isnt pickle an estate agent?
could be the guy to ask.
Yep, I'm an estate and letting agent
With most estate agents, you get what you pay for. So, a low fee normally equates to an average service.
Always best to go with an independent estate agent, not a big corporate who is owned by someone else. The corporates generally have targets to meet on business levels, so you would just end up being a small fish in a big pond to them. You may be able to drive a hard bargain on fees with them, but they will tie you in to a long sole agency period and within a few weeks loose interest in your house. With an independent you will get a more personal service as they will not be working to targets and have less costly overheads. Ok, you may pay a slightly higher fee with them, but itâ€™ll be worth it.
Look for an agent who is a member of the National Association of Estate Agents, as they will be working to a strict code of conduct and practice. Look for the NAEA logo, as to be a member you have to pass strict examinations.
Fee wise, you will have 3 scales depending on whether you want sole agency (tied in with just the one agent), joint agency (2 agents) or multi agency (3 or more). Fees also depend on the service you want from your agent, and of course their policy on the new Home Information Pack legislation. Most agents will look for 12 minimum sole agency, but will not look for any â€˜on topâ€™ fees for additional advertising.
In my patch, fee structures are as follows. Sole, 1-1.95%, joint 1.95-2.95% and multi 3%+. Most agents offer the HIP within their fee, but can charge a withdrawal fee.
If you need any more advise, let me know.
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