If you know anything of the real estate business and you haven’t been living under a rock, you would have heard of a new little sub industry that has emerged known as; online estate agents. Yes, that’s right, you’re now able to sell your massive house while sitting in chair behind your computer screen. The premise is simple, you enter the details of your property, pay a one off fee (usually) and your property is then listed on sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla, which have become the go-to portals for anyone looking to purchase a property.
These companies have gained traction in recent years as many major industries moved over to the online world. With the recent success, new online estate agents, like CastleSmart have emerged working on a one off fee basis.
With thousands of customers they must be doing something right, or maybe a few things. Here are 10 reasons why you should use an online estate agent over a traditional agent.
Online estate agents offer a fee which is much lower than a high street agents usually 1.5% minimum commission. While the prices do vary site to site, most do not even charge over £1000 regardless of the value of the property.
Everything is so much better when it can be done from the comfort of your own home. As much as we all love visiting and sitting down with our local estate agents, it seems a much more enjoyable home selling experience in your own chair, in your own house.
Nowadays everyone leads extremely busy lives, where there isn’t a spare second to do the things that we really want to do, so how will we make time to do things we don’t want to? Like visiting an estate agent. Using an online estate agent cuts out that entire process and can have you property listed on the market within minutes.
As with most physical businesses, closing time is around 5pm, which is also the time that many finish work. This doesn’t leave much of a window for the average joe to get down to the estate agents. Online estate agents work on a 24/7 rota, meaning that you’re able to sell or let your property at any point in the day.
Most appraisers and estate agents charge a fortune for them to give your property a valuations, while our very own online estate agents offer professional property valuations free of charge.
We can’t be happy go-lucky extroverts everyday, there are days when we feel like talking to no one. In these days it’s great to have the option of being able to carry out important tasks, like putting a property on the market without having to discuss with anyone.
Normally when selling a property with a traditional estate agent you’re bind into a contract which means you’re stuck selling your home with this agent no matter what. When selling or letting with an online estate agent, there are no contracts or tie ins.
The world is changing. Over 90% of home buyers now begin their search online, which means your property needs to be online.
When visiting a traditional agent, several forms and contracts need to be filled in to get your property on the market and this only occurs post initial discussion. Using an online agent, a simple form is filled in and your property could be on the market within minutes.
Selling or letting a house is a stressful ordeal and you may have questions at any point within the day. Of course, you’ll only be able to receive support from high street agents within their working hours, however, some online estate agents offer 24 hour support.