Some people feel that houses should be able to “sell themselves” and do not need to be “shown” by estate agents. Whilst this may be true of certain exceptional homes, or where achieving the optimum price is not an issue, most properties require the skills of a well-trained estate agent if they are to sell for the best price within a reasonable period timescale.
One benefit of your estate agent showing your home is honest feedback. Many purchasers wish to avoid appearing rude and build up a seller’s hopes by telling them what they want to hear; “It’s lovely – we’ll get back to you”. By the time they have seen several other properties their feedback to the agent about your particular home is likely to be minimal.
Additionally, the buyer will probably want to discuss aspects of the property out of the seller’s earshot. They may have plans that they feel would offend the seller, such as knocking down a wall the seller may have built!
When we show your property, immediate feedback can also be generated from buyers who might not have been so frank with you directly. This helps us understand their buyers and allows us to fine-tune our marketing efforts. Clients often say that sincere post-viewing feedback significantly helps to reduce the stress of selling, and after all, this is surely one of the most compelling reasons for appointing a professional and reputable estate agency to represent you in your sale.
Please feel free to contact your local Oakfield branch if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the possible sale of your property, for straight-talking good advice, without any obligation.
Neil Newstead, FARLA MNAEA
Chief Executive Officer