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TeeSv Posted on 14/11/2017 12:06
House Selling
 
 
Anyone recently sold their house and can recommend a good estate agent and conveyancing solicitor
Cheers in advance
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TheFair86 Posted on 14/11/2017 14:22

House Selling

 
Take a look at getagent

Know in advance that any commission rate they offer you, and minimum term, is negotiable and donít sign anything in the day.

Get a few quotes then play them off each other.

Accept no more than 12 weeks sole agency or 2 weeks notice to terminate and for fee it depends on your property - aim for 1.5% or less, no sale no fee. Negotiate this over email after the appointment - say youíre looking at best leics and have had other quotes and this is what youíre looking for.

They are all salemen and any in person negotiation becomes a game, take yourself out of that game and steer it yourself.

We learned this the hard way - our initial agent was fixed fee £2400 inc vat, 23 week sole agency 21 days cancellation. We are now moving to an agent with much better sales stats, 900+VAT fee and 12 weeks sole agent / 2 weeks notice.
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shaboro1986 Posted on 14/11/2017 14:36

House Selling

 
DON'T use Gary Johnson solicitors on Baker Street. Won't go into it at the moment. Absolutely atrocious.
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junouk Posted on 15/11/2017 12:21

House Selling

 
Hi TeeSV

I would say dont use an online estate agent or on line solicitor. Both appear cheaper on paper but rarely are in practice.

To give you an idea. Purple Bricks. Charge £800 to sell your house. Great but they get paid no matter what. More and more estate agents are going down this route. You pay them even if they do nothing to sell the house. Makes no difference to them if it sells or not. If you move agents... You still pay them. If you take it off the market.. You still pay them. Always go for a no sale no fee. At least this way it is a benefit for the E/A to sell the house.

Solicitors. On line are difficult to deal with, I have found some to be less than proactive and seen them costs sales and purchases as they are so slow and difficult to contact. On Solicitor in Norwich emailed to say they will respond to an email within 10 working days. When you ring the solicitor the mail box message said, we do not monitor the mail box. If you leave a message it may NOT be looked at. Makes a mockery of the systems.

I would find an agent who is SELLING houses in the area you live. Not just advertising them. As for a solicitor. Find one you can have a conversation with. I personally like Archers and Punch Robson and TBI. All local companies and have good conveyancing sections.

Hope that helps
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TeeSv Posted on 15/11/2017 14:24

House Selling

 
Many thanks for this, very helpful [^]
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LTS_3 Posted on 15/11/2017 14:44

House Selling

 
Depends where you are, in Redcar we used Michael Poole (who I guess did as much as any estate agent could/should) and Cygnet for the solicitors who were very good
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Kezzy1876 Posted on 15/11/2017 14:52

House Selling

 
Purple bricks, don't be lazy sell it yourself
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oncearedalwaysared Posted on 15/11/2017 15:48

House Selling

 
Couldn't fault Ingleby Homes - if you're in Ingleby
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Leatherneck Posted on 15/11/2017 16:39

House Selling

 
If your house is priced right and it is in a hot spot then advertise it with a fixed price online agent, there are some that you pay prior or after the sale, with different rates.
In my recent experience, if the property is not selling all the estate agents are equally inept, promising that they do this and that more than the others and yet do nowt.
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TheFair86 Posted on 15/11/2017 16:41

House Selling

 
Ignore the valuations they give you too. Use them Sam guide but price your house on what houses are actually selling for in your street and nearby for same size/condition

Our EA told us ours was worth more 12k more than itís currently listed at, which they do to get your business.
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junouk Posted on 15/11/2017 17:06

House Selling

 
House is only worth what the mortgage surveyor thinks it is worth, (if the buyer is getting a mortgage) An estate agent valuation is not worth the paper it is written on.

We use net house prices as an idea, but anywhere that uses the land registry is OK. This will tell you what properties have sold for... Rather than advertised at. I can put my house on the market for a million quid and pay an online agent to market it. It would never sell but what do they care. They have the money.

Do your own research and be realistic. You house may be the best in the street, but it would struggle to sell more than the last one to sell.... Obviously you will find exceptions to the rule. But be sensible and the house will sell.

Do the same check on any house you buy. Nothing worse than paying £300 for a valuation only to be told the estate agent has over valued it by 10K. You lose £300 and have to start again looking for a new home.

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