Very few people buy a house on its property merits alone – its location is almost, if not more, important. So if you’re selling a property, you want to make the most of its location features, particularly if you’re selling in the vibrant, thriving Manchester area. Read more »
Online estate agents can offer a lot more than good value. As well as low fees, using an online agent means total convenience; you’re free to manage the sale yourself and on your own time, with all the support you need. This ‘DIY’ aspect of property sales is what sets online agents apart from traditional high street agents, but in 2014, when Purplebricks entered the market, a new term was coined: ‘hybrid agent’. Read more »
If you’re considering selling property through an online estate agent, you’ve probably heard a few of the main names either on TV, in the media, or maybe in conversation. You might be familiar with the name HouseSimple, but what does it offer, and is it any good? Read more »
One of the main reasons property sellers opt for an online estate agent is the major savings on offer. Depending on the value of your property, you could save thousands in sales fees, compared to a traditional high street estate agent. But even though online estate agent package prices can be much lower than those charged by high street names, they’re still an expense, which can be a problem is you’re dealing with cashflow issues. Read more »
Savvy-shoppers know they should always consider their options before making a purchase, which is why so many comparison services exist. They allow you to find the product or service that’s right for you – and our online estate agent comparison tool is no exception. But sometimes more than one service fits your needs, which is where our head-to-head tables come in. Read more »
Birmingham is known as the UK’s ‘second city’, and with a population surpassing one million its property market is one of the busiest in the country. So if you’re looking to sell in or around Birmingham, you’ll certainly have your choice when it comes to estate agents. Read more »
The word ‘value’ can have many meanings when it comes to property. Some people put a huge amount of value in their homes because of the memories they associate with it. Some people might assign value to a property because of features that are important to them, such as a garage or a home-office, while others might not care about these things, thus reducing the value of the property in that person’s eyes. Read more »
When you’re selling a property you want to be sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible, and if you choose to use an agent, you want to know your sale is in good hands. There are lots of reasons sellers choose a particular agent. Perhaps they’re long-established, have a good reputation or they’re simply conveniently located to you. One thing’s for sure, though, you want them to have a good understanding of your area in Liverpool. Read more »
We use the internet for almost everything nowadays. Whether it’s doing the weekly shop, booking a holiday or making a hair appointment, the internet is our go-to for getting things done. Why would house-hunting be any different? Once upon a time buyers relied on shop windows and the local paper for scouting out potential homes, but now between 80% and 90% of buyers do their research online. Read more »
Everyone’s familiar with the phrase ‘location, location, location’. When it comes to property, the neighbourhood it’s in is just as, if not more, important than the property itself. So when you’re selling your property in Essex you’ll want to make the most of its geographical advantages, whether that’s the sea views of Frinton, the transport links of Dagenham or the enchanting scenery of Saffron Walden. Read more »
Viewings are one of the most vital aspects of the property selling process, so it’s important to get them right. Many sellers using an online estate agent are happy to conduct these viewings themselves – it can be cheaper and, for some, more convenient. But for those who don’t have the time or inclination to meet buyers, online estate agents that do hosted viewings can be invaluable. Read more »
Not long ago selling a property was seen as stressful, time-consuming and expensive, but the rise of online estate agents is beginning to do away with these downsides – particularly the high costs. Traditional high street estate agents charge around 1.5% of the cost of the sale, plus VAT of 20% on top. Read more »
There are lots of elements involved in selling a property, but one of the most important parts is the viewing. After all, this is where potential buyers get to ‘look at the goods’, whether an investment property or their forever home. Read more »
One of the biggest reasons property sellers choose an online estate agent is because they can represent significant savings compared to high street estate agents. Sell with a high street agent and you’ll receive a bill (often rather hefty) once the deal has completed. Read more »
Hiring an online estate agent and conducting your own viewings cuts out the expensive middleman and can make the whole process of selling your property cheaper and often more convenient. Some DIY online sellers also believe that the personal touch can help to secure a sale – after all, who knows your property and local area like you do? Read more »
It’s no secret that high street estate agents are big fans of the hard sell, and part of their deal-closing arsenal is a seemingly endless dictionary of clichés and buzzwords, all designed to captivate the imaginations of would-be buyers. But what does their descriptive nonsense really mean? Read more »
With so many online estate agents on the market it can be difficult to know which is right for you. Our online estate agent comparison tool makes it easy to discover which ones fit your needs, but what about the finer detail? Our head-to-head compares two individual online agents so you can get to grips with the details of their services. Read more »
Foxtons is almost as synonymous with the London urban landscape as The Shard or Big Ben. Its green liveried Minis seem to be on every road, and its trendy bar-like offices (reportedly costing £600,000 to kit out) seemingly on every major high street corner, each offering complimentary Perrier to inquisitive property buyers and sellers alike. Read more »
Trustpilot is a leading reviews site and the ratings provider of choice for SellingUp.com’s online estate agent comparison.
