House Buyers

House buying companies in the UK have grown in stature as a new way to sell your property fast and have only really become popular over the last decade. Homeowners across the country have thought for years that the best and only way to sell their home quickly is through the traditional, high street estate agent.

The way we sell our homes quickly has completely revolutionised and the market has moved away from high street estate agents and shop window advertising, through to now selling your property online through regulated property buyers like Good Move.

There are a number of reasons why you may need the services of organisations like Good Move to achieve a quick house sale:

  1. Found your dream home
  2. Looking to emigrate
  3. Divorce
  4. Downsizing
  5. Retirement
  6.  Move nearer to schools / catchment area
  7. Stop Repossession
  8. Financial difficulties
  9. Inheritance

There are many other reasons why you may need a property buying company to acquire your home quickly, these are just a few.

If you require a quick house sale, Good Move can provide a cash offer within 24 hours. Good Move are regulated by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) & the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers) and have the cash funds available to buy your home fast within 7 days or in a timescale to suit you.

Homeowners can search online when they need answers to, “How do I sell my house fast?”, but it’s important to recruit and select the right buyer based on legitimate trust factors.

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Accredited home buyers in the UK

When you have made the decision to sell your house fast, the key question is which company should you instruct for the sale of your property?

This may sound quite simple but the reality is it isn’t. The Quick House Sale industry isn’t regulated even though the OFT (Office of Fair Trading – which closed in 2014) had tried repeatedly to do so. The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) overlooks the Quick House Sale sector now, but the OFT went quite far to establish the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB). When considering instructing a house buyer to purchase your property, its important to establish that they are members of the NAPB as they make it mandatory to also become members of The Property Ombudsman (TPO). The Property Ombudsman and the National Association of Property Buyers worked together to establish a Code of Conduct for Property Buying Companies.

How NAPB membership is a stamp of quality

Selling your house quickly is a daunting prospect if you aren’t familiar with the Quick House Sale industry. With the introduction of the National Association of Property Buyers however, homeowners needn’t worry as they abide to code of conduct for property buying companies. The companies who are trusted are the founding members of the National Association of Property Buyers, which can be seen below:

  1. Good Move
  2. House Buy Fast
  3. Property Rescue
  4. House Buyer Bureau
  5. Homes Bought Fast
  6. SecureASale
  7. National Property Trade
  8. We Buy Any Home
  9. Speed Property Buyers
  10. Excel Property Group
  11. Potrell Property Buyers
  12. CEMCO21 Property Services
  13. Free My House
  14. Quick Move Now

Good Move became regulated with a view to changing the Quick House Sale Industry for the better. Not only did Good Move become one of the very few property buying companies in the National Association of Property Buyers, Good Move went that one step further and became regulated by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). The Quick House Sale industry is fairly niche and Good Move are proud to be the only company in this small sector which is run by qualified chartered surveyors.

With Good Move being well regulated, you can be assured of accurate valuations for your property as they are assessed by qualified chartered surveyors in your local area. Beware of property buying companies that aren’t regulated in the sector and make sure that the house buyer you use is a member of the Property Ombudsman (TPO), National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB) and ideally regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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What Can I Expect From Regulated Property Buyers?

First and foremost, regulation in terms of cash house buyers brings professionalism and adherence to a strict code of conduct, ethics and transparency. If a house buying company isn’t regulated they are free to do as they please and its these sorts of companies which can give the fast house sale sector a bad name at times. Therefore the benefits from a regulated quick house sale company like Good Move are:

