How to choose the right Estate Agent for you
How to choose the right Estate Agent for you – A smooth, speedy sale and getting the best price will no doubt be your top priorities when selling your home but how can you ensure the estate agent you choose will achieve this?
All high street estate agents have the same toolbox at their disposal but it’s the application of the tools that differentiates them. Its pro-active sales activity, mixed with a passion for the area and knowledge of the house they’re selling that will take an agent to the next level. Here are our top tips to help you choose the right agent to sell your home:
Research agents in your area
You want to work with an agent who is experienced at selling houses like yours and has great local area knowledge. Search websites for local houses on Rightmove, Zoopla and On the Market. Look for estate agents boards outside houses and ask for recommendations from friends and people who have recently gone through the process.
Conduct online research about the agents to get a good idea of how they generate business, especially the style of photography and marketing they do. Are they involved in the local community? Recommendations on local Facebook and social media groups can be useful and also search for Google reviews from previous clients.
Interview at least three agents
Once you’ve narrowed down your agents, interview them either in person or over the phone. This will help you get a feel for how proactive, experienced and enthusiastic they are. Make sure you confirm the agent you’re interviewing will be responsible for selling your home and not delegating it to a colleague – the rapport you build in the initial stages will be crucial as the sale progresses.
Get multiple valuations
Opinions on the value of a property can vary widely but it’s not necessarily wise to go for the highest figure. A house that’s over-priced will be on the market for much longer and you may be required to drop the price to generate interest. Similarly, a low valuation might mean you sell your home quickly but miss out on a better price. Local market knowledge is crucial in pitching the price just right.
If you are willing to take photographs, arrange viewings and keep on top of the administration associated with listing your property, online agents could be an option for you. With a fixed fee rather than a commission based approach it could be cheaper than using a traditional estate agent but you will miss out on their local knowledge and negotiating skills.
Once you’ve done your research, trust your instincts. People do business with people they trust so if you would buy a house from them you’ve made a good choice.