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// Who Are We?


// James Vlasto

Badgemoor was founded by James Vlasto in 2009. James has extensive experience of all aspects of the residential property industry working at director level within the fields of Estate Agency and Development & Investment since 2001. He gained a reputation for giving measured, honest advice and the company stemmed from an increasing private demand for his consultancy. Expanding entirely through referral, Badgemoor clients now span 6 continents (we’re looking into Antarctica!).

A keen sportsman, James plays hockey and squash whenever he can and is possibly happiest when on the water with his family.


// Christine Hughes-Onslow

Christine runs our property management department. She has over 15 years of tenancy and block management experience in Central London and has a very hands on approach to the job. Never afraid to be on a roof or under a sink to get to the root cause of a problem we can safely say that her eye for detail is second to none.

Christine lives in West London and when not at work or with her family you will most likely find her following her beloved Wasps rugby team around the country.


// Aisling Vlasto

Aisling, or Ash, is responsible for the company’s accounts and invoicing. Her organisational skills allow the rest of us to get on with job at hand. In her previous life she was a successful estate agent in Chelsea and her familiarity with the industry is of great use in all aspects of what we do.

Ash is also a yoga teacher and devoted mother of two who enjoys spending any free time with her family and friends.

About Us

// Fees

The cost for Search & Acquisition is split into two parts. Upon the signing of our contract a non-refundable retainer of £1000 is paid to secure our services. This is a deposit against the “Success Fee” which is due upon the acquisition of your property.

 

  • The Success Fee for a property purchase is 1.5% of the purchase price with a minimum fee of £10,000.
  • The Success Fee for a rental search is one month’s rent with a minimum fee of £5,000.
  • Property management fees are calculated at 5% of the rental income with a minimum fee of £1,000.
  • Project management fees are calculated at 10% of the cost of works.
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    Please note that all fees are subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) which is currently 20%. For more details on the fee structure or to see terms & conditions of business please get in touch.

    // Clients

    James Vlasto took all the anxiety and stress out of buying my first house. It was an incredibly simple process – I briefed him, he showed me houses that only answered the brief and, once I chose one, he looked after the entire transaction from negotiation to completion. After the purchase was complete James helped find contractors to do the renovation and he advised throughout the process – going well beyond the service he was contracted for… This was the best money we spent in the whole process.

    Mr Jim B.

    It gives me great pleasure to provide you with this reference as your efforts and activities on our behalf have been flawless! I have to say that this isn’t a surprise as having known you professionally for some years; I know you operate with absolute integrity combined with a consistently pro-active style. Without you, our search would almost certainly remain on-going! Both Louise and I never doubted your absolute commitment to securing the best possible solution for our needs, never doubting for a second your intentions or motivations. As you know, I have quite a bit of experience of buying agents, and from our experience with your company, I feel hard pushed to believe there’s a better operator in the market. Therefore I have absolutely no doubt that your company will continue to grow from strength to strength, and that your business has a very bright future – something that you deserve. Well done and thank you very much!

    Mr Andrew D-S

    I had been putting off looking at flats to buy in London, but with Badgemoor it was quick, painless and even quite fun! I can highly recommend James and his team – professional, knowledgeable, dedicated and very prompt. I will certainly go back to them for my next property purchase.

    Simon & Helen S.

    James provided us with clear, honest and informed property advice supported by his detailed knowledge and experience built over years in the industry – he provided a service that was measured and tailored to the very smallest details of our specific requirements – I would not hesitate in recommending James and Badgemoor.

    Mr Scott H.

