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  • 19 Jun 2018

    How To Choose The Right Estate Agent

    Securing the best deal to sell a property doesn't have to be a shot in the dark. Choosing the right estate agent can contribute to success if you know what to look for. There are a number of factors that will influence you when selecting your estate agent, it is vital that you read between the lines when interpreting data. For example, if agents take a long time in selling properties, does it mean that they want to ensure it goes to the right buyer or are they just slow to find one? If they secured more than the asking price, does it mean that they have undervalued the property or are expert negotiators?

    We have compiled some points you need to consider to help you choose the right estate agent.

    1.  Do your research first.
    It helps to know the valuation of your property in the market. Get its estimated value by requesting a free estimation and quote from Kayabee's list of trusted estate agents. Our platform provides you with options whilst allowing you to save a considerable amount of time and money, without leaving the comfort of your home.

    2.  Choose a shortlist of estate agents
    Compare local estate agents based on their data: their success rate, the time they spend on the negotiating process and the margin in achieving the asking price. Ensure that the estate agent has a history of selling properties similar to yours. You can also research how they are presenting their properties in online sites like Zoopla and Rightmove. Are they posting clear pictures that highlight the attractive points of your property? Are they providing accurate descriptions and are not misleading potential buyers which could cause problems in the long run? You might want to look past Google since a quick search will leave out independent smaller estate agents who may present a better bespoke deal than agents who are working for bigger companies. Kayabee can help you narrow down the search by providing a generic comparison of estate agents by postcode.

    3. Test their knowledge of the area.
    An agents job is not just to sell your property, but also to promote the lifestyle, environment and amenities your location has to offer. This knowledge can't be seen through data so you need to communicate with your estate agent to know their level of understanding of your area. Inquire about similar properties they have handled in the area, the questions raised by buyers and the issues they have dealt with. Ask them to prove their knowledge, general perception of the area, amenities and travel links.

    4. Be cautious with the valuations they give
    High valuations and lower fees are definitely appealing. Hearing that your property is worth more than you imagined can be music to your ears but there's more to it than placing a high price tag on your property. Sure, it is better to get within your budget but discounting those who have higher fees may cause you to miss out on expert agents who can secure a higher offer. This is why it is advisable to correctly value your home. Estate agents will show you details on properties sold to support their valuations. It is important that you and your agent agree on the valuation.

    Get a more personalised quote and contact Kayabee today. If you wish to speak with one of our advisors please get in contact with us at +44 203 291 1907 or complete one of our forms so one of our friendly team can get in touch with you.