How to find the best estate agent in York
As an award winning estate agent in York, we appreciate that the process in finding the best estate agency to sell your property can be complicated but this article will give you some tips on what to look for and what to ask.
Redmove is a fast expanding company and we are fortunate enough to have lots of testimonials from happy clients though we also know that many people use estate agents simply because the name may look familiar or someone else may have used their services previously.
Word-of-mouth and recommendations from neighbours, friends and family can be a crucial element to choosing a good estate agent in York.
The first issue to highlight is not to focus on the estate agent fees. While it may sound appealing to go with a company who charges the lowest fees, this is only one consideration.
Redmove – best estate agent in York!
The most important aspect of finding the best estate agent in York to sell your property is to find someone that you are not just confident will sell your home but can also deal with all aspects of the transaction in a professional and efficient manner.
This is an important point to remember because all vendors should thoroughly research their local estate agents and opt for those who have experience in selling similar properties.
One reason for this is that they will probably have a pool of potential homebuyers who know what they are looking for from their property purchase.
When it comes to selling your home, whether it’s in York or in another town or city, take time to walk or drive around the area to see which estate agents are busy and how they market their properties to potential buyers.
When you have narrowed down your list of potential estate agents, visit the offices to get a feel of how they will market your property to potential buyers.
How to find an estate agent – imagine you are a buyer
Perhaps the best way of seeing how this process will work is to imagine that you yourself are a buyer and you are interested in a particular property and then see how the staff engage with you and how helpful they are.
When selling a property, you should shortlist three estate agents, which should give a nice range of opinions on your home and, probably, similar valuations.
While you are trying to get the best selling price possible, you should think carefully about not going with the agent offering the highest price because they may be simply overvaluing your home in a bid to get your business.
Before signing on the dotted line with an estate agent, there are some crucial questions that need to be answered.
As part of your research you’ve already looked into how the estate agent markets their properties but it’s always good to find out in a face-to-face interview what they will do for you.
Crucial questions to ask your estate agent
The next stage is to find out who will conduct any viewings; will it be the estate agent or will you have to show potential purchasers around your property?
Good estate agents will also prepare extensive marketing materials such as photographs, virtual online tours and floor plans. Will your estate agent do this?
The next question to resolve is how and where will they advertise your property for sale? Many will advertise in local newspapers but this is not always the most successful strategy to use as buyers increasingly use online property websites to find out more about the properties which are on sale.
The last question, and it’s not quite as daft as it sounds, is will they provide a ‘for sale’ board. Not every estate agency does this, including some online estate agents, so it’s best to clarify this issue early on.
As mentioned earlier, online property portals advertising homes for sale are becoming increasingly popular such as Rightmove and Zoopla though there’s a new portal called ‘Onthemarket.com’ which has proved to be extremely popular with estate agents and buyers alike.
How much will an estate agent cost?
Estate agents generally charge between 1% and 2% of the selling price though this can rise to 2.5% if there’s more than one estate agency offering the property for sale. It’s also a good idea to check whether their fees are with or without VAT.
Some estate agents will offer their services at a fixed price but they will be doing less for their fee. This price is usually payable upfront and is non-refundable should the property not sell.
Quick questions to ask your potential estate agent:
- Have you sold similar properties? How much did they sell for?
- How many views on average do they take to sell property?
- Have you got buyers currently looking for properties like mine?
- What do you think the asking price should be? And do you think that’s a realistic price?
- Finally, this is probably the most important piece of advice – ask whether they are members of any professional organisations.
Here at Redmove we have ambitious plans for growth which are underpinned by our excellent levels of customer service which sees our clients returning to use us when they need to buy or sell a property again. We also have a high level of recommendations.
We also believe in honesty and transparency as being crucial for estate agents to succeed and we abide by the codes of conduct from various professional organisations.
Like many potential home sellers, we would be wary about any estate agent who was trying to tie us into a six months’ contract which is why our terms are to give notice of just one week. We believe we can sell a property quickly so we don’t need a long contract.
Does your estate agent have any five star reviews?
Would also recommend that people check out whether the estate agent has any five-star reviews (we have lots of them on Google!) and whether the property will get its own micro-website.
The way in which estate agents sell properties is changing and it’s moving away from traditional outlets such as local newspapers and moving into social media and online outlets instead.
For this reason we find that micro websites are a great way to promote a property and we’ve also put together a video that will explain more about this purpose.
And let’s not forget that we also provide a scripted video tour for every property we either sell or let.
Essentially, when it comes to finding a dedicated and experienced estate agent in York who will strive to deliver the best level of customer service, then Redmove is the firm you should trust.
Contact one of our experienced sales team now on 01904 488444 to find out more about what we can do to help you sell your home in York.