    James is extremely knowledgeable about the London property market. His customized and personalized service has made a real difference in helping us with our property investment and management, which can be a real pain especially as an overseas investor. I like the fact that he deals with a limited number of clients at a given time, which gives him the ability to focus on his client’s needs and he has his client’s interest at heart, He has a small but efficient team which can assist in handling different aspects of your property so the one stop shop service is highly efficient. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in considering property investments in London

    Mrs Vivien K

    We asked James to help us buy a family home in what was a very busy and confusing market. He really listened to our needs and only ever showed us property that was exactly to our brief. We were shocked by how quickly he found the right house for us and despite the competition managed to secure it at a reasonable price. We found James to be very personable, knowledgeable and always available and up to date with how the deal was going, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services to someone in the same position as we were.

    Simon & Sarah C.

    Badgemoor were of service to me when I was looking for investment property in London. I am a very busy person and need to be able to rely on the advice and guidance of other professionals. The impartial and independent expertise I was given throughout the process gave me access to deals and areas I would never have discovered through conventional routes. The usual stressful negotiation experience was removed, whilst allowing me to rely on the experience of Badgemoor who gave me the honest one point of contact we strive for during such important deals.

    ​Should the opportunity arise to use these services i would not hesitate to highly recommend and use Badgemoor again.

    Mr Thomas H.

    Living overseas, we greatly appreciated James’ ‘on the ground’ knowledge of the UK housing market. With this local knowledge, and informed guidance, we were able to make our investment purchase and have been delighted with the outcome

    Alex & Nick H.

    I knew of James before we even worked together. His reputation of being the best in his industry preceded him. The words Intent and Great Resolve come to mind. Having now worked with James I can see why. Not only is James extremely professional and knowledgeable at what he does but he always has his clients best interests at heart with the most tactful air of discretion I know. James could always be trusted to work with you and achieve all goals set, even with a five hour time difference. His personable nature makes him a complete pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him to any future clients.

    Miss Joe C.

    I have known and admired James for many years. He is positive, informed, clever and tough when he needs to be. A hard worker with complete integrity, I would have no hesitation in recommending him as an expert in the property market

    Peter R.

    A very big thank you for guiding me through and advising me on the sourcing, offer, exchange and completion of my new flat. I am also very happy with the mortgage you arranged for me, and in record time too. Thank you for introducing me to a very efficient and professional team of solicitors and also for liaising with all aspects of the purchase. Without your professional help and guidance the transaction would not have gone as smoothly or as quickly.
    Your fees were very good value, considering the amount of leg work and time you committed to organising the purchase , and I will not hesitate in recommending you to my work colleagues, clients and friends.

    Mr Brendan C.

    We have recently instructed James Vlasto of Badgemoor to find new office premises for this Foundation. I am happy to confirm that the work he undertook was most successful and we enjoyed working with him. He was enthusiastic, efficient and very knowledgeable regarding the market and area in which we wanted to locate the right office. The process of finding a suitable building to our rather difficult and very specific brief was made stress-free and a pleasure. We would recommend his services to any client wanting to undertake a property search in London and possibly elsewhere. He assisted us not only with the purchase negotiations but has been willing to help us with administrative and management issues arising out of our purchase.

    Mr Ian G.

    Both ​Keith and I would refer you to our friends and family as we felt you were always professional, polite and friendly and extremely efficient throughout the whole transaction. We also felt that nothing was too much trouble for you and you kept in contact with us every step of the way.

    Mrs Kathy A.

    Living overseas, the complexities of finding and purchasing a property in London seemed overwhelming but Badgemoor took all the stress and headache out of the process from start to finish. Right from finding the right property for us, negotiating the sale, sprucing the place up, managing the letting agent and now the tenants, they have been invaluable – and all this in a very short timeframe. Thank you to James and the team for making what could have been a very painful process, seamless and stress free.

    Mrs Imogen B.

    We have known and worked with James of Badgemoor for over 3 years and have been blown away by his and the Badgemoor team’s professionalism, dedication and honesty in our dealings with them. The go to team for UK property.

    Mr Tom G.

    We could not recommend James Vlasto more highly. Having been given the brief of what we were looking for I came to London just once, saw 5 flats, all of which were suitable and we purchased one of these at considerably less than the asking price. Before meeting James I had been looking unsuccessfully for 5 months.

