How do you choose an estate agent?

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We’re proud of our reputation. Although we started as a family-run estate agent, the Flatman Partnership has grown into a modern and efficient firm with three offices in Reading, Langley and Wokingham. However much we grow, we will continue to retain and value our original principles of friendliness and personal service.

We hope that our clients choose to use us to sell their property because of our approach. They certain enjoy using our services, as clients often return to us again and again, and recommend us to others.

But how do you choose an estate agent? We’ve listed some factors to consider if you’re thinking of selling your property.

  • Approach the estate agent like a prospective buyer – do you like their service? How do they present properties in their windows, online or through contacting buyers? Are they quick to come back to you with answers to any queries?
  • Get a personal recommendation – ask your family and friends if they have had a good experience recently. Even a shout out on Twitter or Facebook can help you find some great estate agents that you can trust.
  • Do you stay local? An estate agent in your area will know all about your town, and will know more about prospective buyers and the best way to market your property.
  • Find out how they would sell your home, such as an open house or accompanied viewings. What would happen if your house wasn’t selling? Find out their Plan B beforehand.
  • Do they have experience? Think about what sort of home you have, and if the agent has experience of selling these sorts of properties. Ask them about previous houses or flats like yours that they have sold, and they should have some great examples.
  • How will they market your property? The internet, and portals like Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation are the main port of call for buyers, so you need to know where your house will be listed. They may also have their own social media channels, advertising in local newspapers, and more, so it’s worth checking out what they can offer you.

How do you choose an estate agent? Is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know!