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    Online Estate Agents - any good?

    I have a house to sale: Worth at the house price peak £250k, now around £180k-200k.

    Selling the house as quickly as possible but as cheaply (not cash rich atm) is the best option: I know this so don't ask me why or how it came to be etc. Looked at lots of different estate agents, weighed up the pros and cons and selling it private or sending it to auction.

    I've decided against auction and private selling - a good inbetween road seems online estate agents - like hatched.co.uk/ which I could use and only spend £400 + VAT. All I wanna do it make sure it appears on rightmove and I can access some detail by the web rather than phoning for updates.

    I can't seem to find any reviews of these estate agents, can they be any worse than the ones I've grown to hate while renting all my life? Any advice will be much appreciated.

    7 Comments

    Original Poster

    Supermod

    Online agencies are ok but be careful with how long you are tied into their agreement for and what you get for your money (where is property advertised, what boards etc). It might be an idea to pop an advert in your local paper as well.

    Original Poster

    Well hatched for example - on the option I'd go for have no tie in. Max tie in I'll allow is 1 week anyway.

    Supermod

    Well online agencies are a good way of cutting down on expenses. Although, many high street agents also have solicitors fees included in the commission.

    Original Poster

    One thing I ain't gonna skimp on is the solicitor - I want it independant of the agent and not run from a call centre.

    Supermod

    geeadamg;3307801

    One thing I ain't gonna skimp on is the solicitor - I want it independant … One thing I ain't gonna skimp on is the solicitor - I want it independant of the agent and not run from a call centre.



    You can pretty much dictate the solicitors fee in the current climate (to a certain extent) but you should check first of all that your buyer has an adequate solicitor. There is no point instructing the best if your buyers solicitor is based behind 1,000 people in India.

    Original Poster

    Well I've discussed it with the other executers and we its pretty much go for hatched. I'll report back how good they are.

    I've read their terms and double checked they do what they say they do and I'm happy. Most I can lose is £235 if they are pants which in the grand scheme of things and compared to others I may end up taking a risk on, is nothing!
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