Is it still worthwhile to hire an estate agent?

Find out why both sellers and buyers benefit from working with an estate agent.

Is it still worthwhile to hire an estate agent?

Find out why both sellers and buyers benefit from working with an estate agent.
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Reasons to hire a real estate agent

For owners wanting to sell their home, a number of key questions arise. One of them is usually: Why use a real estate agent to sell your home? If you want to sell your home at the best possible price, you should not leave this to chance – but to an expert who appreciates the value of this property. In the following we will show you eight reasons why to use a real estate agent to sell your home and also why to use a real estate agent when buying:

1. Individual first consultation

Why use a real estate agent to sell your home? For the owner, selling a property successfully means finding the right buyer as soon as possible and achieving the right purchase price. Already at the beginning of the sales phase, the seller benefits from the expertise of an experienced real estate agent: An individual consultation is the best starting point for a profitable, speedy marketing of the property. Thanks to our company-owned Engel & Völkers Academy, the competent real estate agents at Engel & Völkers have comprehensive real estate and marketing knowledge that allow them to gain a good understanding of your wishes and expectations from the very first contact. ​

2. Competent purchase price estimate

Another reason why you should use a real estate agent is to determine a realistic purchase price. Owners often have a close bond to their property. This often makes an objective assessment of the property’s selling price much more difficult. A professional and neutral valuation of the property by a real estate agent lays the foundation for successful marketing. Because only someone with the appropriate experience, comprehensive expertise and a profound knowledge of the market can correctly assess the value of a property. Which is why you should use a real estate agent when selling. At Engel & Völkers, you are in the best of hands: With us, you will be personally advised by one of our experienced real estate experts before they determine the real purchase price of the property based on a well-founded market and target group analysis. After all, it's about nothing less than finding the right property or buyer for you – and getting the best possible deal.

3. Exclusive marketing

Why use a real estate agent to sell your home? Marketing the property via a qualified exclusive contract has various advantages for the owner. It gives sellers a decisive lead on the way to a successful property sale. Within the scope of the exclusive Engel & Völkers "all-round carefree package", we guarantee you a maximum investment of time and service, numerous options for the placement of your property offer as well as a performance assessment of the selected marketing measures. After receiving all property-relevant information and coordinating the sales activities, the relevant facts and figures are first recorded in writing. From this point on, you benefit from a marketing concept tailored precisely to your property – until the successful conclusion of the contract.

4. Why use a real estate agent: Tailored marketing concept

There are countless ways to market a property. However, they are not all suited for every property, because after all, the marketing strategy should be as unique as the property itself. This is another good reason why to use a real estate agent. To emphasise the uniqueness of a property on the market, the commissioned real estate agent develops an individual marketing strategy that runs like a continuous thread through the entire marketing process. Before listing the property publicly, Engel & Völkers offers it discreetly to prospective buyers registered with us. A good reason to use a real estate agent and thus their existing client base. Only if no suitable buyer for your property can be found among our more than one million clients worldwide seeking properties, will we plan the further marketing steps together with you. This is where owners benefit from our wide range of offline and online measures – from professionally prepared exposés and targeted print or online ads to modern property videos including 3D models that showcase your property in a unique way.

5. Optimised viewing planning

Why use a real estate agent to sell your home? There is no second chance to make a first impression – that is why it is crucial not to leave the viewings by selected prospective buyers to chance. Well thought-out planning is an important prerequisite for potential buyers to imagine your property as their new home right away. When you use a competent real estate agent, they know how to present your property in the best possible light – both inside and out. Because one thing is certain: A successful viewing that leaves an excellent impression is key to a successful property sale for all involved.

6. Regular sales status reports

Commissioning the sale of your own property means placing great trust in the commissioned real estate agent. Regular reports on the sales status of the property, which transparently show which marketing measures have been taken and what success has been achieved, are therefore an important quality criterion for reputable real estate agents. At Engel & Völkers, you are in the best hands from the very start. During the entire marketing process you will have a personal contact person at your side who will involve you in all activities. This includes, for example, regular updates on the sales status, meaningful  house viewing tips and reports, the exchange of information on planned marketing measures and information on contract-relevant details. The communication with you as our client is of central importance to us – because it is one of the most important prerequisites for making your sale a success. In addition to personal contact with our real estate agents, you can use our unique  Engel & Völkers Owner App to see the marketing status of your property at any time.

7. Professional contract negotiation

The sale of a property, compliance with applicable laws and the drafting of a valid contract is a complex matter. It is therefore worthwhile to use a  reputable real estate agent who has sound knowledge of the current legal situation related to the sale of the property. At Engel & Völkers, you benefit from the expertise of our highly qualified consultants and license partners who have received extensive training in our company-owned Engel & Völkers Academy. Whether it's the rapid forwarding of purchase offers, advice on the submission of offers, the negotiation process itself or contractual issues: At Engel & Völkers you can rely on a maximum of competence, local market knowledge and negotiation skills, which is why you should use ons of our real estate agents.

8. Comprehensive after-sales service

The house sale rarely ends with the signing of the sales contract. Even afterwards, the buyer or seller may still have questions. This is why the service provided by Engel & Völkers does not end with the signing of the contract. Our real estate agents, for example, are on hand to assist you with the successful handover of the property and are also available for you afterwards at any time. On request, we will also help you with organisational questions relating to your  move. And, of course, we will also support you in future matters such as an impending property purchase or further sale.

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9. Broker's fees

The so-called broker’s fee or broker’s commission is based on legal requirements. Therefore the rule of thumb applies: The higher the selling price of your property, the higher the broker’s fee. A considerably lower administration and marketing effort, the prospect of an optimal sales price and last but not least the certainty that the house sale will be handled in a legally correct manner are nevertheless good reasons why to use a real estate agent. 

With the help of our market expertise and the global Engel & Völkers network, you too can make the purchase or sale of your property a success. Our real estate agents are at your service – in more than 800 shops in over 30 countries worldwide. We look forward to hearing from you.

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