5 reasons why you should use a local agent to sell your property
Selling your home can be a stressful time. However, you don’t have to deal with it alone. An agent provides a wealth of support when it comes to managing the sales process and ensuring that you get the best possible deal. Agents today come in many different types but there are some very good reasons why using a local agent to sell your property could put you at a distinct advantage.
Viewings and negotiations
Many online agents offer lots of benefits when it comes to lower fees etc. However, very few are in a position to be able to provide essential hands on support when it comes to the process of viewings and negotiations. An agent able to manage viewings can take the pressure off you considerably, both in terms of preparing the property for buyers to see and handling the logistics. The same goes for negotiations – many sellers left to handle negotiations alone become overwhelmed by the process but a local agent won’t leave you to deal with this essential moment in the transaction without support.
Local networks and contacts
A local agent is well connected in the local community and this can be worth its weight in gold when it comes to selling your property. This will not only give you access to great deals with local tradespeople, conveyancers, mortgage advisers etc but also help when it comes to finding buyers. A local agent will have an up to date database of local buyers with all their preferences stored, making it much easier to identify those who are likely to be a good match.
Walk away with a higher price
Opting for the cheapest possible agent could eventually prove to be a false economy when it comes to the proceeds of sale that you actually receive. Many online agents, for example, don’t have genuine local knowledge and insight and, as a result, may not be able to achieve the best price for your property. A local agent with plenty of experience can use it to achieve the best possible price for a home so that you get more from the sale.
Avoid those “extra” costs
Up front fees are tempting, as are online or DIY agents who seem to offer great service at rock bottom prices. However, there is no such thing as a free lunch in property and if a deal seems too good to be true it probably is. Many sellers discover this at the point of billing when multiple added ‘extras’ suddenly appear to be deducted from the sale price.
Digital + face-to-face
A local agent has contacts, as well as a local reputation and the benefit of footfall to local offices – all of which are key for attracting buyers. In terms of the service you receive you’ll also feel more supported because you’ll not only enjoy the benefits of digital marketing and reach but the face-to-face contact of a local presence too.
Working with a local agent can improve your experience of selling your property, as well as the eventual outcome.
For all your property requirements or advice about getting your property ready to sell, get in touch with Clarke Gammon Wellers today.