  • Transparency – You will be in safe hands with an NAPB member like Good Move. Good Move explain the property buying process in great detail, giving you detailed information and full transparency for the sale. There is no rush or pressure from a regulated property buying company and Good Move will always work to your timescales when you need a quick house sale.
  • Code of Conduct – A regulated company like Good Move will be a member of the Property Ombudsman and National Association of Property Buyers. A code of conduct will always be adhered too which means your house is in safe hands with professionals. If anything were to ever go wrong you have a redress scheme through the Property Ombudsman, and this gives homeowners confidence they will achieve a quick property sale.
  • Fees – Good Move as regulated property buyers pay all seller fees associated with the sale of your property. This means when you need to sell your house fast, your solicitors fees are paid for, together with any other associated costs with your transaction.
  • Speed of Sale – Good Move prides itself on being able to buy houses fast in as little as 48 hours. These timescales are on rare occasions but are achievable if required, the sale of your property is completely dictated by you as the homeowner. On average a quick house sale is achieved within 2 – 3 weeks.
  • Professionalism – When you deal with a chartered surveying firm like Good Move, a fast house sale will be achieved and will be organised from start to finish. You will be provided with your own dedicated chartered surveyor throughout your sale and they will always be at hand to answer your queries.

 

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Quick House Selling Checklist – Questions to ask Prior to Instruction

Selling your house quickly isn’t an easy, quick decision for homeowners. Your research needs to be detailed and considered and its important when considering which house buyer to instruct, that you ask the right questions. If you can ask the below questions to any property buying company and you are happy with their answers, your quick house sale is in safe hands:

  • Are you regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) & the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB)?
  • Do you purchase the properties yourself or do you act as a broker to investors? If the house buying company says they act as a broker you should avoid them at all costs as they aren’t cash buyers and are therefore reliant on investors to sell my house fast.
  • Are you cash buyers or are you reliant on a mortgage? Unfortunately a large number of property buying companies in the fast house sale industry claim “we buy any house”; the harsh reality is if property buyers need a mortgage to buy your home you are best ignoring them. These days mortgages can take up to 8 – 12 weeks to go through and they are becoming incredibly difficult to get through mortgage lenders. In short if the prospective buyer need mortgages, avoid them at all costs.
  • Do you have Professional Indemnity Insurance? Any large property buying company should carry professional indemnity insurance, this gives homeowners confidence that should anything ever go wrong with their quick house sale, insurance is always available. If the buyer hasn’t got professional indemnity insurance in place then you should avoid them.
  • Are you a member of The Property Ombudsman (TPO)? If you the property company from the National Association of Property Buyers, this means they will also be a member of the Property Ombudsman as its mandatory.
  • Do you have a complaints handling procedure? Homeowners generally like to know if anything goes wrong that a complaints handling procedure is in place to manage the problem and resolve it accordingly. Larger property buying companies have these procedures in place and is typical of a company which is a member of the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB).
  • Can your solicitor provide recent evidence of house sales? One thing which is fundamental is to understand whether a house buying company has recent experience in quick house sales. Good Move recommends speaking to the solicitors of the company and ask to see evidence of TR1 forms & completion statements from recent purchases. If the company refuses, its quite obvious they aren’t cash buyers, and are in fact acting as a broker who is trying to facilitate a sale with an investor.

The History of Quick House Sales – Infographic

To help you with your research, here is a timeline of the UK Property Buyer Industry:

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<h3>Key Players in the Quick Property Buying Market

In this infographic we have highlighted some long standing organisations in the quick move industry, accreditation, company names / numbers and websites to help you gain an understanding of the more reputable players.

Company: House Buyer Bureau

House Buyer Bureau
Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Accreditation: NAPB
Registered company name: HBB RELOCATION SERVICES LIMITED
Registered Date: 23/11/2001
Company No. 07857990

House Buyer Bureau are house buyers who have been acquiring properties quickly for around 20 years. They buy all types of property regardless of condition and location and are genuine cash house buyers. They are a proud member of the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers) and The Property Ombudsman. House Buyer Bureau are a professional outfit who have a good working relationship with Good Move.

House Buyer Bureau were established back in 2001 and have been buying houses fast ever since. House Buyer Bureau’s head office is based in Kegworth and the company registration name is HBB Relocation Services Limited.

