How to avoid terrible estate agents
As occupations go, estate agents don’t have a great reputation. This may be unfair to those who do their jobs properly – and they do exist. However, many vendors and buyers have found that there’s no smoke without fire… so if you’re selling your home, you should always take careful steps to avoid wasting time and money.
First, take a look at properties already being sold by agents you’re considering – both on websites like Rightmove and in the agent’s office (if they have one). If the descriptions are poorly written and the pictures look as though they were taken by your drunken auntie at a wedding, you’d probably see the same outcome when you marketed your own home.
However, if you find an agent whose visual marketing skills impress you, it’s time to make sure they’re reliable. If they’re a member of the National Association of Estate Agents, they have to follow a code of conduct and do professional development training every year, in order to remain a member. You should also check that your proposed agent is supervised by the property ombudsman, who penalise agents for breaking their code of conduct.
Some people choose to bypass the costs and hassle of traditional estate agents altogether, either by opting to use cheaper online estate agents like Purplebricks, HouseSimple and Emoov – or completely free sites like Tepilo. If your house is in great condition, this may be the best route for you, as online agents are used increasingly by UK property buyers.
Alternatively, if you’re concerned about your property’s ability to attract buyers, or you’ve been trying to sell for a while without success, you might prefer to try a property auction or a professional house-buying service. The latter will make you a cash offer, allowing you to sell your house quickly without having to deal with estate agents, viewings or multiple potential buyers. For many people this is the least stressful solution.
If you need a quick house sale and don’t want to use an estate agent or an online estate agent, ask National Homebuyers for advice, as we buy any home. Call 08000 443 911 or request a call back to find out how much you could get for your property.
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