Finding a good estate agent in the North East can be frustrating. So what are the steps on how to find a good estate agent in the North East?
Many of the big players in the North East spend thousands each month to ensure that their agents are the most visible, whether it be online, in the phone book, or by using massive billboards in the most trafficked sections of the North East.
However, just because these agents are backed by the most promotion, doesn’t mean they’re the best in the North East. In today’s piece, we’re going to look at how you can find a good estate agent to work with in whether you’re in Cramlington, Peterlee or anywhere in between.
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How To Find A Good Estate Agent In The North East – Get Reviews… Real Reviews
Online reviews of estate agents are easily manipulated, and can be often times little more than paid advertisements. It’s important to get honest reviews from any agent that you’re considering, and any reputable agent will be glad to provide you with recent clients.
Also, reviews are one of the best ways to see how any estate agent does out in the marketplace.
As a last way to check out the agent… hit Google and type in “[name of agent] reviews” and see what pops up in the Google search. If you see a bunch of bad reviews on websites like Trustpilot and others… see if the agent tried to engage with those negative reviewers online to resolve the situation.
Ask the Right Questions Of The Local North East Estate Agent
Here are some questions that you should be asking your prospective agent (or even better, their recent clients) to gauge their skill, and ability to represent you as a seller or buyer:
- Was there any part of the process of buying or selling a home that clients were pleased or particularly displeased with?
- What was the asking price?
- What was the sales price?
- What properties have you worked with in my location?
- What about similarly sized properties?
It’s important to choose an agent who has experience working with homes similar to yours.
Ask them about their experience
You should also ask the agent how long they’ve been buying and selling homes. If they’re representing an agency, ask how long they’ve been with that particular agency, and their history with other firms.
Above all, it’s important to choose an estate agent in the North East that you can trust. Regular communication is extremely important when selling your home, as in many cases, a house represents the majority of your net worth. A good agent will be able to answer questions such as:
- How many inquiries have been made about my home?
- How many of these inquiries came from people likely to make a purchase (not just window shoppers)?
- What other properties in this area are for sale? What is the asking price of those homes?
Ask Your Estate Agent How They Plan On Selling Your House
Sometimes going the direct route is the best. In the case of looking for a local North East estate agent, ask them what methods they will use to sell your house that other agents wouldn’t do.
Usually the great ones actually have a marketing plan and will get your house out there and on the market in a big way.
This Is Where Low Priced Isn’t Always The Best
Often times North East home sellers want to go with the lowest priced option.
When you look at the numbers… if a real estate agent is earning 3% on a £100,000 sale… that’s £3,000 in fees just to 1 real estate agent (usually both agents representing the buyer and the seller earn commission)… it isn’t cheap. But just really do your research before you go with a cut rate agent or a flat fee agent… because that usually means that the service you’re getting is also a lower level service.
Some of the best real estate agents in North East have great marketing systems and are able to sell homes faster and for higher prices. So even if you find someone to sell your house at a 1.5% fee… look long and hard at whether you’ll be saving money long term.
The same goes for selling your house to a local real estate investor like North East House Buyers. The highest priced offer isn’t always the best. Look at the terms of the deal the house buyer offers you… and ensure they can close on-time… because every month that goes by costs you money (your mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, etc.) to hold the property.
It’s important to avoid low-quality real estate agents. These could be “rookies” who will do anything to make their first sale (including leaving dollars on the table). A good real estate can make selling your home an extremely smooth experience, and will work in your best interest.
So go out there and do your research and find a local real estate agent.
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