Company: National Homebuyers
National Home Buyers
Registered company name: MOMENTUM ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED
Registered Date: 15/10/2004
Company No. 05261089

National Homebuyers were established back in 2004 and are an active house buyer in the Quick House Sale sector. National Home Buyers have had a number of TV adverts as part of the advertising campaign and whilst not regulated house buyers, they remain active in the industry and continue to do well.

National Homebuyers head office is based in Burgess Hill in West Sussex, and their company registration name is Momentum Asset Management Limited.

Company: Property Rescue
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Accreditation: FCA Regulated for sale & rent back
Registered company name: PROPERTY RESCUE LIMITED
Registered Date: 25/11/2005
Company No. 05636616

Property Rescue was established back in 2005 and form part of the founding members of the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers). Property Rescue are professional house buyers, they are also regulated to undertake sale and rent back schemes which very few property buying companies aren’t. Property Rescue are FCA Regulated, which means they are monitored by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Property Rescue’s head office is based in London and their company registration name is Property Rescue Limited.

Company: Fast Sale today
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Registered company name: FAST SALE TODAY LTD
Registered Date: 25/10/2006
Company No. 05977445

Fast Sale Today was established back in 2006 and have been buying properties ever since. Fast Sale Today are reported to have acquired £35 million worth of property in the last 12 months alone.

Whilst Fast Sale Today aren’t regulated by the National Association of Property Buyers, they remain active house buyers and are popular in the Quick House Sale industry. Fast Sales Today head office is based in Fulham in London and this company registration name is Fast Sale Today Ltd.

Company: House Buy Fast

House Buy Fast

Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Accreditation: NAPB
Registered company name: FUTURE PLANNED RELOCATION SERVICES LTD
Registered Date: 07/12/2008
Company No. 06767167

House Buy Fast has their head office based in Worthing and were established back in 2008. The company was initially created to assist sellers to connect with investors and have now evolved into becoming a large property buying company.

House Buy Fast are regulated house buyers, regulated by The Property Ombudsman and founding members of the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB). House Buy Fast remain one of popular property buyers in the industry. House Buy Fast’s company registration name is Future Planned Relocation Services Ltd.

Company: Speed Property Buyers
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Accreditation: NAPB
Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Registered company name: FUTURE PLANNED RELOCATION SERVICES LTD
Registered Date: 07/12/2008
Company No. 06767167

Speed Property Buyers was established back in 2008 and their head office is based in Worthing. Speed Property Buyers have a “customer first” ethos and are again proud members of the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB) and the Property Ombudsman.

With Speed Property Buyers being regulated house buyers, they remain popular in the Quick House Sale industry and they continue to grow as a company. Speed Property Buyers & House Buy Fast are trading names of Future Planned Relocation Services Ltd.

Company: We Buy Any House
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Registered company name: Eclectic Financial Solutions Limited
Registered Date: 13/08/2008
Company No. 06672463

We Buy Any House was registered back in August 2008 and are a property buying company which abides to its charter. Whilst We Buy Any House aren’t a regulated house buyer, they are a growing house buying company and remain popular in the industry.

Eclectic Financial Solutions Limited is the company registration name for We Buy Any House. We Buy Any House has their head office based in Northwich in Cheshire.

Company: National Property Trade
National property trade
Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Accreditation: NAPB
Registered company name: NPT CAPITAL LIMITED
Registered date: 09/12/2010
Company No. 07464904

National Property Trade is one of the founding members of the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB), and are proud members of the Property Ombudsman. National Property Trade’s head office is based in Easy Croydon and are reported to have purchased £20 million pounds worth of property across the UK.

National Property Trade are recognized as regulated house buyers and are a professional property buying company in the Quick House Sale industry. National Property Trade was established in December 2010 and their registered company is NPT Capital Limited.

