Lack of sound estate agency advice could cost sellers thousands of pounds

Lack of sound estate agency advice could cost sellers thousands of pounds

New research from Nottingham Building Society has suggested that a lack of sound estate agency advice could potentially cost homeowners thousands of pounds.

The nationwide study found 41% of homeowners, who have sold a house in the past five years, said the price they finally sold for was lower than their original target. It also showed that around one in 12 had to settle for a considerably lower price than they had originally hoped for.

The Nottingham’s research found sellers in London easily beat the national trend – just 6% of them had to accept a price reduction while in Yorkshire & Humberside around 56% ended up with less than they had expected.


Around one in four (25%) of people who tried to sell during the past five years, did not complete the deal, the study shows.

Su Snaith, Head of Estate Agency at The Nottingham, said: “Price is not all that matters when you are selling your house but it can be absolutely vital if you are relying on a certain price for your next purchase, which means realistic valuations are essential. The research emphasises the need for independent advice focusing on what is important for sellers at the start of the process and particularly so when so many are taking substantial price cuts.

At The Nottingham (which has Harrison Murray Estate Agency and Nottingham Estate Agency as part of its business), we discuss at the start what is most important to a client. That can include achieving the best price or making a quick sale. We also have specialist sales progressors to ensure the sale runs smoothly.”

The picture around the country on how many had to take price cuts and how many achieved higher prices than expected is shown below.

REGION

HAD TO TAKE A PRICE CUT

ACHIEVED A HIGHER PRICE THAN EXPECTED

LONDON

6%

56%

WALES

17%

42%

SCOTLAND

27%

43%

EAST ANGLIA

39%

39%

NORTHERN IRELAND

40%

20%

WEST MIDLANDS

41%

20%

EAST MIDLANDS

42%

25%

SOUTH EAST

44%

19%

NORTH EAST

50%

6%

NORTH WEST

55%

10%

SOUTH WEST

55%

17%

YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE

57%

14%

UK

41%

27%

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  1. Tony GimpleTony Gimple27 November 2016 10:33:38

    It's not just the lack of estate agency advice that's costing landlords money; most are getting seriously bad advice from their accountants resulting in tax bills far higher than they need to be. Likewise, the mad rush to incorporation has serious tax consequences that landlords are not being told about.

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