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The London and home counties property market in which Black Brick Property Solutions operates has been experiencing interesting times over the last few years. 

Camilla Dell (pictured), Black Brick’s Managing Partner explains that the firm is a buying agency predominantly looking after private clients who engage their services in buying property valued at GBP500,000 upwards either for personal use or investment.

Dell says: “Since I started the business in 2007, we have evolved and now offer an array of value-add residential property services to assist our clients with all aspects of their property portfolios. This includes a managed sales service which has grown over the last few years helping clients to sell properties as well.”

The business is very different from an estate agency where staff might be looking after hundreds of properties, she says. 

“We are a boutique company, focused on providing an exceptional service to a lower volume of clients so we can put more resource and skill into selling our clients properties, often off market, and achieve good results close to the asking price and within their time frame.”

Central London property has experienced one of its most severe downturns since Black Brick last won a Wealth Adviser award in 2015. 

“It’s been a tough and challenging market with lots of uncertainty,” she says. “Buyers have been nervous and we have had to work hard to find compelling and attractive deals to get them over future uncertainty that may lie ahead.

“However, it has also been an interesting market and one were we have been able to find receivership sales. In January in Mayfair, we acquired a house 32 per cent below the market average, paying under GBP1,800 per square foot for a new build freehold Mayfair house where we have added value,” Dell says.

“For our dollar-based clients it’s a brilliant time to be buying because as well as a 20 per cent drop in central London prices there has also been a 20 per cent drop in the currency so they are buying at a 40 per cent discount.”

Black Brick also offers a property management service managing about 50 properties in central London, plus a unique vacant care service which involves the firm in looking after client homes for them when they are absent, carrying out weekly inspections which can be important for insurance companies to maintain their cover.

“We look after clients’ homes and we have been evolving that service to doing it when they are in their home, so if something goes wrong clients call their dedicated Black Brick property manager and can gain access to our carefully vetted and trusted supplier network.”

A complimentary add-on to the property search service is a concierge service, which aids new London or home counties residents through the process of hooking up to utilities and other essentials.

“The challenge in London has been finding properties for clients,” Dell says. “We proactively look for opportunities, where people are relocating, getting divorced, upsizing or downsizing or where property is coming up through probate. This is the skill that we bring in hunting out good deals for our clients.” 

The firm also has a rental search service, aimed at high net worth clients who need a place in London or the home counties before committing to an expensive house purchase.

“We look after them initially through our rental search service and then 12 to 18 months later, we help them buy something.”

The team at Black Brick totals eight and is pretty much the same team as the one that won in 2015. “I have a talented, supportive happy and motivated team with over 80 years combined experience” Dell says. 

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