Selling your house can be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. You may be trying to close on a house you’ve fallen in love with, and so need to close by a certain date, you may be leaving the country, or you may just be selling in a buyers market.
That’s why you should consider using an online estate agent. Not only is it cheaper and less time-consuming than using a traditional real estate agent, but it’s more convenient and will save you so much hassle (and energy you could be putting towards other things) that you’ll wonder how you ever used to use a traditional agent in the first place.
Let’s take a moment to think about how much real estate agents typically charge when they’re selling your house. Between 2% and 2.5% of your sale price is standard, which could easily be £5000 on a £200,000 house. Compare that to an online real estate agent site like http://emoov.co.uk, and you’ll find a huge difference. With an upfront fee of just £595, you won’t need to worry about extra fees after you’ve sold your house, and you also won’t have any of the “extra” fees which traditional agents often add on after you’ve signed your contract.
What type of fees am I talking about? Anytime you need an assessment or valuation with a traditional agent you can expect to be paying for it (and often paying up big). With online estate agents you’ll just have that initial fee, and any valuations and assessments are included in the price you’ve already paid (you may need to pay a small fee for an EPC assessment). One of the most stressful parts of selling a house can be all the extra fees, especially because they often need to be paid before you sell the house- making the whole process feel like a cash-strapped nightmare.
One of the reasons selling property can be so overwhelming is due to the inconvenience of it all. You can usually only contact your agent during business hours (which is when you’re likely to be working) leading to days spent playing phone tag. Online estate agents fix this problem by being available 7 days a week- meaning you can relax and get in touch when it suits you.
High street agents often justify their (high) fees by a simple explanation: They have “local knowledge” of an area, and they’ll often tell you that they’ve been involved in the purchase and sale of plenty of properties in your neighbourhood. But they’re also forgetting one key thing- unless you’ve never met any of your neighbours, driven past open homes or gotten to know the “feel” of your neighbourhood, your local knowledge far outweighs anything that a real estate agent could offer.
Online agents take advantage of what you know, using your expertise and keeping the fees low- so you can be involved every step of the way as you sell your property.