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How to work with an estate agent PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 February 2005


Being in good terms with your agents is important : they will do more to sell your property if they likes and respects you.


You don't want the estate agent to put less efforts in selling your property, so don't argue for 1% commission as it makes little difference to your total profit in the end.

Remember that in other countries such as in France, commission usually amount for 10% to 15%!

The contract:

At the beggining, the agent will send you the potential buyers from his database. Then, he will send you only new custumers.

Try to negotiate a contract which stipulate that you are bound with him for the minimum time : usually 4 weeks. Extend the contract if you're happy with the services.

Marketing the important details:

Make sure that the pictures of your property are excellent. A bad picture can drive away potential buyers. Check also if the agent's description is correct: the surface measurement, sought after extras, proximity of local amenities and transport links.

Communicating with your agent:

Speak with your agent on a weekly basis. Ask about any feedback and if reccurant, try to find a way to fix the problem.

Answer your agent's question as soon as possible and in a professional way.

Keeping the building paperwork:

Try to keep all the surveys, any work that you did, planning permissions and regulations together.

Send a full copy to your agent and sollicitor.


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