Off Market Sales

All you need to know about “Off Market Sales”

OFF-MARKET property sales used to be the preserve of the rich and famous, but in recent years even average family homes are being sold this way – and the number is growing. Off-market actually plays to our greatest strengths: a local, independent firm with a high-profile presence, in-depth knowledge of the town and country markets across Central Scotland, database of private ready buyers, and the ability to offer the discreet, individually tailored personal service required. Having established a reputation for success in this field in recent years, off-market sales now account for around 10 per cent of our business.

What is an Off Market Property?

An off-market property, also referred to as a discreet property listing, is where a seller does not want their property name or address to be open to the public, such as on Rightmove, in an office window display or through digital advertising. An off-market sale simply means the property is not marketed publicly. There are no For Sale boards, property schedules, which on the face of it may seem incongruous. How can you sell a property if no-one knows about it? We’ll tell you how!

Why would you want to sell off market?

Sellers choose to sell off-market for two main reasons. One is to protect their privacy, whether for personal or business reasons, but it may just be because they prefer not to have nosey neighbours virtually viewing their home. Another reason may be to test the market to gauge if the initial marketing price is competitive or too high without giving it a date stamp, as happens when a home is registered with a property portal such as Rightmove. Selling off-market means there is no record of the original asking price or how long it remained on the market – which means it could then still go on the open market as a new entry and potential buyers would be none the wiser. Off-market is also less stressful as clients deal with the same people throughout – and don’t have to make time or be available for viewers, which during Covid, was a major advantage. Selling off-market involves fewer people and is therefore more focussed.

Off Market Property Buyers?

If you are thinking of selling your property discreetly, you may be wondering who your potential buyers are and how this will affect your sale. Typically, off-market property buyers are in a good position and are ready to buy, meaning they have the cash funds, have nothing to sell. Those interested are usually in rented or sold properties and cannot find what they are looking for online or are looking for the rarity factor. These buyers are usually in a position where they are prepared to wait until they find the property meeting their specific requirements and buy right away. Many of these buyers like to keep themselves private, similar to the sellers, and do not wish to be hounded by agents trying to sell everything and anything.

How to find an off market property?

If you are ready to buy a property but cannot find the home of your dreams through popular property portals, you may want to consider looking for off-market properties. Here are the main ways of finding off-market properties:

  • Local Estate Agencies – Look no further than an agent with local knowledge and expertise. Generally, sellers who wish to take advantage of off-market sales will use an agent with a good track record of similar properties. Have a look and see which agent sells the type of property you are looking for, and contact them to see what they have available.
  • Word of Mouth – Another way of finding a discreetly marketed property is through word of mouth. Sellers wanting to sell privately may explore their contacts through friends and family before marketing it officially. This means they are speaking to like minded people who live in similar properties.
  • Going direct to the home owner – If you are a cash-buyer and have found the property of your dreams, but it is not on the market, it is possible to approach a homeowner and make an offer to purchase their property. It is important to keep in mind that this is something that should be done delicately, as not all homeowners will appreciate your offer or take it seriously. If you would like advice on approaching a homeowner with an offer, you can contact our team today. We can approach on your behalf, or point you in the right direction.

How does an agent market an ‘Off Market’ listing?

As an Estate Agent, our staff will be working with multiple buyers at any given point, most of whom will be working with a member of staff they have already built a relationship with. Once the estate agent has finalised the ‘soft’ marketing – photos and description – we will begin to contact out buyers to see if they would be interested in such a property, or speak with our colleagues to see if they know of anyone. A good agent should know their applicants and their requirements well in order to secure you a quick and straightforward sale. Your estate agent will contact the appropriate potential buyers directly with your property details and can even get the process moving along much faster.

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Take a closer look at our recent off market sales

  • ‘Airthrey Croft’, Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9

    £1,500,000 Offers Over
    Halliday Home Collections are delighted to bring to the market, Airthrey Croft, this most impressive, detached Victorian villa which sits within well maintained, walled, garden grounds with a long driveway and electric gated entrance. Erected in 1872, this C listed, stone-built mansion holds a comma...
    Offers Over £1,500,000
    • 7 Beds
    • 5 Baths
    • 4 Receptions
  • Cliffside, Birkhill Road, Stirling, FK7

    £1,250,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday Homes Collection are delighted to bring to the market this most impressive, Victorian, B listed, stone-built villa which holds a commanding position on the periphery of the prestigious Kings Park Conservation Area. Built in 1856, in a unique Jacobean style by Mr George Mur...
    Offers Over £1,250,000
    • 6 Beds
    • 4 Baths
    • 3 Receptions
  • Walnut Grove House, Long Row, Menstrie, FK11

    POA Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday Homes Collection are delighted to bring to the market this unique, individually built detached family home showcased in immaculate condition both internally and externally. Sitting in an elevated plot with panoramic views to the south this is a truly stunning property with...
    POA
    • 5 Beds
    • 5 Baths
    • 3 Receptions
  • Keirallan House, Braco, FK15

    £720,000 Offers Over
    UNDER OFFER - Halliday Homes Collection are delighted to bring to the market “Keirallan House” a charming, four-bedroom, detached steading set in a superb rural setting and offering spectacular views over the countryside.  Early viewing is recommended to appreciate the quality of accommodation ...
    Offers Over £720,000
    • 4 Beds
    • 3 Baths
    • 2 Receptions
  • Woodlands, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9

