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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SecomTech
SecomTech 22 Jun 2017

AT Last...This was discussed years ago and there was a move towards landlords registering their bad tenants on a database..(can't remember where) It seems a logical step though our leaders will probably...

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Bertrand
Bertrand 02 Jun 2017

How about the Welsh Govt introducing a scheme to protect landlords against "rogue" tenants who are then taken to court for criminal damage to the properties they trash. Pretty unlikely I suspect and politically...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 25 May 2017

"Please don't pick a novelty tune-playing doorbell. They're not 'fun'. They're stupid." Laughed a lot to this. It's actually true, though.

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Oliver Conway
Oliver Conway 18 May 2017

Making a neat inventory is a good idea, but if the seller is not willing to provide it, can the buyer demand it?

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Bertrand
Bertrand 17 May 2017

First step to nationalisation of the private rented sector IMHO. Nanny state poking their noses into things yet again. I object, as a decent landlord, sometimes having to deal with some pretty awful tenants,...

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Izzy
Izzy 16 May 2017

This is such a great a post. I love the detail you've gone into. It's a very useful article for helping those who are looking at deciding which sector they would like to go into! When I first started investing...

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paul burnham
paul burnham 30 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's pledge that a Labour government would build 500,000 new council houses must electrify the general election campaign. Reliance on markets and the profit motive has brought huge housing-related...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 28 Apr 2017

Sadiq Khan?s announcement of an online database of landlords and letting agents who have been convicted of housing offences, appears on face value to be a variation of the already implemented Database

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warren
warren 26 Apr 2017

You're very welcome Mary! Glad you enjoyed them :)

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Mary Ward
Mary Ward 26 Apr 2017

Thank you for the wonderful ideas. First impressions can make or break a deal. It's sadly that many homeowners drop the kerb to create an off-street parking space.

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 14 Apr 2017

I'm not at all surprised that so many landlords are still confused about what the tax changes really mean and how it will affect them. In particular, the blind rush to incorporation is leaving landlords...

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MH
MH 13 Apr 2017

You are right that the bank holidays are going to be spoiled in looking for the properties. But people who want to sell their property and looking for the better relocation, they can get benefits of this...

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