With stock low and demand high, in certain housing markets across the UK it's most definitely a sellers market for certain types of property. One of the crucial factors for generating the best level of interest and ultimately securing the best possible offer is your choice of local estate agent.
After all, if you're prepared to pay some one in the region of 1.5 per cent of your biggest asset, (and want to minimise stress) you need to make an informed choice.
With over 18,000 agents listing property on Zoopla.co.uk, albeit not in one area, there is clearly a great deal of choice. Estate agency is a highly competitive environment with fees being one of the major factors used to secure an instruction.
However no matter who you go with or what fee model best suits you; there are some key skills you should make sure your agent demonstrates.
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How will they market your property – Zoopla research show that 92 per cent of buyers start their property search online. So you need to be sure you're agent has a great online presence and lists with the major property portals like Zoopla.co.uk and Primelocation.com.
Negotiation skills – home owners are not negotiators, the agents are – leave it to the professionals. A good one can help you secure the best offer.
The sales process – the liaison between owner, buyer, solicitor and IFA, is not a straightforward one. Choose an agent that you feel you can communicate with, chances are that they'll be able to strike a good relationship with all parties concerned in the sale and ensure a smooth selling process
Ultimately, go local. A local agent will know the property stock in the area, the local schools and supermarkets not to mention the travel information that a prospective buyer to the area will want to hear.
Find your local agents at: http://www.zoopla.co.uk/find-agents/