I'm a regular but using alias for obvious reasons.
Just had an estate agent round to value the house/ put on market. We want £170k. I feel this is more than reasonable as similar properties going for £175k ish.
We were trying to do a part ex on a new build but they wanted us to sell for £155k and we just can't.
This EA use a "price range" so will put it on for £160k - £180k. This seems both daft and dishonest. If I was buying I would pitch my offer at the lower end of this range, and I've told him I'm not accepting £160k end of.
He'd been here 1.5 hours before he mentioned the fees, almost in passing. A flat £4420, plus VAT After some argument he has agreed to knock off the VAT but we are still reeling. Is this normal or are we being well and truly fleeced?
Wow, I haven't sold since four years ago, but I'm pretty sure the fee was about 1.25% of selling price! I know it was about the same as the stamp duty! Scoundrel! Get someone else in for a quote I say! Hopefully a more recent seller will be along soon.
You are being fleeced. That's almost 2.5% if you do achieve 180,000 pounds and obviously a higher percentage if you sell for less. That is VERY high, particularly at the moment when estate agents are struggling for business. If it was me, I would show him the door and use another agent - there must be others? Why did you particularly choose this one? I don't know why houses are sometimes advertised with a price range but if there is a good reason the EA should be able to explain it convincingly to you - or at least explain why someone will not just offer at the bottom of the range and not budge. Charging a fixed fee also means that the EA has no incentive to encourage buyers to raise their offer and you will probably be put under considerable pressure by them to accept a low offer. Are we allowed to know which agent this is?!
Thanks hop and annh. Yes I was expecting about 1.5% but at 170k this is 3%.
We only chose this Estate Agent because it was one of the companies called in by the new build company to do a valuation and the guy that came (not the same one) said to DH that if he wasn't happy with what the builders came up with to call him.
We had asked others before today how much they charge but none will commit before coming round.
Reading the paperwork it says we have a 7 day cooling off period, so all is not lost (and we haven't paid for the HIP yet).
Anyone know what a reasonable price is these days?
IMO the newspaper is a waste of time as it never tells you exactly where the house is and is a good few days behind the websites. I think pretty much every estate agent puts everything on their own website and onto rightmove and that's where most property searching is done.
We paid £215 for the HIP too, EA was also quoting £400. Also if you get it done through an EA sometimes they're only vslid for selling with that agent so if you didn't sell and wanted to change agents you'd have to do it again.
That's mental. If you sell for £160k fee = 2.76%. We have just sold for £140k (note: we put it on at £160k and estate agent said we would definitely not get less than £150k ) - originally we had signed up for 1.5% + VAT but negotiated that down to 1% + VAT after our 12 week contract came to an end. That's £1650 in case you haven't got a calculator handy - I can't believe how much your agent is trying to rip you off!
we too had a set price quoted and managed to negotiate down to a lower fixed price which worked out at 1.25%. We also said they could have sole agency for only 8 weeks not the 12/16 they wanted. Ended up selling it at almost asking price within 1 week. 2 buyers both wanted it so went to best and final offers. We had contacted another set of estate agents to get a better idea of selling costs but plumped for the agent who had the most coverage/knowledge in our area