5 things to look for when choosing an estate agent


So you’re thinking about selling your property. What next?

Before the dawn of the internet you only really had one option – to use a ‘traditional’ estate agent.

There are now a couple more options such as using an online-only agent or taking the even bigger step of marketing the property yourself.

Both alternatives look like offering savings on fees but, and it’s a big but, there’s a huge difference between cost and value.

Here’s what to look out for when choosing an agent to market your property.

  1. Do they have client testimonials? A good agent will always have previous clients who will vouch for them or have positively reviewed them.

  2. Do you like them? You’ll be working closely with the agent you choose so it’s important that you like and trust them. If in doubt, go with your instinct.

  3. Fees and costs. Remember the old saying ‘If you pay peanuts you get monkeys’? Well it’s never truer than in the world of estate agency. Those agents who offer very low fees are often desperate for instructions so they go in very low. Agents work off commission so they need to feel your property is worthwhile for them to work hard and achieve a successful sale.

  4. Where do they advertise? Increasingly buyers begin searching on the internet. So ask the agents where they advertise. It’s also worth asking an agency how its marketing strategy differs from its competitors. What makes it stand out from the crowd?

  5. Do your homework. Check how the agents are currently presenting properties. Are the photos of good quality? Do the descriptions make sense?

If you have any property related questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’d love to help you.

Thanks for reading,

Maneesh

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