You could achieve a higher sales amount
Ever heard the saying you get what you pay for? Well, when it comes to estate agents, the same principle applies. In fact, plumping for the cheapest upfront option might be a false economy because it may cost you money in the long run.
Why? Nothing beats an established local agent with the right tools and unrivalled street-by-street knowledge of an area. We don’t just sit back and let the sale take care of itself because we’ve already been paid, as is sometimes the case with DIY or very low-cost agents – we use our expertise to achieve the highest possible sales amount for your property.
We also have an up-to-date database of local buyers from our six local officewho are looking for specifics such as proximity to certain schools, transport links and leisure facilities. When a well-matched property is on our books, we’ll proactively approach people who we think would be interested in viewing it. It’s having access to this sort of local data that can make all the difference when it comes to selling a property for the right price.
A local agent will handle viewings and negotiations
Viewings are one of the most crucial aspects of selling a property and while some people are comfortable in showing would-be buyers around their home, others have neither the time nor the inclination. True, some online estate agents do offer accompanied viewings but you’ll typically have to pay extra for the privilege.
Check that your online agent is prepared to negotiate on your behalf: many don’t and will leave it up to you. You’ll have to decide if you’re absolutely comfortable in squeezing your buyer for the asking price you want or handling any last-minute paperwork problems.
Access to local contacts
Choosing to market your property through a local estate agent opens up a network of trusted community contacts – from builders and tradespeople to conveyancers and independent mortgage advisers, all of whom will be happy to meet you face-to-face. It also means you won’t have to hand over one of the most important decisions of your life to someone on the other side of a computer.
‘Low-cost’ services may include hidden extras
Upfront fees may seem tempting at first glance but check very carefully to see if there aren’t any hidden extras, all of which can soon mount up. We’ve heard of some agents charging extra for photography, ‘for sale’ boards and, as mentioned previously, viewings.
Physical presence combined with online presence is an unbeatable combination
It’s said that not having a physical shop front and operating purely online is the future of estate agency. With years of experience in selling homes in South Bucks, we know that having an accessible office that’s bright, welcoming and modern attracts footfall. We’re happy to be a focal point in our local community and having a physical location where people can drop by, chat to the team and find out what’s new on our books is incredibly important.
That doesn’t mean that we neglect our online presence, however. We advertise on Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation. The difference is that, unlike a purely online estate agent, we don’t solely rely on these property portals to achieve sales. We like to think we offer the best of all worlds.