Benefits of Using an Online Estate Agent
For those thinking about selling property, you may be trying to decide who you’ll use as your real estate agent. Many people are unaware that you can actually have an online real estate agent sell your property for you, leading to less stress and more savings.
Consider http://www.emoov.co.uk/, which can save you thousands of pounds when comparing the use of high street agents. With an agent from emoov, you’ll pay a set fee of £595 instead of the 2% to 2.5% of your total sale price which a high street agent would charge.
It’s also important to keep in mind that this fee of £595 is the only charge, so when the sale is complete you can rest assured that you’ve paid all you need to and all profit is yours.
When it comes to valuations and assessments, if you use a high street agent you can expect to be paying extra for these, while online agents will include these for free, along with floor plan photos and will only charge a small fee for an EPC assessment.
Another good reason to choose an online agent over a high street agent is simply for the convenience. An online agent can ensure that all of your assessments happen during one visit, so you’re not constantly being interrupted and needing to be home during the work day. And when it come to working hours, most real estate agents are only open from Monday to Friday during normal business hours (9am-5pm) while online agents are much more flexible and are available 7 days a week. You’ll also be able to write them a quick email late at night and have a reply the next morning, giving you the freedom to communicate whenever you want.
While you can see that there are many great reasons to choose an online agent to sell your property, you may be concerned about actually getting your home in front of potential buyers. And you may also assume that going with a high street agent is the logical choice due to their ability to market your property.
A traditional real estate agent can certainly list your house on their agent website and the main property portals, but if your agent is a member of OnTheMarket they need to choose whether they will list the house with Rightmove or Zoopla- they can’t choose both. Online agents are able to list with both of these property portals as well as their website, and these listings are included in your package when you sign up.
Traditional agents also justify their expense due to the fees they charge for viewings but more than 50% of potential buyers prefer for the seller to host the viewing- something which makes sense when you consider that you would be right there to talk about your property, form a connection and answer any important questions immediately.
If you’re thinking about selling your property in 2016, consider using an online estate agent and save both money and time this year.