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Using An Estate Agent; An Invaluable Knowledge Resource

Apr 1, 2008
Moving house can be a stressful experience involving a lot of upheaval and effort. Not only is there the selling of your house there is also finding the right house for you to move into. This is where the services of an estate agent can be invaluable.

While you may think you know exactly what you are looking for, it is actually your estate agent who can put all of your plans into action and actively find properties for you. Your agent should also be able to present you with properties in your price range, often when you are trying to find the right property it is too easy to forget the restraints of your purse.

An estate agent will not only limit you to properties that you can afford, but will provide you with houses that meet your clearly defined criteria. While there may be compromises to be made, the properties presented will generally be in your price range and match your criteria. If in built up areas such as London it is even more important to employ an estate agent as their local knowledge can be extremely useful.

The inside information that an estate agent possesses can be a brilliant resource. Such information can be considered as knowledge of the local area; issues such as the type of properties that are present in any one area, whether there are any good schools in the neighbourhood and information about transport links can all be important. Their expertise and unique information can be essential when you are involved in the process of finding a house.

An estate agent is especially important if you are thinking of moving to a new area. Obviously your knowledge of an area will be limited and any help you can get will be strongly welcomed. Local knowledge is something your estate agent should possess and should go beyond just knowledge of properties; information on the social life and local attractions such as parks should also be evident.

The knowledge your estate agent possesses should also include a contact base of local businesses and workers. By having this knowledge it should be possible to find out about the variety of services that are present in an area, and which of those services it is worth using. Local agents should also be able to provide efficient and responsible workmen should any renovation work need to undertaken on the proposed property.

An estate agent is usually privy to information that you will not be able to find yourself. On many occasions it is the agent that finds out about a property that is going up for sale even before it has been advertised. With this kind of information it is often possible to find properties before they go on the market adding to your chances of being able to put in a successful offer.

Naturally you will want to find an estate agent that suits your needs and is sympathetic to your requirements. Ensuring they understand what your house will need to do in order to fulfil your living requirements, an experienced agent should be able to understand these and only give you properties that are viable homes. It is also worth remembering that it is not just your immediate needs that should be met by a property, ensuring you plan for the future is essential.

It is doubtless that a good estate agent is worth their weight in gold. Without one trawling through numerous properties can sometimes be fruitless task. Of course it is ultimately your choice of the property you choose to move into but agency services can supply you with lists of suitable properties that will cut out much of the legwork. After all, moving house is stressful enough; any help you can get is a worthy attribute.
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Real estate expert Thomas Pretty looks into the value of having a decent estate agent when looking for a property.
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