5 Reasons Not to Use Online Estate Agents
26th January 2018 posted in Sellers
Internet automation is a great thing, most of the time. But, at Hunters we understand the value of having the best people and the best knowledge possible, so that we can do the very best job when it comes to selling your home. With that in mind, here are just a few of the things that make Hunters different from the purely online only competitors out there.
We know the areas we’re selling in.
This is the single biggest thing to factor in when selling your home, because it affects everything else. Ultimately, without the best possible knowledge and experience of the area, it’s impossible to have an easy time selling your home. So, Hunters balance having a national database of statistics and clients with also having more local knowledge than you can shake a stick at. Our estate agents come with years of experience and local knowledge which we further develop and enhance. They’re then trained to a nationally consistent standard and pushed to know more and more about the areas they’re selling in. Hunters agents and valuers know not only what other properties in your area have sold for, they also know what can be done to maximise your home’s value. And, although some online agents claim to be in touch with ‘local experts’ there’s no way to know that you’re dealing with the best people possible. Often, with online agents, you never meet the person or people looking after your account, there isn’t the option to go in and speak in person. We know how reassuring it is when there is someone who can offer you a cup of tea and a word of advice.
We don’t leave you to do the viewings.
At Hunters we liaise with you the entire time, and this is crucial with viewings, because we know how frustrating viewings can be, and not just for the time it takes you to prepare your house. With online agencies, not only might you have to organise and attend all of the viewings, but there’s also no way to figure out who is truly interested in your property. Because potential buyers deal with Hunters directly, we’re able to make sure that only highly interested parties come to see your property and take up your time. Above and beyond all of this, we accompany every viewing to your home. This way, you can rest assured that your home is being displayed by experienced salespeople, who know how to market your home to its highest potential.
We won’t make you do the legwork
We know that selling your home can be a stressful time, it’s a big move to make, and it’s not just the practical side you have to deal with -- there’s a lot of emotions too. Whether it’s help with negotiating your offer or dealing with solicitors, Hunters are here to make your sale as smooth as possible throughout the process. So we’ll take charge of communications with the buyers and even offer advice when working with your solicitor, something online agencies don’t always do. Having us do some of the negotiating takes out a lot of the stress involved when selling your home.
We don’t demand the money up front.
Online agents boast that they charge a flat fee for selling your home, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. The biggest risk you face with online agents is that not only do they want their fee up front, there is no guarantee that your home will be sold. Because win or lose, they’ve already been paid. With this policy, there is no motivation to do their utmost to sell your property -- this isn’t the case with Hunters. Until your home has been sold, we don’t get paid.
We will get you the best price for your home.
As mentioned in point 4, there’s no real motivation for online agents to get you the best possible price for your home. Though many claim to get 99% of the asking price, research suggests that some of the most popular agents only secure the initial asking price for between just 30 and 50 percent of sellers. Part of this ties back to the very first point we made, online agencies simply don’t have the experience of the local area you need and deserve. Without a deep understanding of the local area, it’s almost impossible to give you an accurate valuation of your home, which you need to get the best price later on.
These are just some of the things that set Hunters apart from online agencies, and trusting anyone with your property is a big step, we know that. So if you have any other questions, if you’re not quite convinced, just drop into your local Hunters branch today and ask us -- we’ll always be happy to help.