The purchasing, renting and selling of properties can be a difficult process at the best of times, but the need for a top-quality estate agent is more important than ever in 2017.
The uncertainty surrounding licensing schemes and an influx of external interventions in the private property sector could leave inexperienced clients confused – so it’s crucial that you select an estate agent who is an expert in the field.
We thought we’d give you a heads-up guide as to what to look out for when dealing with an agent so you can rest easy that you’re being dealt with in the right hands!
5) They’re good communicators
market is time-sensitive, and it’s imperative that your agent keeps you up to
date with your current situation so you can move on quickly to another property
or potential buyer. What could be translated as insignificant information to an
experienced agent could be hugely important to clients who are new to the
4) They’re adaptable
Whether you prefer to exchange updates with your agent via email, text message or daily phone calls, they should have no qualms in adapting to what YOU prefer. It’s the agent’s responsibility to suss out your preferred method of communication so that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
3) They prioritise your needs
“Estate agency is a service business and customers want optimum customer care more than anything else,” says founder of bu2iness.com, Charlie Wright. It may sound obvious, but the best agents always return every enquiry or phone call as soon as they can so there are no grey areas surrounding the progression of a deal.
2) They’ll recognise your selling motivation
If you’re selling one of your several investment properties, you will have very different needs and sentimental values to a client who’s selling their long-term family home - and it’s up to your agent to recognise this and adapt accordingly.
1) They’ll work to your time frame
If you’re in a rush to settle, your agent should be intensifying their search for a new home for you, and therefore working to a tighter time frame. Alternatively, if you aren’t in any real particular rush to buy or sell, your agent may advise you to wait for a better market so you can secure a better deal!