As the housing marketing continues to gain momentum, so too is the number of people choosing to sell their home online. As the world continues to evolve digitally, it’s perhaps no wonder that there has been a rise in online estate agents, providing those selling their homes with a number of exciting options.
To start with, the pricing between high-street estate agents and online companies is vastly different. The average charges for a high-street agent are between 1.5% and 2%, creating fees of £6,000 on a £300,000 property, compared to the flat-rate fee of between £250 and £1,000 for online agents. But what other benefits can homeowners expect when selling their home online with companies like House Network?
Because so many people are turning to the Internet to find their next dream home, it’s important that your property is as visible as possible online. Gaining advertising space on online property sites will make sure you’re getting the exposure you need for your property, and that these online agents are doing the hard work for you. For example, many of those searching for a property will have created email alerts, so as soon your property goes online it will be sent to all of those interested in your particular area.
It is worth bearing in mind that many of the leading portals, such as Rightmove and Zoopla, won’t take listings from independent people selling their home but many online agents will offer these listings as an additional extra. And, with so many people starting their search on these websites, it may be worthwhile investing a little more to ensure you get this great exposure. Always check with various companies to see what’s included in their fees.
You’re in Control
Some online estate agents won’t offer help with viewings or negotiations, and you won’t be able to get these if you list your property independently, however, this gives you much more control over your property. OK, so an estate agent isn’t going to be showing potential buyers around your home but if anyone knows the selling points of the property, it’s going to be you!
Other DIY things you may have to do is draw up a floorplan, take your own photographs, put up your own ‘For Sale’ sign, and so on, but with the great savings available, putting in a few extra hours yourself might just be worth it.