A Guide to High Street Estate Agents

Top Tips on Choosing an Estate Agent

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Finding a high street estate agent

Choosing the right agent
first time is vital – it can make the difference between getting the price you want or not selling your house at all.

99% of agents will use exactly the same process to
advertise your home. They will put it on the internet on a combination of several “Property Portals” such as Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation, Mouseprice,

Rightmove is by far the largest, make sure your agent advertises here

So what
other factors should you consider?

Estate agents’ charges.

Agents will normally charge you between 1% and 2.5% (+VAT) of the
eventual selling price, for a sole agency agreement.

So, for a £300,000 home, you will be paying between £3600 and £9,000!

How efficient are estate agents?

How quickly do they sell your home, how close do they come to achieving your asking price, what is their market share in your area? Everything else they do is secondary to these questions.

Forget the vague opinions of relatives, our excellent free and fast tool will list these facts instantly. EstateAgent4Me

Other considerations when deciding between single and multiple agents

If your home is
large and expensive make sure the agent has experience of selling property like yours – check there are properties similar to yours in their window.

Will they only arrange viewings when you are in and expect you to show buyers around? You are paying them to sell your home, every viewing should be accompanied by the agent.

Are they open all weekend? That’s the only time purchasers with jobs will be able to view your property.

Do you get on with them and trust them? (This shouldn’t be relevant of course) but we are human so.....

Do you want a lovely man who is incompetent.


A bloke who makes you want to count your fingers after you have shaken hands with him but who sells your home on time and on price!

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