Is your estate agent working hard to sell your property?

If your home is on the market and it just won’t sell, is it simply because there’s a lot of similar property for sale in Southend on Sea, or, could it be that your Estate Agent just isn’t working hard enough for you? There are many ways to gauge if your agent is doing a good job. Here we look at some of the methods used by Southend Estate Agents, to make sure a property sells and clients are happy.

Communicates regularly

If you haven’t heard from your estate agent for a few weeks, it’s time to find a new one. Even if no-one’s called to request a viewing of your home, he or she should still be communicating with you regularly to keep you up to date with the work being done on your behalf. After all, you’re probably thinking about selling your home almost daily – if an Estate Agent in Southend is working is for you, shouldn’t they be keeping you in the loop?

Offers a professional, expert opinion

If your estate agent disagrees with you, this is a good sign! You don’t want someone who says ‘yes’ just to please. You need an Estate Agent who’s committed to doing the best possible job for you and sometimes that means challenging your opinions. When it comes to pricing property for sale in Southend, insist your agent produces the research used to arrive at a price. An Estate Agent who asks what you think your home is worth and lists it for that price is probably not going to do a good job for you in the long run. Your Estate Agent is supposed to be an expert, so make sure yours takes the lead and provides you with well-reasoned advice. That said, your agent should also be acting on your behalf, and must take your final word in the end.

Uses modern marketing tactics

Many estate agents will use all of the tools at their disposal to market your home to the public. Some, however, will do next to nothing and simply rely on portals such as Rightmove to market your home. Any reputable agent has a list of buyers to hand and knows the type of properties they require. These people will be contacted as soon as your property is listed to arrange viewings of your home. Expect your Estate Agent to take good photos and write an accurate description of your home when producing particulars. It should be listed anywhere that may draw more interest to it, including property portals, company websites, local newspapers and popular social media sites such as Facebook. Of course your home might sell without this extra effort, but is that really the kind of agency to which you want to pay a commission?p>

Follows up after completion

Whether you’re buying or selling, many Estate Agents think their job ends once a sale is agreed. A good agent will continue to work with you until your completion date to make sure the property buying process moves forward as smoothly as possible and to a timescale that works for all parties. After all, if you buy property in Southend in the future, you’re more likely to return to an Estate Agent that’s given you good customer service in the past.

Marcus James is Lettings Manager at Pace, an independent Southend on Sea Letting Agent. He deals with every aspect of the property letting process, providing expert and candid advice together with tailor-made marketing plans for each property he lists for rental.

Marcus prides himself on ensuring our landlord clients get the best return in the right timeframe for their investments by conducting rental appraisals, letting viewings and oversees the running of the lettings department.