There are various reasons why people put their property up for sale. The most common reason is to move up the housing ladder to a larger home to cater for a growing family or improved financial position, or to down size after the kids have left and vice versa.
Whatever the reason for wanting to sell, it is true that in times when property prices are not so buoyant, one of the prime motivators is either to realise equity and downsize, or just get away from a financial situation which has become untenable. Only the seller truly knows the personal reason why they want to move, but the question is how do I choose the perfect agent for me?
When going through the various media platforms you find a host of estate agents, each vying for your business. But which one should you choose? How do you know which one is best suited to sell your home and how do you know you can trust them? Below are some pointers one should consider when choosing the right agent for them:
Many sellers usually think the agent’s commission is exorbitant as they feel their work may not justify the commission charged. What they do not know however is that there is much more to selling a property than merely taking a photograph, placing an advertisement in the paper and erecting a 'For Sale' board on the street.
The reality is that the physical process of selling a property is relatively easy if the agent has sufficient buyers on their register. The real work of the true, professional estate agent begins when a sale has been agreed: keeping all parties informed, progress chasing and managing often tenuous chains. That is when the agent earns their crust - where one can distinguish between a quality agent and someone who is merely good at matching buyers to properties, which is a completely different prospect altogether. Food for thought!