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Estate agency fees have always been a sensitive point and never more so than today with online agents boasting fixed fees and flexible payment terms.

Estate agency fees have always been a sensitive point and never more so than today with online agents spending heavily on TV ads boasting fixed fees and flexible payment terms.

Following a series of complaints the consumer group Which? says the public should be wary of claims made by some online estate agents.  In a blog Which says that while it is true that online agents do charge competitive fees for their service, the public must focus on three things to judge whether they offer value for money and good service.

1. What do the fees include? “You can expect a package to include at least the basics needed to sell a home, such as listings on the main property portals. But extras, such as the agent conducting the viewings for you, are likely to cost more.”

2. When do you have to pay? – “With some agents you will need to pay an upfront fee (meaning you have to pay even if you don’t sell your property). Some will let you defer payment, but you may still face a fee even if you’re property doesn’t sell. You may also have to enter into a credit agreement with the firm. Companies that allow you to only pay on completion will often charge more for this option.”

3. How long will they market my property for? “Packages can be time-limited, for example 10 or 12 months, rather than your property continuing to be marketed until it sells.”

So what are you paying your high street agent for?  Brochures, newspaper ads and staff accompanying viewings are just the visible tip of an iceberg of services a good agent will offer.

Our staff will know you, and your property.  We will verify the purchasing status of anyone who views your property, and have an extensive database of clients currently in the buying market. 

Once a sale has been negotiated, our job is to see the purchase through to a successful completion – that means regular sales chasing with solicitors, other agents and buyers in the chain.  We offer a no sale, no fee service while many online agents expect fees upfront – so if you lose your sale, you lose your money too.

We now offer fees starting at 0%, with some innovative ways of selling your home, and, in our opinion, an unrivalled service.

Over the last 5 years we have sold nearly 6,000 residential properties with an aggregate value of nearly £2 billion. Average price achieved was 97% of the asking price.

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