With 26 million reviews of 150,000+ companies, Trustpilot has refined a system for turning feedback and reviews into a ‘TrustScore’ so that every business can be ranked according to customer satisfaction. How then do online estate agents fare – and compare – in this online beauty competition in which customer service is key? Read more »
You’ve heard about online estate agents. You know they represent a cost-effective, convenient alternative to traditional agents and you know they could save you thousands when it comes to selling your property.
But the chances are you’ve only heard of the main players; the larger established companies such as eMoov, YOPA and HouseSimple. It’s down to the success of companies like these that a raft of smaller, niche competitor online agents have emerged. Read more »
It’s a difficult time to be a landlord. Increased red tape, fewer tax breaks and growing economic uncertainty means the buy-to-let bubble – which once offered lucrative financial gains for property investors – is on its way to bursting (or at the very least, deflating). One of the biggest changes faced by landlords in recent times is the so-called ‘landlord tax’. Read more »
We can thank the internet for a lot of things, but one of the biggest benefits of life in the digital age is the sheer amount of choice we have in almost every aspect of living. There are countless options for shopping and travel, not to mention eating and even dating – and it’s no different when it comes to selling property. Read more »
When it comes to selling your property, your number one priority is probably going to be getting the best price possible for it, and spending as little money as possible doing so.
It’s no surprise, then, that many sellers consider selling privately. A private property sale eliminates estate agent fees, which even at a relatively low-sounding average 1.5% can end up running into the thousands of pounds. Read more »
It’s always sensible to consider your options, especially when it comes to something as big as selling property – that’s why we designed our online estate agent comparison tool, which lets you find the right online agent based on your own criteria. Of course, sometimes more than one agent will tick all your boxes, so comparing them head-to-head will let you look at the finer detail before you make your decision. Read more »
The founder and CEO of online estate agent eMoov has given his view on what effect the snap general election on June 8, 2017 might have on the UK property market.
In this video, Russell Quirk talks through the results of a survey of 1000 people by eMoov which asked if the calling of the election would deter them from listing a home or buying a home. Read more »
Why use a fixed fee online estate agent? There are lots of reasons: convenience, speed, control, and of course, savings.
Traditional estate agents charge around 1.5% + VAT, which can easily add several thousand pounds onto the cost of selling a property. Fixed fee online estate agents, however, charge a considerably lower flat fee – and VAT is already included. Read more »
Selling a property has long been viewed as a long-winded and laborious process, but thanks to the rise of online estate agents, there is the very real prospect that sellers could be signing on the dotted line faster than ever before.
In fact, according to research by Which? properties sell on average 38 days faster through an online estate agent than a traditional agent, thanks largely to the technology they use to streamline the process. Read more »
An exclusive survey by SellingUp.com has revealed the property related services most – and least – likely to be recommended by word of mouth.
The survey, conducted with online polling firm Toluna, asked 1,000 UK residents which services they had ever used and whether they would recommend the company. Twenty sectors were covered, spanning a range of services to do with buying/selling, refurbishing, maintaining and managing residential property. Read more »
Estate agents were among the hardest hit stocks immediately following the Brexit vote on June 23, 2016 with investors panicking about the impact of leaving the EU on future property transaction volumes.
