Buying London Property

Manse and Garret are London Property Search Agents who provide a specialist service sourcing and selecting ideal properties for investment and occupation for UK-based and overseas buyers.

With property prices in London and the UK falling behind popular property hotspots around the globe such as Dubai, China and Taiwan, many people are taking advantage of the lower prices in London and the UK.

With the expectation that London is likely to outperform many other key property markets in the future, people from other regions of the world, such as South Europe and the Middle East, flock to shelter their capital in the safe political and economic haven for which London real estate is renowned.

The city and surrounding areas offer many options from detached houses with large gardens in leafy residential areas to apartments in city centre period blocks and modern sky-scrapers. Most houses come with a ‘freehold’ so the property belongs to you until you choose to sell it. Some British landowning families have owned their properties for over 1000 years!

Purchasers of apartments should employ some caution because they can be sold with a right to occupy them for as little as 2 years, although new apartments are sometimes sold with a right to occupy of 999 years. It is often possible to extend the right to live in an apartment, which we call ‘extending the leasehold’ for a pre-agreed sum. Mostly it is only possible to extend for a further 90 years, but it can be up to a maximum of only 10 years and sometimes as much as 250 years, depending on the property. Note that the fees for doing so will vary from circa £10,000 to £50,000 and above depending on the property.

We have a thorough knowledge of the London and UK property market and can suggest good areas to invest which are likely to outperform the market and fulfil your criteria, whether your preference is for a multi-million pound mansion, a detached house with a large garden or a slick modern apartment.

It has become fashionable for British developers and Estate Agents to market new developments directly overseas, without bringing them to the domestic market. This can be because the prices asked are particularly high for the area or that the flats are not as close to the centre of town as they appear to be.

Unlike Estate Agents and developers, we work wholly for our Clients, the buyers, and we are incentivised to save you as much as we can from the purchase price and ensure you buy the right property in the first place, providing extensive due diligence and market analysis to assist you with your decision making.

If you would like to find out more about our London property search agent services or for an informal chat please call us now on +44 (0) 20 7923 7564.
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In the media

Manse & Garret Property Search are frequently called upon by London and UK-wide media for their expert opinions on property search news.

But Karelia Scott-Daniels, managing director of buying agents, Manse & Garret Property Search, warned the market needed to see ‘sustainable growth, not a supernova’. “The Bank of England’s... Read More

Karelia Scott-Daniels of Mayfair-based property search firm Manse and Garret maintains money is not the defining motivation for international buyers.“It is the safe political and economic position... Read More

Karelia Scott-Daniels, Managing Director of Buying Agents Manse & Garret Property Search said the official figures reinforce the extent to which London 'was driving and potentially distorting... Read More


Here are some of the many testimonials we receive from our clients:

We asked Manse & Garret Property Search to advise us on our property purchase and they were completely helpful, did not question when we changed our brief at the last moment, always polite, and were extremely knowledgeable.

We had a list of specifications, and they found a property... Read More

Chief O&T Officer, Aviva
Pied-a-terre purchase Shad Thames, SE1

Karelia Scott-Daniels acted for us on our purchase of a detached house in Kew. We found Karelia to be affable, personable, highly professional and dedicated to the job of finding us a house we would be happy in.

She organised all our appointments with estate agents only showing us... Read More

Paula Riedel, Partner at Linklaters
Kew Detached Family Home Purchase