Lawrence Hall, Zoopla.co.uk: Choose a Gloucestershire estate agent to sell your home
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 Gloucestershire estate agent. After all, if you're prepared to pay someone 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 more than 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. In London some agents will not budge on their fee and others are open to negotiation. In the last 10 years we've seen a fixed fee model come to the market with different fee levels for flats and another one for houses and then there is the online model, which can undercut the traditional agent due to the fact these agents do not pay high street rents for a shop front.
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.
How will they market your property? Zoopla research shows that 92 per cent of buyers start their property search online. So you need to be sure your agent has a great online presence and lists with the major property portals like Zoopla.co.uk and Primelocation.com.
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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 (Independent Financial Adviser), is not a straightforward one. Choose an agent that you feel you can communicate with. Ultimately, go local.