Buying a home in Leeds

Looking to buy a new home?
We’ll be with you every step of the way.

At HOP, we have years of experience buying and selling homes in Leeds. We can answer questions on pretty much anything you may come across during your buying process and are here to help you with your purchase at every stage of the process.

Why buy your property with us?

Experience & Advice

HOP was established in 2009, so we have many years’ experience dealing with buying and selling homes in Leeds.

We can answer questions on pretty much anything you could come across during your buying process and we’re full of handy advice and tips on different subjects too.

Independent Local Agent

Our team is handpicked and we all live within the Leeds area, so when it comes to advice on the surrounding towns and villages we have good area knowledge to draw upon.

HOP is an independent, local estate agent so customer service is our top priority, our reputation is precious to us and we’d like to think that you’d be in a position to recommend us to your friends and family, and come back to us in years to come when you’re ready for your next step on the property ladder!

A Helping Hand

We understand buying a property can be a daunting process, so we are here to hold your hand through the process and be as helpful as we possibly can be.

We really do try to take the stress out of buying and do our very best to make the whole process as smooth as possible, from start to finish.

Property Connections

HOP has close relationships with conveyancers, mortgage advisors, surveyors and architects – so if you need any recommendations for anything property related then it’s likely we’ve got the connections to help – just ask!

Refurbs & Renovations

We also have a wealth of experience dealing with property refurbishments, so if you do fancy buying that ‘doer upper’, or a buy to let property, but don’t want to take on the refurb program yourself – we can help.

We work with teams of local workmen who we trust and have years of experience working alongside.

Fully Accredited

And lastly, if you need peace of mind you are choosing the right agent to buy from then you just need to look at our reviews – we’ve been voted as a Feefo trusted agent.

We are also registered with governing bodies such as Safeagent, The Property Ombudsmen & ARLA to ensure we meet the correct standards and best practice.

Properties For Sale

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#12756 | Offers Over

£140,000

Chapel Street, Eccleshill

  3 bedrooms

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#12852

£260,000

Skyline, St. Peters Street, Leeds

  2 bedrooms

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#12894 | Offers Over

£185,000

Whitcliffe Road, Cleckheaton

  3 bedrooms

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#12904 | Offers in Excess of

£170,000

Hammerton Street, Pudsey

  2 bedrooms

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#12912 | Offers Over

£360,000

Langdale Terrace, Headingley

  6 bedrooms

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#12924 | Guide Price

£150,000

Branch Road, Armley, Leeds

  1 bedrooms

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#12963 | Asking Price Of

£107,000

Skinner Lane

  1 bedrooms

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#12964 | Asking Price Of

£105,000

Skinner Lane

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Local vs Online Agents – which is right for you?

As a Local Independent Agent, we pride ourselves in delivering a personalised services from your high street. We have two offices, located in Leeds City Centre and Pudsey, which cover all LS & BD postcodes. Our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable teams are on hand to help customers with a range of different property services.

Buying through an online agent is increasingly popular but it’s not without risk and extra stress. We’ve been selling and letting properties for over a decade, many online agents didn’t even exist when we were first founded, and many have opened and closed during that time!

Local agents can offer a more bespoke service, with a branch you can actually visit and have the option of talking to an estate agent in person, not just being put through to a call centre where the person has never seen the property and may have never even been to the area.

Choosing to buy your property with an independent agent like HOP, delivers you a personalised service right from your high street.

 

Choosing the right area

It’s the age old saying – location location location! But it’s a cliche for a reason.

To find the perfect location for your new home, there are a number of factors to consider.

From schools, to commuter links, to favourite places to shop and eat – what is important to you will act as a guide to finding the right area.

Let us help. We know the Leeds market inside out and can help you find a home in your dream location. Even if we’ve not got a property listed right now in your chosen area, we can use a targeted approach to off market homes or go through our previous valuations to see if there are any sellers that we already know who are looking to list soon.

Customer reviews

  • 4.5/5
Independent Service Rating based on 476 verified reviews.

“Very good and efficient”

I would definitely use hop again

Mr Gary Stevens

Excellent prompt response to satisfy our requirements .

