When choosing the right estate agent for you it’s certainly worth finding out how accurate their valuations are. A good agent should be able to tell you what percentage of their original asking price they actually achieve on average for their clients, as well as how long they took to find a buyer against national averages.
You should also ask the person valuing your property if they are going to be carrying out the viewings or if they are going to be involved in the sale once they have walked out the front door – all too often the agent valuing your property is paid when you sign the firms contract rather than when they sell your property.
As an independent agency, we have the flexibility to adopt whatever approach we feel if of greatest benefit to our clients. Without the constraints of corporate standardisation, our values are more likely to be a reflection of our own aspirations.
If you were to analyse the approach we take to estate agency and business generally, you’d find us to be highly personable and empathetic to the needs of our clients, that we have time to listen with interest and that we believe passionately in providing straight-talking, good advice that is responsibly realistic rather than insincerely flattering.
Ultimately the critical part is to select your estate agent on the strength of their service, reputation and marketing plan - not simply on their valuation or commission rate. After all, you’re going to be working in partnership with them, so choose the agent you prefer!