An estate agent is a professional who works with home sellers and buyers to help them navigate the real estate process. They offer support and guidance, arranging viewings, and connecting clients with legal and financial professionals. They also advertise and promote properties, negotiating sales prices and terms with clients.

How to choose an Estate Agent

When you’re selling a property, you’ll want an estate agent who is well-connected in the local area and has a track record of success. This will ensure that your house is sold quickly and at a good price. Check their reputation online and in the local press, ask for references from past clients and talk to your friends, family or neighbours about their experiences with a particular estate agent.

Your agent will be responsible for advertising and promoting your property, so make sure you’re happy with their marketing plans. This includes making sure the property is correctly described in their brochures and on the big property websites – Rightmove and Zoopla – so potential buyers can see it.

They should have a professional photographer come and take photos of your property, including your garden and the front of your house. These images are crucial to attracting views from interested parties and a high-quality, professional set of pictures is essential to getting people through your door for viewings.

Then, they’ll create a comprehensive brochure with your property listed for sale on it. This should be sent to potential buyers and be visible in their shop window too.

After a prospective buyer has shown interest in your property, the agent will arrange for a viewing to be organised. During the visit, the agent will answer any questions they may have and guide them around your home to see it for themselves.

Once you’ve found a buyer, the agent will then negotiate a contract with the buyer on your behalf. They’ll make sure you receive a fair price for your home and will make the arrangements to complete the sale, overseeing the legal side of things.

They’ll handle any issues that arise throughout the purchase and will be responsible for organising repairs. They can also help you find a mortgage lender or conveyancer to transfer the title of your property to the new owners.

Lastly, they can provide you with advice on how to get the best deal on your home insurance and mortgage. A lot of agents will work closely with mortgage lenders and insurance providers to help you get the best rate and cover for your new home.

If you’re looking to sell your home, a good estate agent should be able to give you an accurate appraisal of the value of your property. They’ll draw on their knowledge of the local property market, sold prices of similar homes in your area and the Land Registry to give you an expert view on how much your home is worth.