What are the questions to ask an estate agent?
When you have made the decision to sell or let your home, the next stage is to ask a couple of estate agents out to visit you. So, when they come round - what do you ask them in order to make sure you choose the right one for you and your home?
What makes you the right agent to sell or let my home?
You are looking for facts not fiction - how many similar properties has the agent sold or let in the area? Ask for some examples and some insight into the local market and how they feel your property would perform.
How will you market my property to ensure I get the best price?
Your agent should be able to demonstrate how they use different marketing channels effectively - both online and offline. A network of branches is a huge benefit in attracting eager applicants because they are held on the same database and accessible by all - so the stronger the network the better. Solid enthusiasm and local knowledge is also essential.
What would be the right buyer/tenant for my home?
It is the agents responsibility to establish that the buyer or tenant has the motivation, ability and needs to meet the terms of the transaction. Likewise a good agent will ask you what is important to you - the highest price offered or the tenant who can move soonest or buyer who is not involved in a chain..
It is always worth being prepared when you meet with your potential agent – you will be working with them for some time and through some possibly difficult decisions. They need to be professional, knowledgeable and also likable. If you are thinking of selling your home and would like a market appraisal or advice about the property market in your area, please contact your local Hamptons International branch.