We are planning to put MILs house on the market. As I understand it, no estate agent will be interested until we have been granted probate. However, spring seems like a good time to sell it and to get things moving, I don't think there is anything to stop us trying to find a buyer whilst applying for probate.
We would use a solicitor to actually handle the purchase, but would appreciate any advice from anyone who has 'gone it alone'.
We tried to sell our 1st flat years ago without an agent and tbh got a bit fed up of people making appointments to view and not turning up; it wasted a lot of our time and we both worked full time then. Plus don't underestimate the cost of advertising; yes you can put it on the web but you need a search engine to pick it up for that to work.
On a more positive note, we did sell our last house to friends, so that worked REALLY well without an agent. Worth asking around to see if any of your friends/acquaintances are planning a move...?
yes that's a good idea; everyone would love to do without an agent but you do need some kind of focussed advertising or a lucky break (yes the friends who bought off us are still friends !) to make it work. Good luck !.
When we sold our first flat we never used an agent.It was ovr 10 years ago and we never had a pc either.We simply placed an ad in our local group of newspapers which cost us around £25 for the week and the flat was sold within 2 weeks.I'd say it s definately worth a try.You do get some people messing you around and not turning up,but people do that even if they've arranged a viewing through an agent.You have absolutely nothing to lose-best of luck.