Home Search Bureau was established in 2003 previous to which, the partners spent ten years managing regional offices of competing buying agencies. With this experience behind us, we have built up strong relationships with estate agents and other property insiders allowing us access to the best property on and off the market in the areas we cover. These trusted relationships mean we are regularly made aware of properties before they come to the open market.
Unlike some other firms, we are a completely independent property finder, being owned by the partners. We are not part of an estate agency chain and have no property to sell. We can therefore provide completely impartial advice during the homefinding process. We work very closely with our clients during the search in order to help them achieve their goal of the right property at the right price in the desired timeframe.
We preview every property before discussing with you whether or not you should view it. We negotiate the purchase price to your advantage and, once an offer is accepted we oversee the transaction to a successful exchange of contracts working closely with your solicitor, financial adviser and other professionals to make sure that any unforseen hurdles are overcome.
Your interests are our interests; we look for property from our client’s perspective and never lose sight of the fact that we are acting for the buyer as opposed to the seller.
Michael has been a property search agent since 1989 and was London regional director for 10 years for County Homesearch prior to joining Jerome in 2003 to set up Home Search Bureau.
Michael started in property selling country houses with Knight Frank and Rutley’s Ascot office in 1982 before moving to London to sell flats and houses. During his career, Michael has acted for numerous clients from both the UK and overseas, and has an excellent working knowledge of prime central London as well as areas to the south of the Thames and towards the west. He has also acted for many clients buying houses in the home counties.
After studying estate management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, for three years, Jerome started in estate agency in 1993. Beginning in Barnes, he gained experience in Battersea and Knightsbridge before becoming London Regional Director for Stacks Property Search and Acquisition in 2000. In 2003, he teamed up with Michael Chetwode to set up Home Search Bureau.
Having a Wiltshire farming and property background and children at Sandroyd and Bryanston, he is in a perfect position to keep his ear to the ground for property information as well as having a wealth of local knowledge and contacts within the industry.