Whether you are selling or renting a property, finding a reliable and trustworthy agent might seem like a tough task. Contrary what you think, not all agencies are the same, some of them will be more effective than others. If you are in a hurry, then you need a competent estate agent who will find you a place in matter of days. You may think this is too fast, but estate agents who are experts take this job very seriously. So, here are some tips that will help you select the best estate agent on the market.
Traditional or online agency
A traditional full-service agency has offices you can visit and take care of every stage of renting process. In most cases, they work in no-rent, no-fee basis. So, if they don’t find you a place to rent, then they won’t change for their services. On the other hand, online agencies don’t have premises you can visit, and they will charge you a fee, regardless of your situation. There might be additional charges if the rent takes place and you might need to deal with a lot of paperwork by yourself. In most case, people use traditional estate agencies over online.
Make a short list of estate agents
You should create a list of six agents you would consider hiring. You can also ask friends and family if they would recommend someone. You can check out the website OnTheMarket.com when you can find listing agents in your area. Keep in mind that all agents need to belong to Ombudsman scheme for dealing with unsolved complaints and some of them even belong to NAEA Propertymark or RICS. Remember that all estate agents you are thinking of hiring should be operating to codes of conduct that will ensure you are dealt with professionally.
Narrow down the choice
When you select the most appropriate agents, visit their website to find out more about them. You might find valuable information here, such as stuff, the range of services and perhaps some comments from the customers. Look at their listing for sale and rent, do they match your demands and requirements and would you be happy to hire their services. You should check whether the agent advertises properties on one significant portal such as OnTheMarket.com. This will help you to narrow down the choice to two or three estate agents.
Ask a lot of questions
Once you determine what estate agents match your criteria, try to get to know them better. Set up an interview and ask them as many questions as you can. For example, how are they going to help you find a flat, or what type of properties they are listing, or how can you find a flat if you are on a budget.