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How to choose an Estate Agent

If you have a family home or investment property and are looking to sell it then choosing an Estate Agent is the most important part of the process.

It sounds simple, get a few Estate Agents to give you free valuations and choose one. Sadly it’s not that straight forward.

There are lots of things to take into account even before you pick up the phone.

  • Which Estate Agents do you choose to do the valuations, most areas have 10+
  • Are you in favour of supporting local business?
  • Have you dealt with a company or companies before?

The reason I raise these questions is that, in my opinion, you should have three valuations, use local independent firms and never choose a company that has failed to impress you before.

Is there an Estate Agent who has a high number of SOLD signs, not lots of FOR SALE’s?
Is there a very local firm that will appreciate your business?
Smaller, owner run business tend to give a much higher level of personal service.
Has a friend or family member recommended someone at a local Estate Agency?

I keep mentioning ‘local’ and there is a reason for that.
I have heard of Estate Agents not wanting to do viewings on properties because it’s going to take them 15 minutes to get there, half an hour to do the viewing and 15 minutes to get back. A whole hour of their day gone!

There is also the the fact that the further away you are from your area the less you know about school catchment areas, local clubs & associations, shop opening hours, train times etc.

When you call each agent to book your valuation, how is your call handled? Are you grilled for info, do you feel like your filling in a telephone questionnaire or is it as simple as booking an appointment?

Always bear in mind that the company will send their best salesman to the valuation and in many cases that may be the last time you see or hear from them. Ask how their business works, who does the viewings and as importantly who will negotiate with the buyer on your behalf.

First impressions count, you will have a first impression of your Estate Agent & so will your buyers.

Choose the Estate Agent that is sensible on the price of your property.

Choose the Estate Agent that offers a realistic fee for the service and doesn’t try to tie you into a sole agency.

Choose the Estate Agent that is going to appreciate your business.

Choose the Estate Agent that you think you can work with best.

Choose the Estate Agent that you are confident will negotiate on your behalf, otherwise you will be paying thousands in fees and loosing thousands on the value of your home.

 

Hope this helps…

 

Phillip.

 

Hunts Post advert – 27th June 2011

House for sale in Barringer Court, Godmanchester

3 bedroom link detached house for sale

£235,000

Barringer Court,  London Street, Godmanchester. PE29 2HU

Located in the heart of Godmanchester in a courtyard setting this family home was converted in 1986 from a former Brewery building. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, cloakroom, a 27’ kitchen/dining room, a 26’ sitting and family room, a four piece bathroom and three bedrooms. To the front is a south facing courtyard garden, a garage and off road parking.
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Picnic in The Park Party 2012

Picnic in the Park 2012

Godmanchester’s Picnic in the Park party is being held on Sunday 8th July this year on the recreation ground between The Causeway and Portholme over the Chinese bridge.

If you like a large garden party then Picnic in the Park is for you with live music, games, rides and bouncy things to keep the kids entertained, a beer tent, ice cream vans and barbecues.

Last year the weather was great and fingers crossed this year will be just as good. The Picnic in the Park party always wraps up Gala Week in Godmanchester. Great community fun for all of Godmanchester.

For more information on the other events taking place during Gala Week have a look at the Godmanchester Community Association website.

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Buy to Let in Godmanchester

If you are looking for a property in Godmanchester to buy and then let to tenants we have usually have access to suitable property.

Currently we have a three bedroom end terrace property in Pipers Lane, Godmanchester that has just been reduced to £144,500. In fairness it needs double glazing and a new bathroom suite but we could let it once done for around £700pcm.

If the thought of having this work done worries you or puts you off, we can take care of it for you. We have just project managed a complete renovation for an overseas landlord. The project came in under budget and we actually let the proeprty for £25pcm more than we had forecast.

Pipers Lane is a popular location in the heart of ‘old’ Godmanchester. Having just let a three bedroom semi in New Street for £795pcm with 24 hours or it coming to the market we are even more than confident of the location. Godmanchester has proven a very sucessful place to ‘buy to let’ with high demand and an eclectic range of properties.

Even if you had to pay the full asking price the net return would be over 6%.

For details of the property in Pipers Lane – click here.

To discuss other Buy to Let opportunities in Godmanchester, Huntingdon, St. Neots, St. Ives and all surrounding villages please call us on 01480 434290.

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