When it comes to selecting a high-end real estate agent, here are top things to look out for:
1. Are they local and globally minded?
It may be a seller’s market, but finding and attracting high-end buyers is a hard-to-find skill in any scenario. As well as having intimate knowledge of the local landscape, your real estate agent should have access to an extensive international network and be able to reach out to wealthy potential buyers worldwide.
2. Are they a trusted brand?
Working alongside an experienced firm with a strong network of high-end buyers and sellers is crucial to maximising the potential sale value of your property. Make sure that you know what to expect. Read the small print: how long has the agency been operating – both globally as well as in Amsterdam? Ideally, choose a brand that is well-established, and known and trusted worldwide.
3. Do they have the right tools?
Tradition will only take you so far, though. With high-end buyers spread far and wide, quality marketing – especially the online kind – is essential. “We have people who want to buy places without seeing them, just based on the pictures,” explains Barbara Van der Grijp, high-end real estate agent at Engel & Völkers in Amsterdam. To maximise your audience, select a real estate agent who can offer the best (online) marketing campaigns, as well as the highest standards for styling, photography, video and home staging.
4. Are they a good communicator?
In a fast-moving market like Amsterdam’s, timing is everything. Having fast, fluent communication with your real estate agent can enable quick decision-making and sound judgement calls. Will your agent provide frequent updates, and respond to your calls and emails when needed? Don’t forget negotiation skills, either – having an experienced negotiator on your team may provide the key to unlocking the desired price point for your property.
At Engel & Völkers, we work with international customers to buy and sell properties in some of the world’s most exclusive locations. With three local offices – in Amsterdam Oud-Zuid (Willemsparkweg), Amsterdam-Centrum (Prinsengracht), and Amsterdam Zuidas (George Gerswhinlaan) – offering a high-end service, our real estate agents can help you take the next step to reach the right potential buyers worldwide.