How to buy a house in the UK
Buying a home in the UK can be a lengthy and complex process, taking between 3-6 months, or longer, to complete and it is a good idea to seek independent legal and financial advice before you do so. There are significant costs on top of the purchase price of the property.
Most sales in the UK are handled by estate agents (realtors). If you are looking to purchase a home, please note that it is not standard practice in the UK for estate agents to help buyers find homes to purchase across the whole of the market; they will only call you when and if their estate agency are representing a property that meets your requirements on their own estate listings. Unlike in other countries, such as the US, where you must pay your estate agent a percentage of the value of the home you eventually buy, you will not need to pay a finder's fee in the UK. On the other hand, you will have to search through online listings and speak directly with estate agents in order to find your home. You will also need to negotiate the price and terms of the purchase yourself.
Please note that some properties never make it to online listings, as they are bought before they are officially advertised. It is recommended that you register your details with each estate agent so that they can alert you by email or phone to any of these opportunities.
Some estate agents cover property throughout Oxford, others specialise in a specific part of Oxford, neighbouring villages and towns or properties in a particular price bracket.