Anonymous

“Fantastic”

Really happy with the service, had a little issue with my application but they solved this within a day and…

Harry Morris

“The guy who came to the property was really propt and professional,”

I would highly recommend them

James Austwick

Kyle was very helpful in organising viewings and enabling us to sign for our house

Elspeth Wall

Amazing, friendly service from millie Graham. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Daloni

“Good”

The company is good

Cristina Silva

“Straightforward and helpful”

Very polite friendly and helpful.

Malcolm Strachan

Had a very good experience with HOP, Josh took me round e few properties that I was looking at…

Simon

“Good”

Good agent. Very different to most as they aren’t my pushy and genuinely want to help

Ryan

Step 1: Work out your budget

Speak to a qualified and experienced mortgage advisor to work out what mortgage deals you would likely qualify for with the deposit you have available. There’s no point looking outside of your budget and getting your heart set on a property, only to find out the ‘online’ mortgage calculator didn’t take into account some of the financial commitments you have already.

Be realistic, and remember to factor in stamp duty, solicitor and general moving costs. Most mortgage advisors will offer a free ‘cost of moving’ appointment to give you a rounded view on anticipated costs you’re likely to incur.

Step 2: Find a property

Research the area, scour estate agents and search websites. The main two websites buyers tend to visit are Rightmove and Zoopla, but if you’re proactively looking in a particularly desirable area then make sure you register with the local estate agents and give in depth criteria about exactly what are your ‘musts’ and ‘wants’. Often they will be able to give you the heads up if a suitable property is coming to market soon.

Estate agents can also guide you on the areas, so feel free to ask questions about schools, local amenities, transport and restaurants. At HOP, our Negotiators will certainly be able to give you a good tip for a local restaurant or two to visit and we have a comprehensive area guide to help offer guidance on where might be good for you.

When you see a property you like, it’s important to read fully all of the information on the listing accurately, study the floorplan and make sure you watch any virtual tour that the agent may have provided – all of this ensures that you minimize the chance of wasting yours or the Vendor’s time viewing in person. Viewings can be a time consuming task, so make sure you’ve done as much as you can to shortlist the properties beforehand to make the most of your time.

Step 3: Put in an offer

Call the estate agent and put forward your offer, they won’t be able to disclose other offer amounts or personal details on other offers but they can certainly help to give you a guide on whether you’re in the right ball park.

Make sure you mention any inclusions (such as fixtures or fittings, or perhaps white goods) and any specific conditions or moving time frame. It’s also useful to have your own chain details to hand, if applicable.

Step 4: It's accepted!

Congratulations! Your agent will ask for some documentation in order to qualify the offer and mark the property as sold (subject to contract). This usually includes proof of your deposit, your mortgage agreement in principle, ID for the anti-money laundering checks, and details of the Solicitor you’ll be using for the purchase.

Now your Mortgage Advisor will submit your application and the lender will usually get in touch to arrange a visit for a mortgage valuation. You also have the opportunity to get a survey to check the property’s condition if you wish.

Your Solicitor checks any legal issues and starts the conveyancing process, they’ll usually ask for an initial payment for searches.

Step 5: Exchange

The conveyancing process can usually take anywhere between 8-12 weeks, and is very much dependent on your upper and lower chain situations, surveys and any issues that may arise along the way.

It’s important to choose a good, experienced Solicitor to guide you through this process – after all, it is possibly the most expensive purchase you’ll make throughout your life!

Once the property exchanges, you pay your deposit and can’t back out without major cost.

Step 6: Completion

You hand over the rest of the cash in exchange for the keys and deeds. The property’s now legally yours!

The estate agent won’t be able to release keys to you until they have had direct confirmation from the Solicitors that the sale has completed, so be sure to factor this in to your moving plan as it’s not always the case that keys will be ready to pick up at 9am on the morning of completion!

Are you looking to buy an investment property?

Leeds is an excellent location for buy-to-let investment and we offer a property sourcing and sales services for investors looking to take advantage of the excellent yields available in Leeds.

By leveraging our expertise and extensive landlord network, we make light work of buying and selling investment properties.­

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