I just sold an investment property without putting it on the market. It was tenanted so a bit difficult to sell. A local agent was aware it was for sale and mentioned it to interested and qualified buyers. The tenant kindly agreed to a smallish number of viewings. In total there were about 8 over perhaps 4 months. Exchange could not take place till the end of his fixed term tenancy anyway.
Worked out fine. I might have got more had it been on the open market but then I gained from not having it empty.
Thank you for your replies. Good to hear that you sold yours need more sleep! It gives me hope! I live in a very busy town and don't want people to know we are selling so couldn't use a postcard but good idea. I have never heard of a confidential sales service? Can you explain more please?
I think agents sometimes do a thing where they only give your house details yo buyers who specifically ask about that type of property. We were sent details by one agent for a house that was not and still is not on the market officially but they want to sell. They knew our budget and requirements and that our own house was already under offer. We didn't view it as it was too small and hugely overpriced, but it is a thing they will do if you want.
The local agents here will market the property in the usual way (rightmove etc) but use a ‘confidential stock photo’ so potential buyers know the price bracket but can only access the information once they have been fully qualified by the agents. I have had divorcing friends use it to avoid effectively announcing private business to a smallish community. You can exclude any buyers who haven’t sold/house not on the market etc so if you are worried about anyone nosing you can reduce the chances. Hope that helps, good luck with your sale.
I also managed to negotiate quite a low fee as it suited the agent to be able to tell people that my property might be on the market, without him having to incur any costs. But I was not in a hurry, did not need to sell and it was a pretty generic two bed flat in a nice location. A good buy.