Advice on estate agents needed please!

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Coriandersucks Mon 10-Aug-20 14:27:51

I’ve never sold a house before so need a bit of guidance about what to look for in estate agents etc

I’ve spoken to a broker as we are hoping to get somewhere bigger so working out exactly what we can afford, so he has asked me to get some agents in to get a valuation done.

How many agents would you recommend? 2-3? And I understand they will want a percentage of the value of the property is that right? What would be considered reasonable?

We wouldn’t be buying through them as relocating to a different county.

Is there anything else I need to be thinking of?

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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Bells3032 Mon 10-Aug-20 14:34:14

Get at least three quotes of cost. Have a look at which houses have sold recently and see whose most popular. Don't just go on cost - having a forward and pushy agent is very important in getting a sale done. They are also more likely to "match make" you with a buyer.

You can usually negotiate down the price with them as well if you like them but costs are too high (average is about 1-1.5% of sale price)

keats334 Mon 10-Aug-20 15:11:33

We're going through this at the moment. We spoke to three local agents, two of them quoted 1% commission and the third quoted 1.25%

We asked them things like:
- What is included in the fee? (one didn't include the EPC and floorplan and two did)
- What similar properties have you sold recently?
- How quickly would you expect it to sell?
- How would you market it?
- Do you have a list of potentially interested buyers?
- How quickly could it be up for sale?
- Is there anything we can do to help it sell?
- How long would we be tied in for?

We found the "how to" guides on moneysavingexpert quite useful as well

MrsIronfoundersson Mon 10-Aug-20 15:24:22

Also look up 'The Advisory' as well, lots of info on there.

LividLaughLovely Mon 10-Aug-20 16:58:27

I had no idea but asked on my local mum’s fb page and 13 of the 15 replies were for one particular company I hadn’t even thought of.

They’ve been amazing so far, and we had an over asking price offer half an hour after first viewing.

I’d ask for recommendations.

Coriandersucks Mon 10-Aug-20 19:19:28

Some great tips thank you! Would never have thought of checking what they included I assumed they all would be the same.

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