South West London detached family home search

Karelia Scott-Daniels acted for us on our purchase of a detached house in Kew. We found Karelia to be affable, personable, highly professional and dedicated to the job of finding us a house we would be happy in.

She organised all our appointments with estate agents only showing us properties that were relevant to our highly specific brief. Having Karelia with us also minimized conversation with estate agents during viewings, whom are often tiresomely eager to sell without having any regard to a guiding brief or even the truth about a property or its location.

She was also extremely helpful in being able during each viewing to give us any advice we required on the feasibility and likely cost of any desirable or necessary improvements to a house. This assisted enormously when deciding which properties to select for a second viewing.

Karelia handled all the negotiations brilliantly, eventually securing a reduction in the asking price jsut under 5 % in a very competitive situation and in a vendors' market. We would never have secured anything like this price ourselves. Her idea of offering less on the basis that we got ourselves into a position to exchange within two weeks of our offer being made worked brilliantly and was all her doing. It was also thanks to Karelia that we exchanged even earlier than planned, taking a small but necessary risk after solicitors' advice, to beat a sudden stamp duty increase which would have cost us more than £50,000.

After completion, Karelia continued to assist with organising utilities, changes of locks, roof work, plumbing work and even arranging for a house sitter to occupy most of the time the property was unoccupied in order to deter squatters.

We were extremely impressed with her and would not hesitate to recommend her to act for any purchaser whatever their situation. The cost of instructing her firm was more than justified by the outcome.

We had a huge search area, encompassing Chiswick, Richmond, Ham, Putney, Barnes, Sheen and everywhere in between.  We considered Fife Road, but in the end Kew was more convenient for us.

Thank you so much.


Paula Riedel
Partner at Linklaters
Item purchased: 
Kew Detached Family Home Purchase