How to choose an estate agent
If you're thinking of selling your property, here are 3 reasons why choosing an estate agent who
advertises on Rightmove really matters.
- Buyers spend longer looking for property on Rightmove than anywhere else...
- Which means agents who advertise on Rightmove receive more enquiries and carry out more viewings...
- And that means a Rightmove agent will give you the best chance of a quickest sale at the best price.
Why instruct an agent at all?
Put simply, selling a property is complicated and time-consuming. A good estate agent is there to act
on your behalf throughout the selling process. It is the estate agent's local knowledge that allows
them to help advise you on presenting, pricing and promoting your property correctly, as well as
negotiating on your behalf and helping you through the tricky exchange and completion stages of the
deal. It is also worth remembering that the only way to list your property on Rightmove is by using
an estate agent!
More specifically, an estate agent can:
- Appraise your property and advise you on the asking price to market it at.
- Advise you on local market conditions and how your property compares with other similar properties already on the market - these properties are your competition!
- Advertise your property to a wide audience of potential buyers, including using some methods that are only available to estate agents - like Rightmove!
- Help you present your property so that it looks its best on a desktop and any mobile device using high quality photographs, detailed floor plans, creative property descriptions, brochures and even virtual tours.
- Help get your property seen first by home hunters through Rightmove property alerts - getting your listing sent direct to the inbox of potential buyers looking for property in your location matching your description.
- Promote your property to their database of registered potential buyers
- Keep you updated through the process by providing you with regular, personalised performance reports
Questions to ask your estate agent
Ultimately, you should choose the estate agent that you feel most comfortable dealing with and the one
that you feel will look after your interests as a seller. However, here are some suggestions of things
to ask an estate agent about:
- Ask how and where the estate agent will advertise your property - and make sure that your property will be advertised on Rightmove!
- Ask how your property compares with other similar properties currently on the market in terms of price and presentation.
- Ask to see examples of their success in selling properties like yours. You can then see how they have priced, promoted and presented other similar properties.
- You'll obviously be interested in the agent's fees for selling your property, but also ask about the length of any exclusivity period (i.e. a period of time during which you cannot market your property with another estate agent) and ensure you are clear on how to serve notice should you wish to.
- Ask about how often you can expect feedback from the estate agent whilst your property is on the market. A good agent should help you feel informed and in control throughout the process.
Rightmove member estate agents
There are more than 12,500 estate agents on Rightmove advertising more than 800,000 properties for sale.
The only way to advertise your property for sale on Rightmove and ensure you are seen by the UKs
largest home moving audience is by using an estate agent.
If you have a property to let, find out why you should choose a Rightmove lettings agent here.
Useful websites about estate agents
There are a number of professionally recognised bodies for estate agents in the UK. Here are some which you may find useful if you want to know more about best practice in the estate agency industry:
- The majority of estate agents are members of The Property Ombudsman (TPO), an independent body set up to protect consumers. As of August 1st 2007, all residential estate agents in England and Wales who are marketing homes which require Home Information Packs are required by law to be registered with TPO for certain aspects of their business.
- The National Association of Estate Agents is a large professional body for estate agents.
- Many estate agents are also members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
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