How To Research and Choose The Best Estate Agent

Selling your home can be exciting, and nerve-racking. You may need a bigger home, be downsizing or moving town. So you want a quick sale to ensure you don’t miss out on your new property. You also want to get the best price. Here are some practical tips on researching and choosing the best estate agent.

How To Research and Choose The Best Estate Agent

Ask around for recommendations

If family, friends or work colleagues have moved recently, ask which estate agent they used and if they would recommend them. Start making a note of the ones recommended to you. You can also ask on social media, such as Facebook, or on online forums. See which ones come out on top on online searches or which ones have the best advertisements in the local media. This will give you an idea of how good their marketing is. When you walk around the neighborhood, see whose For Sale signs are the most prominent.

Do they sell similar properties?

Make sure the agency has experience in selling properties similar to yours – This should also mean they have a list of potential buyers too. You can take a look at their window or online portal to see what type of properties they are selling.

How To Research and Choose The Best Estate Agent

Make up a shortlist

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Go undercover

Pose as a potential buyer to see what sort of service you get from your top choices. You can either phone them or pop into the office to see how helpful they are, what sort of properties they show you – is it exactly what you’re looking for? People buy from people so whether you feel comfortable with a particular agent is important.

Questions to ask

Find out how much they charge and what you get for your money. Will they carry out viewings or do you have to? Where will they be marketing your property? What will marketing material be available, such as photos, videos, floor plans? How many potential buyers do they already have on their books to let them know about your property? Do they market online as well as offline?