Local or Online Estate Agent? Who do you choose?

Reasons why you should use a local agent to sell property

Ready to put your home on the market but choosing the right estate agent is getting too overwhelming. What about an online agent? Should you pay for an upfront fee?Or do you approach a high street agent with an established physical presence in their local community, years of experience and unparalleled sales knowledge?

We’ve put together some reasons why Lawler and Co think a local high street estate agent is best, and in many cases provides better value for money than other offerings.

Getting the best Price!

Ever heard the saying you get what you pay for? Well, when it comes to estate agents, the same principle applies. In fact, plumping for the cheapest upfront option might be a false economy because it may cost you money in the long run.

Why? With the right tools and unrivalled street-by-street knowledge of an area, nothing beats an established local agent.   We don’t just sit back and let the sale take care of itself because we’ve already been paid, as is sometimes the case with DIY or very low-cost agents. We use our expertise and in depth local knowledge to achieve the highest possible sales amount for your property.

We have an up-to-date database of local buyers who are looking for specifics such as proximity to the local schools, transport links and leisure facilities. When a well-matched property is on our books, we’ll proactively approach people who we think would be interested in viewing it. Having access to this sort of local data can make all the difference when it comes to selling a property for the right price.  Some one popping into one of our offices and having a chat can also offer this opportunity!

Viewings are a must!

Viewings are one of the most crucial aspects of selling a property and while some people are comfortable in showing would-be buyers around their home, others have neither the time nor the inclination. True, some online estate agents do offer accompanied viewings but you’ll typically have to pay extra for the privilege. With all things currently restricted due to Covid19, we are now happy to provide 360 virtual tours of properties.

Check that your online agent is prepared to negotiate on your behalf: many don’t and will leave it up to you. You’ll have to decide if you’re absolutely comfortable in squeezing your buyer for the asking price you want or handling any last-minute paperwork problems.

Think Local

Choosing to market your property through a local estate agent opens up a network of trusted community contacts and services – from builders and tradespeople to conveyancers and independent mortgage advisers, all of whom will be happy to meet you face-to-face. It also means you won’t have to hand over one of the most important decisions of your life to someone on the other side of a computer.

Those hidden extras

Upfront fees may seem tempting at first glance but check very carefully to see if there aren’t any hidden extras, all of which can soon mount up.  Some agents charging extra for photography, ‘for sale’ boards and, as mentioned previously, viewings.

An unbeatable combination

It’s said that not having a physical shop front and operating purely online is the future of estate agency. With over 20 years of experience in selling homes in Hazel Grove, Marple, Poynton and surrounding areas we know that having an accessible office that’s bright, welcoming and modern attracts footfall. We’re happy to be a focal point in our local community and having a physical location where people can drop by, chat to the team and find out what’s new on our books is incredibly important.

That doesn’t mean that we neglect our online presence, however. We advertise on many online platforms and like to also use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The difference is that, unlike a purely online estate agent, we don’t solely rely on these property portals to achieve sales. We like to think we offer the best of all worlds.

Our local knowledge together with our professional, dedicated sales team and marketing expertise means that our clients can feel confident and assured, you have chosen the correct estate agent to give you detailed accurate market advise on preparing your property for sale or rent for the best price

If you would like to speak to a member of our team and find out what your home is worth, please contact one of the offices below

Marple Office

36 Stockport Road
Marple
Stockport
SK6 6AB

Tel: 0161 914 7620
marple@lawlerandcompany.co.uk

Hazel Grove Office

128 London Road
Hazel Grove
Stockport
SK7 4DJ

Tel: 0161 300 7144
hazelgrove@lawlerandcompany.co.uk

Poynton Office

60 Park Lane
Poynton
Cheshire
SK12 1RE

Tel: 01625 448 001
poynton@lawlerandcompany.co.uk

Letting Agent Fees to Tenants

The date for when letting agent fees to tenants are to be banned, is yet to be announced.

Since the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond’s, announcement in the Autumn Budget that fees to tenants are to be abolished, there have been mixed responses. For tenants and lobby groups including Generation Rent and the charity Shelter, the announcement has been celebrated. For lettings agents and industry bodies such as ARLA, the response has been less than enthusiastic. Even amongst landlords the response has caused mixed reactions.

David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark has called the Governments Housing Policy “shambolic” and said that by banning fees to tenants, something even David Cameron’s Government refrained from doing, overall costs to tenants will increase. Mr. Cox said “independent analysis launched by ARLA Propertymark’s annual Conference last week revealed that if an outright ban was introduced, rents will increase by £103 per year”. This is due to the knock on effect of agents charging landlords higher fees to compensate for their losses and landlords in-turn increasing their rents.

However, the rationale on banning these fees is stated in paragraph 47 of the Consultation Paper which was published on the 7th April 2017. This states that “Whilst most lettings and management agents provide a reputable service, a minority of agents offer a poor service and engage in unacceptable practices” and continues to declare Shelters 2013 report, which reported nearly 1 in 4 tenants in England and Wales felt that they had been charged unfair tenant fees, as a contributing factor.

The ban on letting agent fees to tenants is currently in a public consultation, launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which ends on the 2nd June 2017. After this date, further announcements for how and when the ban will be implemented will follow.

  Article by Eleanor Finch, Lettings Manager