Estate agent top tips for buyers and sellers

Estate agent top tips for buyers and sellers

For would-be buyers who have spent months saving for a deposit, or sellers holding fire when it comes to putting their property on the market, 2017 is the time to get moving.

While Spring is traditionally a busy time when it comes to moving house, the start of a new year can prompt people to think about taking action early to stay one step ahead of the crowd.

With a few simple tips and words of advice, particularly with so much to think about during the buying and selling process, Harrison Murray Estate Agency and Nottingham Estate Agency (both part of the Nottingham Building Society) have a checklist to help people along the way.

Tips for sellers

1. Set a realistic asking price based on the valuation given by your agent. If your price is too high potential buyers won't come and view it.

2. Keep your home clean and clutter free - and that includes the garden. It may seem like a chore but a tidy home and outdoor space will make a good impression on buyers.

3. Take viewings at any time. Buyers can sometimes request a viewing at short notice. Unless you have a really good reason for saying 'no', don't! Be prepared to allow them to come at any reasonable time and don't miss an opportunity.

4. Get your finances sorted from the outset and be clear on how much you can afford to take on your existing home and how much you can spend on your next property.

5. Start the search for your new home by looking around and comparing what's on the market and stick to something in your price range.


Tips for buyers

1. Do your homework. Check out the location you want to move to and tell your agent which area you really like to narrow the search and timescale. Be specific about your needs - do you want a garage/would you be happy with a smaller garden/do you want to be within walking distance of local amenities?

2. Get financially prepared and be sure of how much you can afford to spend before putting in an offer. Think about any budget needed for alterations.

3. Don't view too many properties or you may forget what you have seen at the outset. Try and have a shortlist based on your requirements.

4. Don't dither making an offer if you've found the property of your dreams. If it's right for you then go for it and don't run the risk of losing out to another buyer.

5. Make an offer. Don't be afraid to make a reasonable offer. Your agent should be able to guide you on what the seller might accept, but the level of the offer remains the decision of the potential buyer.

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 09 Dec 2017

Linking professionalism to limited company borrowing is a flawed concept. Despite S24 etc., limited companies are the most tax inefficient way of running a property business and leave borrowers seriously...

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

It's normal. If you plan to buy a house in one of the most beautiful spots in the country you should pay a high price.

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

I think that the situation will be the same at December.

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What has not been mentioned here is the effect of not only higher interest payments, but also that these payments are less likely to be offsettable as a business cost due to the scaling back of mortgage...

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Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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