in the road come along during the painful conveyancing months, she will help you navigate them. It feels to me that every house move succeeds or fails because of trust, and Kate understands that intuitively – she is a fixer, and one with utmost integrity. Everything I have listed here, she did for us.
We live in a beautiful home with an amazing heritage, which we honour and value more than we can say. Our two daughters are happy, settled and grounded. We would never have achieved this new family life without Kate’s expert help and we are so very grateful to her.
Moving ageing parents
Searching for the forever family home
We approached Goosechase after the property we were buying fell through. Unfortunately for us this was at an incredibly buoyant time in the market when it was hard just to get a viewing let alone have an offer accepted. We were looking for something just a little bit different to the standard housing stock in our area of choice and were becoming increasingly disillusioned.
The Goosechase team were fantastic, they were able to secure viewings using their contacts, sometimes before the property hit the market, and showed us areas we may not have considered before. Having found ‘The One’ they talked us through a stressful sealed bids process. Thankfully we were successful and completed the purchase soon after. We absolutely love our home and I’m sure that we wouldn’t be able to call it home had it not been for Goosechase. Thank you!
Moving from North to South
Kate is a good listener, has great local knowledge and connections, and is flexible, thoughtful and responsive.
As a result we are settled in a property that suits us, in a great spot. Thanks Kate!”
Expat returning home