WHAT WE DO
At Chalk Road we work for buyers of property and nobody else.
We help our clients secure the best homes for the best price.
Our approach is straight forward and the services we offer are simple yet flexible. All work is undertaken discreetly, confidentially and strictly within the confines of your brief.
Identify the most suitable property for your needs
Analyse current market trends through rigorous research
Access every property on the market, including many not publicly listed
Inspect all properties that meet your requirements
Manage all dialogue with sales agents on your behalf
Appraise properties and independently evaluate their true worth
Co-ordinate all necessary due diligence (contract reviews, building inspections, valuations, council searches)
Negotiate with vendors and selling agents to secure the best possible deal
Bid on your behalf at auction
Whether you are seeking a home and want to hand the entire searching and negotiating process to us, whether you need help to secure a property you have already found, or whether you just want someone to bid at auction on your behalf, Chalk Road can do it all.
The most popular and comprehensive service used by our clients is the Full Search, Appraise and Negotiate package.
Chalk Road handles everything for you. We scour the market sourcing properties on & off the market until we find the right one.
We do all the due diligence, organise all the legals & third party reports and handle all the negotiating and bidding for you. This is our most popular service.
You have found your property and need help from here on.
Chalk Road takes over from this point handling all the due diligence, organising the legals & third party reports and does all the negotiating, agent dialogue and bidding for you.
Have Chalk Road represent you in the auction room.
We see and participate in hundreds of auctions every year. Avoid huge mistakes and be represented by a professional.
Save time. Reclaim your weekends. Only inspect the properties we shortlist for you.
Reduce stress. No need to worry about dealing with selling agents. We manage all the communication for you.
Make it fair. Counter the seller’s professional representation with your own professional.
Make informed, objective decisions. Know everything about the house and the market you are buying into.
Draw on our expertise and experience. We have spent our professional lives negotiating and researching.
Maintain discretion. We conduct all business for you with complete confidentiality.
Access all properties. Publicly listed, silently listed, across all agencies. We access them all.
Chalk Road was founded in 2009 by Edward and Hannah Flitcroft who are life-long residents of Sydney. Grounded in old-school ethics but dynamic and ruthless in execution, Chalk Road is renowned for its thorough, detailed and analytical approach. Based in Double Bay, we specialise in the Eastern Suburbs, North Shore, Northern Beaches, Inner West and Southern Highlands.
We are sponsors of the widely respected Sydney University Rugby Football Club, as it reaffirms the edict that hard work and meticulous preparation will always bring its due rewards. It is an approach we apply in our daily work with our clients. Our sponsorship has also exposed us to many talented people of outstanding quality and character. We use this as inspiration and elevate our own performance and standards, always striving to be the best we can be.
Prior to founding Chalk Road in 2009, Ed had a background in commercial marketing, managing and negotiating multi-million dollar corporate partnerships over many years for The Australian Rugby Union, Westfield and Fairfax.
With a knowledge of Sydney’s streets and suburbs that would make a taxi driver blush, he brings an intimate understanding of what to look for and where when searching for a client’s ideal property. He is meticulous in uncovering every element about a property and posesses an innate sense of where fair market value for a property sits, and beyond which level it is exceeded.
With a degree in business, Kate spent 10 years working in the advertising industry both in Australia, Denmark & the UK. Upon returning to Australia, Kate spent 5 years in sales & marketing in the designer furniture industry furthering her passion for architecture & design.
Her move into the buyer’s side of real estate began by helping some overseas friends buy their properties in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Thoroughly enjoying the experience Kate officially became a Buyer’s Agent 5 years ago, and brings a variety of skills with her to Chalk Road, including understanding a client's brief, strong analytical and negotiating capabilities and is an easy personality to work with.
Working for a variety of global banks for over a decade, Hannah specialised in agricultural commodity derivatives dealing with corporate and institutional clients.
Hannah spent much of her childhood visiting building sites across Sydney and listening to nightly discussions regarding her family’s property development company. She has a great eye for seeing the potential in properties and the market runs in her blood.
At Chalk Road, Hannah assists the buyers agents in research and ensures the smooth running of the business behind the scenes looking after the accounting, IT and administration departments.
COUNTRY, INTERSTATE AND OVERSEAS BUYERS
In addition to our many local clients, Chalk Road has always represented buyers based outside of Sydney, whether they live overseas or elsewhere in Australia.
Unlike others, we do not differentiate the high level of service, or the fees charged, depending on where our clients come from. All our clients are treated equally.
