How to Buy a Property Off Market

It’s a selling method that has become increasingly popular across real estate markets and with the shift in the property market due to COVID-19, off market sales have become even more appealing.

While off market sales certainly open a world of opportunity for buyers, the key is understanding how to navigate what can be an unfamiliar process. Here’s what you need to know.


An off market property is basically a property that is for sale without being publicly listed and advertised online (or on any of the property portals). Traditionally off market was a sale method used mainly for high end properties whose owners sought discretion. But its benefits for buyers and sellers mean it’s become much more widely used.


The first step to a successful off market purchase is signing up to the right newsletters and connecting with the right agents. Not everyone will offer off market opportunities so a little bit of research will go a long way.

Check for off market options on real estate agency websites, this will usually lead you to a subscription area where you can sign up for off market property alerts aligning to your budget and preferences.

Speaking directly with real estate agents in the area you are interested in can also be beneficial. When an agent knows a buyer is serious, they will contact them directly about new off market properties, often before an email alert is sent to subscribers, putting you in the best negotiating position.


A homeowner that opts for off market is usually looking for a fast sale so buyers who move quickly will be the frontrunners to securing the property.

There is also typically less room for negotiation so having a budget set, finance organised and a mortgage broker and solicitor ready to act on your behalf is a must!


One of the biggest benefits for buying off market is that it is generally less stressful. Of course, every property transaction has its pressure points but when you go off market there are some things you can kiss goodbye.

You don’t need to go to several inspections and there is no need to compete at an auction. When it is off market, the homes are sent to you and match your set criteria and budget so it can reduce some of the stress of house hunting.

If off market appeals to you, please contact us today to talk about off marketing opportunities in your area.

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