    ​ ​His advice has been invaluable and I have recommended him to friends who have also been very happy.
    Not only is James excellent in finding the flats but he is also very very good at negotiating the purchase of the flat.

    Mrs Henrietta K-H

    James assisted us in the search of a family flat. We spoke to many property searchers and selected James because he immediately understood our wishes, he had a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the London property market and the necessary contacts with real estate agents which allowed us to view flats before they came to the market. James followed the brief but on top he was able to step into our shoes and anticipate wishes we had not yet even thought of. Having James searching for us is as if we would do it ourselves but better. We appreciated a lot his responsiveness, flexibility, hard work and integrity in his business dealings. We were able to secure and close our purchase under time pressure thanks to James’ legal and expert contacts and close follow up. He also gave us contacts of builders for the refurbishment works. We want to thank James not only for having done a great job but also for his sense of humour and can-do mentality.

    Els & Amaury H.

    Buying a property with James really has been a wonderful experience; I couldn’t have done it without him. It’s been invaluable to have someone with such knowledge and expertise, making buying a property not just stress free, but actually enjoyable. James, you’ve been a pleasure to work with and I really will miss scooting around London with you!

    Miss Zita M.

    I cannot recommend working with James Vlasto highly enough. The process of looking for a house from half way across the world was made hugely efficient, in the sense that James quickly understood our brief, only showed us houses on that brief and most importantly, sourced outstanding houses yet to go on the market. He also helped me negotiated a very good deal with the seller. In life you tend to get what you pay for. In James case, you get more.

    James & Nicole W.

    Badgemoor did a great job for us, securing a quality Central London property within budget and removing all the stress normal associated with property acquisitions. James and his team have continued to manage the property for us since completion and their service has been excellent.

    Catherine C.

    James negotiated the purchase of a new flat opposite my existing one at a much lower price than the asking price. Once that was complete he went beyond the brief and helped my buy corridor space so I could connect the two flats. Somehow he managed the multiple agents involved with total ease. I will use him again in the future without doubt.

    Mrs Clare B.

    There is no question that having made the crucial decision to employ the services of a property finder choosing Badgemoor was fundamental to the successful purchase of a property suitable to our very particular needs.

    ​ ​From the first consultation it became clear that Badgemoor’s representative, James Vlasto was thoroughly professional, he took detailed notes of all our requirements, advised us on prices , value, areas and answered any questions we had with regard to our needs.
    Within a few days, using his extensive property network, James returned to us with a shortlist of suitable buildings that he had personally selected from the available market

    ​. ​He then provided transport for viewing the ones we selected, liaised with estate agents, arranged viewings, gave feed back to the agents and allowed us ,his client, to focus entirely on the suitability ​. ​Once we had located suitable premises we were regularly updated on the progress of our purchase from offer to completion, James inspected the property on completion collected the keys and delivered them to us.
    To recap………………..perfect.

    Mr Andrew W.

    We’d found James through relatives that purchased a flat with him. As a first time buyer in London, it was a bit daunting to find the right place. I never lived in London and wasn’t familiar with the neighbourhoods nor the processes that come with purchasing a property in the city. Knowing this, James patiently took me to visit several different neighbourhoods and types of properties that were available in the city, to better gauge what I was looking for. He really took the time to explain nuances of each area and what to expect with each type of property. As an agent, he was sensitive, knowledgeable and trustworthy.

    He eventually helped us find a fantastic house in Notting Hill. Since then, he and his team have been helping us manage the property as we decided to let the house. We’d expected that our house would be difficult to manage due to its complicated nature. Yet, they’ve been doing a great job managing all the various issues that have come up. As property managers, James and team are diligent, organised, efficient and communicative. We couldn’t be happier with them.

    We would highly recommend Badgemoor to anyone looking for help with purchasing or managing a property.

    Hun & Austin W.