Chalk Road will make your Sydney property purchase easy and hassle free. Underpinning our work is the rigorous analysis and research we undertake from the outset. Our detailed reporting will provide independent analysis of properties and deliver ongoing monitoring of the latest market conditions.
We co-ordinate professional services such as lawyers, architects, mortgage brokers, building inspectors and valuers, and conduct all necessary due diligence and negotiations on your property. We can also co-ordinate private inspections for your visits to Sydney and inspections for friends and family at times to suit their schedule.
For clients purchasing investment properties, Chalk Road will organise independent rental appraisals and help you select a suitable property manager. With Chalk Road you can make your purchase from a distance with full confidence.
WHO DO YOU REPRESENT?
We only represent buyers of property.
Our clients are normal everyday people and come from all backgrounds. In equal doses, we have worked with young families, busy executives, first homeowners, downsizers, locals, rurals, expats, owner occupiers and investors – and across every price point imaginable.
ARE YOU LICENCED AND INSURED?
We maintain a full Real Estate licence through the NSW Office of Fair Trading. Chalk Road is a current member of the Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW) and holds full Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.
WHAT KIND OF AGREEMENT DO I SIGN WITH YOU?
All clients sign an Agency Agreement with Chalk Road. This outlines the legal framework and obligations for both parties.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Chalk Road adopts a flexible and competitive approach to its fee structure. This is to reflect the diverse and individual nature of our clients’ requirements.
All fees are agreed in advance and in writing by both parties prior to any work commencing.
The fee is paid in two instalments
An initial retainer
This covers our initial costs and is payable once we commence work for you. Nothing will be payable unless both parties have a signed an Agency Agreement.
A buying fee
This fee is only payable successfully purchased your property and contracts have been exchanged.
For more details about Chalk Road’s fees, or to discuss a specific brief, please contact us.
Ed Flitcroft went above and beyond our expectations to help us both find and negotiate to buy our house. Ed made us feel like he was exclusively working for us round the clock and was both pragmatic in his advice but also willing to explore different avenues and not leave any stone unturned.
Ed found our house off market through his network in the real estate industry and we would not have had the opportunity to buy this house if we hadn't engaged him.
Ed is tenacious in pursing the right fit for a home, and extremely good at negotiating when that house is found. Ed and Hannah make a terrific team and we cannot speak more highly of their service at Chalk Road.
- Emily and Simon, Paddington
As my husband said “Ed you ran a brilliant military campaign". We are both so excited about our house.
Thank you Hannah for all your continuing help. I know you also have a brilliant support system in the background. With heartfelt thanks.
- Penny and Richard, Waverton
Chalk Road, you guys have been my saviour! I would never have been able to lock in a deal without you. Ed was absolutely fantastic, I can't praise him enough!!!
I don't know how Ed does it all...his job is so full-on...and then he has the lovely (or rather, not so!) Real Estate Agents to deal with on a daily basis!
Ed's so good at his job, and has the kind of temperament to deal with it all. Thanks so much for all your help and expertise.
We were keen to buy an investment property in Sydney but – living interstate – were endlessly frustrated. Ed was recommended to me and he was a game-changer. His contacts and knowledge give him a deep sense of value in the market. Several times when I was keen to buy, he advised against it. He eventually found a property off-market that absolutely met our needs, saving us significant levels of money. From day one, the property rented at a profit and has brought strong capital gains. Ed’s integrity and market-savvy shine through. He is a pleasure to work with. I would not buy another property in Sydney without him.
- Hugh and Mary, Darling Point
- Rosie, Randwick
Goes without saying, but on behalf of my sisters and I - Thank you. We could not have been in safer or more professional hands.
I know that Mum is extremely happy with the outcome on property quality and price.
This could not have been achieved without you and your team and network of experts. We have the home that Mum wanted for her future but also, to be back close to her family and friends.
Our sincerest thanks and best wishes - Now when do we pay you..??
- Mark, Bellevue Hill
I used Chalk Road recently to purchase a property whilst living overseas, I was fairly particular with my brief - Ed and his team worked tirelessly to find me the perfect apartment.
Ed's knowledge of the Sydney property is fantastic, and provides a real advantage when trying to secure a property in an ultra-competitive market.
I would highly recommend Ed and Chalk Road, and wouldn't hesitate using them again to purchase another property.
- Matthew, Tel Aviv
I'm sending you my heartfelt thanks for helping me to buy my 'dream home'.
I think about how lucky I was to be given your name & recommended as my Buyers' Agent.
You have counselled me well, answered my questions, kept me focused and explained possible scenarios well.
Your negotiating skills & knowledge of the market are outstanding. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending you to anyone who mentions they are house hunting.