How can you choose the perfect estate agent?

Wed 11 Feb 2015

Using the services of a proven professional to sell your property is the best way to ensure that you can attract the best buyers at the best price.

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as choosing the first company that comes to mind, as the quality and type of service offered by agents across the market varies greatly. Therefore, it pays to do your homework in order to identify and instruct the most effective agent.

We have compiled our top five tips that we hope will help you to find a great estate agent and sell your property quickly and for the best possible price.

1) Consider several agents

In order to identify the best, you should compare them with others. By speaking with two or three agents, and potentially inviting them to view your property, you can gain a better understanding of exactly what they offer and how much you could sell your home for.

2) Find out how good they are

You can turn to friends and family to ask for their opinions on various agents and there are now many review sites where others have rated the companies they have used. Choosing an agent based in your local area is also a good idea as they are more likely to have strong knowledge of the local market.

Look at the record of your agent when it comes to selling properties nearby in recent times, as well as the amount of experience they have in property.

3) How will they market your property?

This is one of the most important questions of all. You must find out exactly how an agent plans to market your property and bring it to the attention of buyers. The majority of property searches start online, so it is crucial they have the ability to utilise major portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla, while print and other online advertising can also help.

At Leaders, we promote every property we sell via both Rightmove and Zoopla, as well as on our hugely successful website and in addition we use social media to target exactly the type of buyers that your property will suit.

4) What extra value can they add?

There are certain services you will expect from all estate agents when selling a property, so one way the best can stand out is by offering additional benefits. For instance, Leaders can arrange Premium Listings and Featured Property adverts on Rightmove, as well as ensure your property is brought to the attention of our vast database of prospective buyers who may not be actively searching via other channels.

5) Do you get on with them?

The agent you appoint will oversee what is likely to be one of the most valuable and emotional transactions of your life. It is therefore important to instruct somebody you not only have confidence in, but also feel you can enjoy a strong relationship with.

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