High Street Agents vs. Online Estate Agents: Take a Look

When selling a house, having access to the most knowledgeable estate agents can help you get your property off the market sooner and fetch a higher price. Is an online service the way to go? We think so! But in the interest of full disclosure and transparency, let’s take a look at some of the differences involved.

·         Upfront payment. While high street agents earn a commission based on the selling price, many online agents charge an upfront fee. Keep in mind that this is substantially less (our rates, for example, can save you over £5000).

·         Local knowledge. Online services that operate regional may not have the neighbourhood-level knowledge that can be important in selling a property expeditiously. In this case, a local high street agent may seem like the better choice. However, it is possible to choose an online service that operates in your area. They’ll have their finger on the pulse of the market. Our agents are well acquainted with estate trends in general and your locale in particular.

·         Asking price. It is often thought that because online estate agents do not work on commission, they do not have much incentive to work for a higher asking price. That might be true for some agencies. Others, though, realise that their clients deserve the best service – and their reputation depends on delivering it.

·         Showings. Most online estate agencies do not do showings. Rather, that is the responsibility of the owner. In most cases, hosting your own showing is beneficial because you can answer the questions of potential buyers quickly, while showing them the highlights of your property. Now, if you are overly attached to your house, you may not be able to host an objective showing. In that case, choose an online estate agency that will perform this service for you upon request.

The key when you get ready to sell your home is to make the choice that’s right for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us so we can tell you more!

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