Company: Sell Quick
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Registered company name: SQ PROPERTY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
Registered date: 08/11/2013
Company No. 08768424

Sell Quick was established back in 2013 and are again a property house buyer in the industry. Sell Quick aren’t regulated by the NAPB and The Property Ombudsman but they have a reputation for being competent property buyers in the Quick House Sale industry.

SQ Property Investments Limited is the company registration name for Sell Quick, and they remain active in the industry. Sell Quick’s head office is based in Birmingham.

Company name: Excel Property Group
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Accreditation: National Association of Property Buyers
Registered company name: EXCEL PROPERTY (CHESHIRE) LIMITED
Registered date: 12/11/2013
Company No. 08772346

Excel Property Group was established back in 2013 and are a member of the National Association of Property Buyers and The Property Ombudsman. Excel Property Group have been an active property buyer since 2013 and they continue to expand as national home buyers.

Excel Property (Cheshire) Limited is the company registration name for Excel Property Group and they continue to expand in the Fast House Sale industry. Excel Property Group has their head office in Wilmslow in Cheshire.

Company name: We Buy Any Home

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Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Accreditation: NAPB
Registered company name: WE BUY ANY HOME LTD
Registered date: 08/12/2014
Company No. 09344375

We Buy Any Home are one of the founding members of the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers) and they worked with The Property Ombudsman to establish a Code of Practice for Property Buying Companies. We Buy Any Home are well funded house buyers and have a good reputation in the industry. Good Move have a good working relationship with We Buy Any Home.

We Buy Any Home Ltd is the company registration name for We Buy Any Home and they continue to expand their presence in the Quick House Sale market. We Buy Any Home have their head office based in London.

Company name: SecureAsale
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Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Accreditation: NAPB
Registered company name: SECUREASALE LIMITED
Registered date: 14/02/2008
Company No. 06504352

SecureaSale was established back in 2008 and is a founding member of the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB) and its property buying services are monitored by The Property Ombudsman. Like the rest of the NAPB members, SecureAsale abides to the Code of Practice for Property Buying Companies.

SecureAsale’s head office is based in London and the company registration name is SecureAsale Limited, SecureAsale continue to expand in the Quick House Sale market.

Company name: Homes Bought Fast
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Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Accreditation: NAPB
Registered company name: THE ONLINE NATIONAL RESIDENTIAL ESTATE AGENCY LIMITED
Registered date: 08/11/2007
Company No. 06421548

Home Bought first came to the market back in 2007 and since then they have become one of the founding members of the National Association of Property buyers (NAPB). Homes Bought fast also have their house buying service monitored by the Property Ombudsman and abide to the Code of Practice for Property Buying Companies.

Homes Bought Fast’s head office is based in Warrington, and their company registration name is The Online National Residential Estate Agency Limited.

Company name: Potrell Property Buyers

Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Accreditation: NAPB
Registered company name: POTRELL LONDON LIMITED
Registered date: 22/10/2010
Company No. 07416126

Potrell Property Buyers became incorporated back in 2010 and they are a member of the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers). They are house buyers who have their property services monitored by the Property Ombudsman also.

Potrell Property Buyers have their head office based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, and their company registration name is Potrell London Limited.

Company name: Easy Homebuyers / Easy Home Buyers

Accreditation: N/A
Registered company name: TBC
Registered date: TBC
Company No. TBC

Easy Home Buyers are property buyers based in Beverley, in East Yorkshire. Easy Home Buyers started in the industry back in 2014 and whilst there aren’t regulated by the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers) or have their property buying service monitored by the Property Ombudsman, they have grown in stature since they were incorporated.

Good Move have a working relationship with Easy Home Buyers and they continue to expand and have become a professional house buying firm in the industry.

Company name: Fastest House Buyer
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Accreditation: N/A
Registered company name: PIXEL MEDIA LTD
Registered date: 21/11/2004
Company No. 05292241

Fastest House Buyer are established property buyers who have good experience in buying properties quickly. Fastest House Buyer isn’t regulated by the NAPB or The Property Ombudsman but they continue to be a popular property buyer in the Fast House Sale sector.

