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What should I look for when choosing an agent to sell my property?

What should I ask? what are the important facts I should base my choice on?

Asked on Jan 24 2012, Selling in Hitchin | Report content

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  • Choose someone you can communicate with easily and who you will be able to trust. Ask for local recommendations and go to these ones first if possible. Look for memberships of regulatory bodies like the NAEA / NFOPP and check where they advertise, some only use rightmove, others use more than one website and also local newspapers.

    Answered on Feb 3 2012, Report content
  • Beware of being pressurised into using a lawyer recommended by an agent– while friends and family can be a valuable source of advice, commercial organisations may have ulterior motives. Some estate agents operate referral agreements with firms of lawyers whereby the agents receive a cash incentive from the lawyers for the recommendation. In such instances agents may not be recommending the best lawyers – but those paying them the most money. While solicitors are governed by an ethical code and have an obligation to act in the best interests of both clients and prospective clients other organisations may not live by the same code. If you are being given the hard sell to use a lawyer – possibly one out of the town whom you may never actually meet, you might want to ask the referring party why they are suggesting that particular lawyer – is it in your best interests of in theirs? Will they receive a sum of money in the event you instruct that lawyer? And if so, how much?

    Answered on Feb 8 2012, Report content
  • One of the things you need to make sure of is that you don't let yourself get stung by entering into an unfair contractual agreement with your estate agent of choice. There is a very good article on the subject over at TheAdvisory.

    Web reference: http://www.theadvisory.co.uk/estate-agents.php

    Answered on Aug 5 2013, Report content

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