The selling and buying of property is often a difficult and length process. It is hence understandable that so many people choose to utilise the services of an estate agent instead of going it alone in the property world. However, choosing the right estate agent is not always easy, get the choice wrong and if selling, your property could be under-sold, get the choice right and you could find that perfect property and receive a healthy price for your own home. The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with a few tips and hints that should help to find effective agents.
When looking for an estate agent the importance of reputation should not be underestimated. One of the best ways to find a good agent is to rely upon word of mouth recommendations. If you have friends and family who have recently sold their home in a particular area and utilised an effective agent, it can be advisable to use this operator. Equally, it is important for your agent to have an adequate local knowledge; with this knowledge they should have a decent grasp of the local property market and also the area’s amenities.
As well as finding agents with a highly thought of local reputation it is vital to ensure that they are part of one of the national bodies associated with the industry. This could be the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) or the OEA, the Ombudsman for Estate Agents. If your agency is a member of one of these bodies you have some form assurance that they are not an untrustworthy operator. Additionally, members of these groups strive to abide by certain guidelines in the selling and buying of properly.
Even with the resource of local reputation and membership of an official body, it is important to compare the fees for each agent on the market. Fees can differ wildly saving or losing you money when you sell your home. It should be understood that the cheapest price is not always the best option. Smaller fees can mean a poorer service, understandably in some instances it can be worth paying more. In addition it is worth receiving valuations from a variety of agents, once again valuation figures can differ immensely so by receiving a variety and comparing these to online valuation figures it should be possible to find a happy medium between a great price and effective service.
The final piece of advice is to ask an agent about their recent sales and successes and how their work was instrumental in the success. By doing this it is possible to assess their technique, character and ability to sell properties.
Hopefully this article has provided some good advice for those trying to find estate agents. With a dedicated approach to research it should be possible to find an agent with good local knowledge, an affable character and an effective sales technique.