Pixel Media Ltd is the registered company name for Fastest House Buyer and their head office is based in Worthing.

Company name: House Quick Sell
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Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman

House Quick Sell are house buyers which have over 18 years property buying experience in the Quick House Sale industry. House Quick Sell aren’t a member of the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers), but their house buying service is monitored by the Property Ombudsman.

House Quick Sell are a nationwide property buying company and have helped a number of homeowners who need to sell quickly. House Quick Sell’s head office is based in London.

Company: Quick Move Now
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Accreditation: The Property Ombudsman
Registered company name: QMP Holdings Limited
Registered Date: 20/08/2001
Company No. 04273082

Quick Move Now is a property buying company which was established back in 2001. Quick Move Now are one of the founding members of the NAPB (National Association of Property Buyers) and their house buying service is monitored by the Property Ombudsman.

Quick Move Now were one of the original house buyers in the Quick House Sale industry and continue to be one of the main property buyers in the NAPB. Quick Move Now’s registered company name is QMP Holdings Limited. Quick Move Now’s head office is based in Royal Wootten Bassett in Wiltshire.

 

How do House Buyers Work?

Good Move believe that every homeowner should have the opportunity to receive a quick house sale.

Good Move are regulated property buyers who offer a unique quick method which your traditional Estate Agency practice just can’t offer on the open market. No viewings, no sales boards, no house chains, just sell your house for cash.

We buy any house regardless of its condition on the proviso the property is located in the United Kingdom. Good Move are established national homebuyers who pay cash for houses and complete in a timescale to suit you, paying all your seller fees (inclusive of your legal fees).

Reviews & Testimonials

Consider Reviews & Testimonials for House Buying Companies

In the Quick House Sale industry, another important thing to consider is reviews and testimonials. Typically if you investigate genuine review sites like Trustpilot or Reviews you can quickly establish if the organisation you are talking to are reputable. Thankfully, Good Move have built up a strong online trust presence having received 33 positive reviews from 33 satisfied clients. You can read Good Move’s reviews here. If you cant find any reviews or testimonials on a company online, alarm bells should ring and you should only instruct property buyers who have a trusted reputation in the quick house sale industry.

As well as searching for reviews for property buying companies, its important to also check out forums such as Money Saving Expert. Regulated cash buyers provide a premium service for house sellers which need to sell quickly, however they don’t always receive the best reviews. Its not difficult to find reviews on companies, simply type into Google, “Quick House Sale company reviews” and you will soon find them.

Unfortunately there continues to be a number of house buying companies which aren’t regulated in the industry, and these companies give the Fast House Sale industry a bad name. Only organisations who are members of the National Association of Property Buyers can be trusted, and fair operators like Good Move are leading the way in the industry!

So whats your next step to achieve a quick house sale? This is easy, you can get a free cash offer from Good Move TODAY! Our surveyors will discuss your market value of your property at length and will investigate recently sold prices on Rightmove, Zoopla and the Land Registry to get an understanding on what properties are selling for. Once your market value and cash offer has been discussed, the next thing to agree is a time-scale for moving!

If you want to learn more about Good Move and how we can achieve a quick home sale, contact us today. We really can help and we promise we will buy your house fast and efficiently! There is no obligation to accept our offer, we will offer professional advice from qualified chartered surveyors and will leave the decision to sell your property firmly in your hands.

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Good Move believe that every homeowner should have the opportunity to receive a quick house sale.

Good Move are regulated property buyers who offer a unique quick move method which your traditional Estate Agency practice just can’t offer on the open market. No viewings, no sales boards, no house chains, just sell your house for cash.

We are regulated by...

  • The Property Ombudsman
  • NAPB
  • NAEA
  • RICS
  • Trading Standards

Good Move are proud to be the most regulated property buyer operating in the ‘Quick House Sale’ industry.

What makes us different?