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Selecting An Estate Agent; Extensive Consideration Needed

Aug 20, 2008
The Essex town of Colchester is regarded by many historians to be the oldest in the UK. It was an important Roman settlement due to its preferential position on high ground as well as close access to the sea. This meant that it was ideally placed to control the local population whilst being a centre for trade. Today the importance of this position is recognised by many homeowners with many estate agent services offering a range of properties from large and luxurious houses, executive high rise flats and even quaint terraced cottages. The sheer range of properties in Colchester shows the rich history of this town. For anyone looking for property in Colchester, utilising an estate agent is strongly advisable; the gaining of local knowledge cannot be underestimated. But when using an estate agent what are the key considerations? Hopefully this article will help those achieve a great service at the right price.

Firstly, those looking to buy or sell property should realise how important it is to create a balance between fees and services. It is normally the case that if you are paying next to nothing for an estate agent, the services will not be great. Naturally fees will always be applicable but by understanding that you are paying for a service and that service should be value for money your experience should be greater. Prices are mostly negotiable, but remember that if you bargain too successfully, chances are that the agent will be less likely to work hard for you if you are paying less.

The next step of utilising an estate agent is to sign a contract that gives both parties, the agent and client legal documentation containing the responsibilities of each. As with most contracts it is vital to recognise the importance of care when purveying the contract. Poring through it with a fine comb is advisable, as is asking for an explanation of any misunderstood clauses. One of the more important clauses is the time period that the seller will be tied to a particular agent; on average this is around six weeks, if it is any longer it may be worth asking for a new contract. As well as the temporal agreement, most experts agree that avoiding 'sole selling agreements' are worth avoiding.

That said it is not always advisable to secure the services of as many agents as possible. It is easy to fall into a situation where many agents are attempting to sell a property and yet none are performing their roles effectively. If only one agent is used, it is more likely that they will be able to devote time and energy to the sale. Even so, if agents have worked together in the past and have a good working relationship, their combined efforts may result in a quicker sale.

Whenever we meet people it is too easy to judge on first impressions. While we may be wowed by a slick estate agent and less impressed with a quiet representative it is always advisable to research their services thoroughly. Ask for examples of their work and look into their success rates in terms of speed of sales and how close to the asking figures they normally expect to secure. When meeting with many agents, taking notes so you can make a direct comparison later will mean that you are able to make the most logical and effective choice.

This is general advice that is applicable worldwide rather than purely in the town of Colchester. When you are paying for agency services remember that value for money should be your primary concern. You pay an agent for them to ease the sale or acquisition of a property, if they are ineffectual, move on to another who will meet your requirements.
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Real estate expert Thomas Pretty looks into the importance of finding the right estate agent Colchester services when looking for property in the vicinity.
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