ESTATE AGENCY IN AN ONLINE AGE
IF YOU’RE SELLING YOUR HOME, THESE DAYS YOU HAVE A LITTLE MORE CHOICE THAN YOU DID IN THE 1980’s.
Back then, you really only had the option of making a trip down to the high street estate agents, who would come round to put a board up outside your property and advertise your home in a brochure, in their office window and in the local and regional media.
The online estate agent
These days, of course, it’s a little different. There’s a new breed of online only estate agents out there on the internet and you can almost do the whole thing from your armchair at home.
For some, of course, that’s a terrifying prospect. Such a huge and significant transaction being completed entirely by internet estate agents simply doesn’t compute. Some facetime feels essential to many struggling with the impersonal or remote digital age and there will still be plenty of folk who are happier paying a bit more to avoid it.
But online only property agents are real people too. They may not have a high street office or a fleet of branded cars but there are still no robots capable of managing the sale of a property on automatic pilot.
Selling your home online
Managing a house sale is still very much a human process – right down to dealing with solicitors, conveyancers, viewings and potential buyers. The only real difference between the old-style high street firms and the new internet only estate agents is the use of new technology for communication.
There are plenty of online estate agents about offering different packages. If you do a Google search for terms such as “estate agents on line”, “online house agents” or “estate agents online only”, you’ll probably find yourself with a choice of at least a dozen. Some you’ll no doubt have heard of and some you probably won’t. Some will offer a service for an up-front fee, some for fees on completion – some will offer both.
Who are the good guys?
But one thing you’ll probably want from any online estate agents is results and good customer service. If you have a look on property portal Rightmove, you can search for agents who have sold homes in your area recently. A quick search on independent review website Trustpilot will give you a good idea of what sort of customer feedback they’ve been getting.
But, although we’re delighted to say we’re currently the UK’s No2 in our category when it comes to the latter, we hope there are a couple of other things which set us apart when it comes to online property agents.
First of all, we offer a unique no-quibble money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with our service for any reason after 30 days, we’ll refund any fees you may have paid us.
We are also part of the international ProperStar network so, if we take instruction on your home, the details are visible not just on Rightmove, Zoopla and PrimeLocation in the UK but in 51 other countries and on 80 other websites around the world.
Like to know more? We’d love to hear from you … Just drop us a line or give us a call and we promise you’ll get to speak to a real person.