Forces Property Direct

Discussion in 'Finance, Property, Law' started by BiscuitsAB, Aug 23, 2012.

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  1. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Moved the topic over here.

    I've had a good look around their website and had a chat with the MD. I'll give a break down of how they operate later on when I have a free hour.

    My feeling right now is that Forces Property Direct are one of those rare finds, they have a very good proposal and don't shout about it. The tend to work mainly on word of mouth recommendation. Most of their work has been based around the BFPO arena but they want to offer their proposition in the UK as well.

    All in all after just one chat with the MD I think they sound solid.
  2. Bought my house through them 2 years ago at one of their roadshows in Cyprus, all in all a painless experience.

    Steve & Nige are sound, very helpful and would recommend them to anyone.
  3. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    I've had a few chats with both Steve and Nigel, I'm pretty comfortable saying that if your still serving and don't own but are thinking of buying a new build then go and have a chat with them. Their proposition and delivery seem to be very solid.
  4. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    A few lines from Forces Property Direct.

    Forces Property Direct have been established for over fourteen years, as with all good things they started off small and organically grew in line with increased awareness from our Forces clients.
    We don't advertise heavily and as we are a completely free of charge service to the Military we mainly use word of mouth recommendation.

    Our service is split into two main areas, property and finance, Steve Matthews who set up Forces Property Direct spent many years in a career on the board of New Build developers in the Uk, before this he served ten years in the Military. He is happy to provide advice on what to buy and where, also negotiates significant discounts from builders in the Uk for military clients he represents.

    Nigel Garside who teamed up with Steve about ten years ago covers all aspects of the financial side, he has wavered all his fees when joining Forces Property Direct to enable clients to utilise all his experience at no cost.
    Nigel's back ground is financial services based out of BFG JHQ where he ran an office for the last 24 years, he has now closed the office and re located to the Uk to focus on FPD full time.

    In short clients who come to Forces Property Direct can expect significant discounts on new build through out England, Scotland and Wales if they are Military or MOD, the one stop shop means once they have chosen the house, we can organise a mortgage (with exclusive deals for Military including being able to mortgage on a BFPO address), also instruct a specialist solicitor who is used to working with British Military all over the world, and get advice on what and where to buy from our in house experts, we are also in a position to utilise if appropriate, government funding for key workers, ie Military, also have national rental agents offering discounted service too.

    Our team all work free of charge, hence not advertising, if you know about us then you are happy to use us, we feel this is the best way to police a quality service to an audience that genuinely need help in this field.
  5. Many thanks for sharing this and providing advice. Much appreciated; now passing on to Mrs CM.
  6. I used Nigel and Steve when I got a new build in the South West a couple of years ago. They were excellent.

    I went into the NAAFI to buy a loaf and walked out 30 minutes later having paid my deposit. 6 months later the build was finished. Between these times it felt like no hassle at all and being a first time buyer I was glad of the ease, especially as I was on PDT during this and on tour on completion day.

    It seemed too easy to be fair and it took me a while to shake off the feeling that it was too good to be true, but all is good.

    The only downside is a tenant that hasn't paid rent in the time it's been built and my next door neighbor is a crab. They could have told me that.
  7. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Its not a too good to be true deal, the company get paid for the work they do by the seller. They don't charge the buyer.

    Now if its a new build you want then there's no harm at all in looking them up.
  8. My next door neighbour was a crab... Thankfully he has put his property on the market.... 3 years ago!... Unfortunately he's still living next door.
    He's dropped the price by £80k in the past three years, funny thing he's only had a For Sale sign up for the past year. I think he didn't want the neighbours to know he was planning to move out, Lest they object or something?
    I don't hate Crabs per say just this particular one.
  9. When I say he was a Crab, I meant he was an ACIO dwelling fat Crab. But now he's just a fat Ex Crab.
  10. Looking at new builds at present so will take a handy knowing what there take is on waiting for gratuity for your deposit plus the old leaving the forces /seeking employment scenario with the type of civvy contract on offer.
  11. I know that they get there cash from the seller but as I was a first time buyer I really thought it would be more difficult, and like others, had the feeling throughout the deal that it was just TOO easy, but I was probably worried that it would fall through for some reason as it was 2009 and there was a slight credit hiccup globally.

    Give Nigel a bell and he'll talk you through it. Unlike another company that used to sell in the NAAFI they won't bluff you to make a sale.

    My place is a Persimmon build and they were also very good. They made a slight change to one bedroom that wasn't on the plans and they gave me just shy of 10k back before I'd even found out.
  12. I've been looking at these for a bit. A couple of mates of mine have used them and have nothing but good to say about them.

    I'm just waiting for Glasgow to tell me where I am going to be for my last 18-24 months before I jump in.
  13. OK mate will give you a bell in a few weeks to get some info
  14. No probs. I've been on leave for the last 2 weeks so I may well have some news in my workflow or inbox.