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Guardians of the Estate Agent Galaxy

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Working with a relocation consultancy is a sure-fire way to take the hassle out of renting or buying a property in a new city.

It doesn’t matter if you’re intrigued by the expatriate lifestyle of Dubai, keen to explore the Parisian delights of the French capital, craving the more relaxed lifestyle of Brisbane, or desperate to experience London for yourself – wherever you’re moving to in the world, you need to find a property that will make you feel safe, stable and secure as you start to adjust to life in a new country.

One way of sourcing your new home is to ask for assistance from estate agents. For many, this works well, and they’re able to track down a property that meets their needs perfectly. For others, however, negotiating with agents seems to hinder their progress instead of propelling their project forwards.

At CLR, we consider ourselves as the Guardians of the Estate Agent Galaxy. We’re dedicated to improving service delivery across the sector, and we’re here to describe the different skillsets on offer from estate agents and relocation consultants to help you decide who you want to employ to manage your next move.

The limitations of using estate agents

Estate agents play a vital role in the relocation process. They deliver a valuable service and their property expertise is often second to none when it comes to sourcing property in a given area.

However, certain limitations can come into play when clients decide to use estate agents instead of enlisting the help of a professional relocation consultant, especially if they’re looking to move abroad.

Finding potential properties

For example, many estate agents will only work with their own stock. They won’t have access to the whole of the market, so your choice of properties will be limited. This is where companies such as CLR differ. We have the freedom and flexibility to suggest properties that have been assigned to a wide range of agents. In short, we don’t care which agent has your perfect house – our job is to find it and make it yours!

Communication between all parties

Liaising with estate agents can sometimes leave clients with the feeling that they’re not being kept completely in the loop. This could be for a number of reasons: perhaps the agents are struggling to find the time to update them, or, in very rare cases, perhaps they are not delivering the standard of service that is expected of them. When you instruct the relocation specialists at CLR, we can step in and communicate with estate agents on your behalf. We’ll handle all correspondence, we’ll do all the chasing, and we’ll update you as to our progress regularly so you feel confident that all parties are doing everything they can to secure your move.

This is a particularly valuable element of our service if we are negotiating with international agents, as you won’t need to worry about miscommunication or making mistakes that could cost you dearly further down the line.

The driving force behind your purchase

It’s worth mentioning, too, that commission is a huge driver for many estate agents. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous agents are guilty of presenting buyers and tenants with a property that will provide them with the best percentage, even though it may not necessarily be best suited to the client’s needs.

But when you choose to work with CLR, you can take this motivation out of the equation entirely. All of our costs are completely transparent and our staff are not driven by trying to make money from your sale or purchase. We only want what’s best for you.

You’ll receive a highly personalised service from our relocation consultants. It’s this that truly sets us apart from estate agents. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, and you’ll struggle to find this diligence and attentiveness elsewhere. Our team will really take the time to understand your situation, listen to your requirements and put together a relocation strategy that is going to result in the smoothest, most hassle-free move possible.

What Does ‘Access to The Whole Market’ Mean?

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Picture this…

The position has been accepted, future relocation and happiness lie in getting you and your loved ones across to Blighty as quickly and efficiently as possible.

You’re in the market for a house with four bedrooms, close to great schools, a park for the pooches, and hopefully a hop, skip and a jump to the office.

Who do you put your trust in? Who has the access to the best properties on the market? More importantly, who is going to meet your needs and help you and your family’s transition be as stress free as possible?

What you need is the core of our goals at Cornerstone. If you need to be in West London near your employer’s HQ, we can make that happen. If you need access to the best schools in the area, our search consultants can make this their priority. To do this, we choose to “access the whole market”.

In the property sector, there are two ways for relocation agents to pull properties into a portfolio. The first, a single portfolio that agents will push to relocation agencies, binding them to that offering alone. The second, an array of properties that can be accessed via a range of agents, meaning you have a variety to select from – “access to the whole market”.

Location, location, location

At CLR working within the “whole market” allows us to cast a wider net across the UK and access the best possible properties to showcase. We will not be pressured by agents wanting to promote only their stock. We are free to pick and choose the best of the crop for you.

Negotiating for the best

Access to the whole market doesn’t just mean better quality, but a better price point too. More stock means less pressure when it comes to availability. We can negotiate better deals on your behalf to make sure you get the absolute best for your money.


You talk, we listen. One of the first questions we normally get asked is “Where are the kids going to go to school”. So, whilst we are factoring in your place of work, we also be drawing up a shortlist of suitable schools within the area. Having access to a wider catchment means picking from some of the best establishments on offer.

Whole market access and variety in our property portfolio means we can tick the boxes when it comes to your relocation needs.

If you interested in talking to CLR about your relocation requirements, then contact us at