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What's the best way to choose an estate agent?

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Asked on Jun 18 2010, Selling in Bournemouth | Report content

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  • This is always a difficult choice (as there's so many!). Select a minimum of 3 agents to value your home, this will give you a ball park figure (remember, its your home so you choose the asking price). Ask the agents how they will market your property, ensure you choose an agent that advertises on Rightmove and Zoopla (these are the key websites) no other advertising medium really matters any more (including newspapers, because any serious buyer will look at these websites). Then there the fee! - If you only have traditional estate agents in your area that will charge a percentage fee of the sale price then negotiate hard. There are new agents in the market charging a flat fee as low as £999, these offer greater value for money (if you choose this option then make sure its on a no sale - no fee basis). And finally, be wary of agents wanting to tie you into a lengthy contract (you should want to stay with an agent because there doing a good job and not because you have to).

    Answered on Jun 18 2010, Report content
  • The best advice is as above - I would include independents as well as corporate agencies to give you a valuation - each will have their own perspective on your local market.

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    Answered on Jun 18 2010, Report content
  • Having recently sold a house where we had 2 offers from local buyers that both saw it in the newspaper I would advise ensuring your estate agent does everything, you never know where your buyer is going to look. Find out what the estate agents offer and check the small print so you can compare. Use the one you like, trust and want to work with.

    Answered on Jun 24 2010, Report content
  • If you have not yet decided it is also a good idea to ask what properties in your area the agent you like has sold recently and pop round and ask the seller what they think. All agents will paint the rosiest picture of their service but the actual sellers are the ones who will tell you. Always choose agents that are part of The Property Ombudsman so you have redress if things go wrong.

    Answered on Jul 30 2010, Report content
  • You seem to have already received the advice required. We find buyers from a various range of places though, so don't worry too much about it being advertised on just 2 property portals. Some buyers are those already on EA's databases that have given their details and are awaiting a suitable property to become available. Many buyers will walk in to all the high street EA's to see what they have and some will drive around the area they are looking at over weekend to see what properties have sale signs on. Cheaper is not always the best option. I would suggest the best option be a blend of everything. Do some research on previous sales local to you and on properties similar to your own. This will help to make sure you do not offer your property at a price too high that will not sell. An EA local to you will have lots of experience in the local market which can be vital when answering important questions raised by potential buyers. It is quite easy to advertise a property on-line, in the paper or anyway else which will get people through your door, but then you need somebody that can sell the house, local area and the ideals that a buyer wants.

    Answered on Mar 4 2011, Report content
  • Select about 6 estate agents in the relevant area, and ask them to come and give you a valuation. Make sure you interview them thoroughly asking a lot of questions and make some notes after each one. This way, you will get an idea of how they would deal with things for you, and you will be able to select the one or ones who you feel would act in a professional manner and do a good job for you. In my experience there are vast differences, and it is very wise indeed to do a lot of research yourself so that you are generally in the know about the area, and compare your property to similar ones. It is so much easier to do this nowadays on internet sites, and you can find out lots of useful information.

    Answered on Sep 4 2012, Report content

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