Why use a real estate agent?
This is a question which probably arises in the minds of market participants, buyers, sellers and landlords alike.
How do I get the best result?
Buying or selling a property is usually only a once-in-a-lifetime decision. Some people, for example, are looking for the most attractive offer quickly and without complications, while other people want, among other things, to find a sound customer and to get the best possible price. But they are all looking for the service provider who will accompany them in the most effective possible way in buying or selling a property. Below, we outline for you some criteria which will certainly help you to get closer to that target of getting the best results!
Speak to people who have already had good experiences with estate agents. Which company is the most proactive, which one is recommended again and again, which one is the market leader?
Don’t just rely on the tips given by other people, convince yourself.
Study press reports in the regional section of your newspaper about how prices are doing on the local property market. Which estate agents are providing the research?
Developments on the local property market. Which estate agents are providing the research?
Buy the local newspapers and have a good look at the property pages. Who is always advertising new properties? Which advertisements catch your attention?
Have a good look at the range of properties offered by estate agents who have specialised in properties in your district. Which agent is particularly successful in your section of the market?
Compare the internet presence of different estate agents and the properties advertised on their websites. Do the positions and sale prices match your property and/or what you were looking for?
Make your decision to commission just one single company for a specified period. Only an agent who is the sole representative will invest the optimum amount of time and money to market your property.
Keep in mind that by commissioning more than one company, the property could lose its uniqueness and thus the possibility of recovering the best possible price. Multiple advertising, multiple approaches to customers cause confusion and annoyance for anyone interested in the property and in the market itself.
There are countless estate agents in almost every town or city, and not all of them have the necessary qualifications. In order to avoid getting any nasty surprises, you should at the outset invest sufficient time to select the right agent for you, in order to achieve the best result for you.
Just think – the way in which the estate agents present themselves to you gives an idea of how your property will be presented.
We wish you every success in choosing your estate agent!
Your Team at Engel & Völkers