    POA Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday Homes are delighted to welcome to the market Woodlands, a superb, Victorian detached villa set over 2 levels and enjoys a fine and enviable setting in the sought-after location of Bridge of Allan. Built circa 1900, the property is presented in pristine condition throughout...
    POA
    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 2 Receptions
  • Hopetoun Drive, Bridge of Allan, FK9

    £475,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday Homes welcomes to the market this superb four-bedroom detached bungalow located on a fantastic corner plot. The property sits within a prime residential area of Bridge of Allan and is well placed for all local amenities.
    Offers Over £475,000
    • 4 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 2 Receptions
  • Struan, Hillfoots Road, Blairlogie, Stirling, FK9

    £470,000 Fixed Price
    SOLD OFF MARKET  - Halliday Homes are delighted to welcome to the market this characteristic, traditional detached home located in an idyllic position in the quiet hamlet of Blairlogie, on the outskirts of Stirling.  Having the stunning Ochil Hills as a backdrop, the charming property, dating back...
    Fixed Price £470,000
    • 4 Beds
    • 1 Baths
    • 2 Receptions
  • Porterside Bungalow, Linlithgow, EH49

    £380,000 Offers Over
    ** SOLD OFF MARKET ** Halliday Homes are delighted to bring to the market this three-bedroom, detached bungalow built in the 1930s and has remained in the same family to the present day.  Located on the rural outskirts of  Linlithgow with stunning views all around, the house is now in need of refu...
    Offers Over £380,000
    • 3 Beds
    • 1 Baths
    • 2 Receptions
  • Braeburn, Westerlea Drive, Bridge of Allan, FK9

    £370,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday Homes are delighted to present to the market this, one off architecturally designed, three-bedroom detached home which sits within a quiet location in the popular town of Bridge of Allan. The property has been designed to maximize natural light, offers flexible accommodati...
    Offers Over £370,000
    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Garden Cottage 2, Boquhan Estate, Kippen, FK8

    £360,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET -Set in the historic 16th century Boquhan Estate, with links to Bonnie Prince Charlie, is Garden Cottage which is a charming, semi-detached villa recently upgraded by the current owner. The property is situated in a picturesque and desirable location on the outskirts of Kippen, with ...
    Offers Over £360,000
    • 5 Beds
    • 1 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Prestney Burn Road, Auchterarder, PH3

    £340,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday homes are welcoming to the market this modern, well presented, detached home located within the newly developed area of Auchterarder. The property is in walk in condition, boasts countryside views, and is conveniently placed for schooling and all local amenities.  
    Offers Over £340,000
    • 4 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Museum Hall, Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9

    POA Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday Homes are delighted to offer this beautifully presented, two bedroom ‘Penthouse’ apartment to the market. Located on the top floor of the iconic “B” listed Museum Hall and boasting a high specification of fittings and finishes throughout, this property offers conte...
    POA
    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Meiklejohn Street, Causewayhead, FK9

    £320,000 Offers Over
    ** SOLD OFF MARKET FROM OUR EVER GROWING CLIENT DATABASE ** Stunning, detached family home built by Stewart Milne and sits within the highly sought-after “Wallace Gardens” development in the Causewayhead area of Stirling. Overlooking the communal green with views to Wallace Monument and Dumyat, ...
    Offers Over £320,000
    • 4 Beds
    • 3 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Sandpiper Meadow, Alloa, FK10

    £295,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET -Halliday Homes are delighted to welcome to the market 80 Sandpiper Meadow. A well-presented, four-bedroom detached villa in walk-in condition. This attractive home offers comfortable living with quality fixtures and fittings throughout which early viewing will confirm.
    Offers Over £295,000
    • 4 Beds
    • 3 Baths
    • 2 Receptions
  • Citizen Jaffray Court, Cambusbarron, Stirling, FK7

    £245,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Halliday Homes welcome to the market is this immaculately presented 3 bed end terraced villa featuring modern, contemporary decor throughout. The property is situated within a popular residential area of Cambusbarron and is close to all local amenities.
    Offers Over £245,000
    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Erskine Street, Alva, FK12

    £195,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Immaculately presented three-bedroom, semi-detached villa situated within a quiet development and is nestled near the foot of the Ochil Hills. This attractive, move-in condition, home offers comfortable living with quality fixtures and fittings throughout.
    Offers Over £195,000
    • 3 Beds
    • 1 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Moreland Place, Causewayhead, FK9

    £175,000 Offers Over
    SOLD OFF MARKET - Presented to the market is this charming, two-bedroom top floor apartment, built by Stewart Milne in 2014. The property is presented in walk in condition, offers undisturbed views towards the Wallace Monument and sits within a popular estate in the Causewayhead area of Stirling.
    Offers Over £175,000
    • 2 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Gillies Hill, Cambusbarron, FK7

    £162,500 Offers Over
    SOLD WITHIN 24HRS - Exceptionally spacious 3 bed terraced villa with a private rear garden looking over the neighbouring woodland, off street parking, views of Stirling Castle and is situated within a popular residential area of Cambusbarron.
    Offers Over £162,500
    • 3 Beds
    • 1 Baths
    • 1 Receptions
  • Targe Wynd, Stirling, FK8

    £132,500 Offers Over
    Welcomed to the market is this immaculately presented mid terraced villa, located within a popular residential area of Stirling. This attractive home would be ideal for first time buyers and is showcased in true walk-in condition.
    Offers Over £132,500
    • 2 Beds
    • 1 Baths
    • 1 Receptions