Finding The Best Local Estate Agent...

October 16th 2013
By: Melanie
Finding The Best Local Estate Agent...

When choosing an estate agent it is really important to make sure that you find a local agent, as they will have the best knowledge of your local area. An ideal agent will have experience in selling properties like yours, they will also have a comprehensive list of potential buyers.

To find out more about the best agents in your area, take a look through your local newspapers, you will then be able to see what type of properties each agent is selling and whether they have experience in selling homes like yours. Driving or walking around your local area will also give you a good idea of the main agents in your property's location.

Another good way to find a good local agent is to ask family and friends for recommendations, check out reviews on review sites, look through their property websites and social media pages, this should give you a really good indication of whether they are a truly local agent.

Once you have managed to find a local agent pop into their offices, you will be able to get a real feel of whether you could work with them what type of homes they are used to selling, and the price band.

Try to find three good estate agents this will give you a broader view on your property, a real local agent will be able to give you an accurate property price based on the size and postioning of your home. The selling price of your home will probably be the most important aspect to you, but don't naturally go with the most expensive valuation, as getting the price right when entering the market place will be key to selling your property. If your house is overvalued buyers will soon realise and not visit, then you will need to reduce the price which in a buyers minds might devalue your home, as it will give the impression that it is not very popular as it has been on the market for a while. If you would like an idea of how much your home is worth then please follow this link

Check out your agents credentials - Is the agent a member of either the Property Ombudsman (formerly known as the Ombudsman for Estate Agents) or Ombudsman Service: Property? Every estate agent must belong to one of these Office of Fair trading-approved redress schemes. You can take a look on the schemes websites to see whether an agent is a member.

Check out what services you are getting from your agent and whether they are included in their fees, such as:

• Will the agent conduct all the viewings?

• What type of marketing materials are included, such as photographs, floor plans and so forth?

• Do they provide a 'For Sale' board?

• What type of advertising do they do?

If you are looking at selling your property and would like some more information about how Intercounty can help you to sell your home, then why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty for a chat and a coffee.