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Choosing An Estate Agent In The Cambridge Area

Sep 11, 2008
Cambridge is regarded to be one of the most picturesque and beautiful cities in all of England. The home of the famous university it is a multicultural place that is full of charm and character. As such a desirable place to live property in Cambridge is in high demand; for those selling or buying property in the city however it is important to utilise the services of an estate agent. The local knowledge provided by an estate agent is invaluable whether looking for that perfect riverside property or attempting to sell a home for the best price. With such large estate agent numbers however the homeowner and home seeker is often left befuddled by the choice of agencies, hopefully the following information will help these people to select the right service.

Choosing an estate agent is a difficult decision making process that must take into account a variety of disparate factors. When involved in the process it is vital to consider the following:

Whether you have used an agent in the past and received a good service; if this is the case it may well be worth utilising their services again.

Whether the agent responds to your calls and emails quickly and is able to answer any questions effectively and succinctly pertaining to your property and other properties in the area.

Whether they are able to use the internet to advertise your property, as well as how quickly they are able to list your house on various websites. It is also important for them to be members of certain property portal sites.

The length of time that the estate agent has been operating in the local area; this is because the longer an agency has been in operation, the better their understanding of the local property situation and the types of properties that will be available on the market.

If the agent already has a list of buyers lined up for your property once it enters the market. Additionally, it is worth finding out if what actions the agency will undertake should buyers prove hard to find.

In most cases it is usually better to choose a high quality service over a cheap price. As with most things in life you get what you pay for and the cheaper the agent, the less likely it is that they will put a great deal of effort into selling your property.

Most agents should be able to identify your property's best features on instinct. Naturally your input should be included in the process, but if the agent refuses to listen to your opinion, another agent may be more suitable.

Finally it is important to ask the agent what qualifications and experience they have at selling property, in most cases the most experienced and hence knowledgeable agent will be worth using. As an adjunct to this, it is also worth asking whether the estate agent is a member of any of the industry's regulating bodies such as the National Association of Estate agents. Membership of these bodies is not compulsory although members should follow a set of principles enshrined in the association's codes of practice.

After considering these points it should be possible to find the perfect agent for your purposes. This advice does not purely relate to the city of Cambridge but can be applied all over the country and even worldwide. Selling and buying property can be an emotive process and hence having the right agent can make this process far easier and less stressful.
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Property expert Thomas Pretty looks at estate agent Cambridge services and advises consumers on how to choose an agency in the area.
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