Choosing an Estate Agent

Choosing an estate agent - your questions answered

Q. What characteristics should I look for in an estate agent?

When choosing an estate agent be sure to ask about:

  • Track record - ask to see a list of recent sales that have successfully completed
  • Accreditation - ask whether they are members of any governing bodies
  • Negotiation skills - you want a diligent negotiator, someone with your best interest in mind at all times.
  • Contactability - ensure your agent is easily accessible at all times so they never miss an offer or enquiry.

Trust your intuition and look for passion tempered by professionalism. Above all, the agent should be someone you would feel comfortable buying from or selling to.

Q. Should I always go with the highest valuation?

Choosing an estate agent with the highest valuation might seem sensible but it may reflect inaccuracy in pricing your home. The first four weeks of marketing are often the most crucial and if your property is priced too high, it will deter interest. If you have to start reducing the sale price, some potential buyers tracking your property may start believing there is something wrong with it.

A price in tune with local demand and other properties for sale like yours is essential in generating interest. Accurate pricing is a skill only the most competent agents possess and it is a skill we are highly respected for at Hanover. We will show you local comparables and historic sales figures to give you confidence in the value we are suggestion.