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Estate Agents

What Do Estate Agents Do?

Introduction

In a nutshell, estate agents market and sell property. It’s a process that involves lots of moving parts and different property professionals, including surveyors and solicitors.

But in practice, what do they do? Here a the things you can expect your agent to take care of for you:

  • valuing your property
  • marketing your home, and finding buyers
  • handling viewings
  • liaising with solicitors
  • monitoring the ‘chain’

How do I choose the right estate agent for me?

Before you get into which specific agent to use, you need to figure out what type of agent is best for you and your property. Typically speaking, there are three main types of estate agent.

Corporate estate agents are the most common and tend to work for the local office of a national chain (think Countrywide or Strutt & Parker).

Independents are often local pros that have worked in the estate agency game for a while now.

Online agents aren’t traditionally a great option as you end up effectively doing the selling yourself. These guys are more about cutting the price of traditional agents, and so offer way less expertise.

In most cases, going for a local sole agent is your best choice. These guys know the local market, have more time to focus on your property and are big on providing a great service.

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