Several months later, the picture for the majority of London Stock Exchange estate agents would – to use their language – benefit from considerable improvement.
Of the four agencies listed on the FTSE main index, only Savills (SVS) has fully recovered from the sector’s Brexit bear market. Read more »
Back in autumn 2015 a new online estate agent called Homeseller.com launched with an advert during ITV’s prime time The X-Factor, which is among the most expensive TV slots going.
The ad was directed by Oscar nominated Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev) and starred well known actress Sarah Parish (Cutting It, W1A, Broadchurch) who played a female Sherlock Holmes who solved mysteries surrounding property sales. Read more »
Our exclusive dream home survey reveals the 18 features that will make your property more desirable to buyers – plus two that probably won’t…
After location, size and condition, it’s a property’s special features that are the key to selling it quickly and for a great price.
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The main reason why online estate agents are taking off in the UK is the low fixed fees they charge compared with high street estate agent commissions. There are huge savings to be made for many property sellers – but vendors usually have to accept an element of risk too, notably paying the online agent’s fee upfront. Read more »
Damp is one of the most serious issues that can arise in a property survey and as such can have a major impact on saleability. Whether the damp that your buyer’s survey refers to is actually present or there is simply reference to a potential problem, the mere mention of ‘the D word’ could be enough to scare them off – or provide the perfect excuse for a substantially reduced offer price. Read more »
A self-confessed Harry Potter geek has combined his life working in estate agency with his love of J.K. Rowling’s books by creating a painstakingly detailed fictional property valuation of Hogwarts. Alex Phillips, 28, who works for online estate agent YOPA, said he decided to have a “major geek-out” after wondering how much the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardary would be worth as a piece of property on the open market. Read more »
Any experienced property hunter knows the routine: you’ve flipped through numerous photos online, forensically examined countless floorplans and eventually after a bit of shall we/shan’t we you’ve decided: “this one’s worth a look.” Read more »
When charity manager Mike Freeman decided to sell his east London flat he put his faith in an up-and-coming online estate agent with a plan to market his property on Facebook, and he says the outcome was “an absolute result.” First time seller Mike, 31, signed up with SellMyHome.co.uk after reading that online estate agents could save him money by charging a low fixed fee. Read more »
A survey for SellingUp.com has revealed that the end of full mortgage interest tax relief – known as ‘Section 24’ – is the greatest investment deterrent among all of the Government’s recent ‘anti-landlord’ policies. Read more »
If you ask someone to name an ‘online estate agent’ there’s a fair chance they will say something like “oh, you mean like Purplebricks?” And they would be right – sort of. But strictly speaking Purplebricks isn’t an online estate agent – it actually calls itself a hybrid agent. A hybrid agent shares features of both online-only agencies and traditional high street agents, claiming to offer property sellers the best of both worlds. Read more »
A legal campaign to overturn the Government’s controversial ‘tenant tax’ has taken a step forward with the announcement that a hearing will take place on September 14/15. The campaign to reverse plans to phase out mortgage interest tax relief for private landlords has QC Cherie Blair at the helm of the legal team. Read more »
Research from an estate agent software tool has revealed that users are most likely to request property valuations online between 2pm and 5pm. Read more »
UK mortgage interest rates have fallen rapidly in recent months and will continue to drop throughout the year, according to financial information service Moneyfacts. Read more »
Purplebricks may be the dominant leader in the online estate agency market but niche competitor SellMyHome could boast that it owns the premium end of the market. Research by SellingUp.com shows that properties for sale with Purplebricks have an average asking price of £285,223 compared with SellMyHome at £696,967. Read more »
Online estate agent easyProperty has created a guide to advise landlords about the consequences of failing to organize essential documents before they let a property. According to easyProperty, depending on the documentation neglected, consequences could involve large fines – as much as £6000 for failure to provide a Gas Safety Certificate – as well as difficulties when it comes to evicting tenants. Read more »
YOPA, the fast-growing hybrid online estate agent, is planning a high profile autumn advertising campaign to boost awareness of their service offer, increase market share and drive up leads. The campaign will run across online and offline media, and is expected to attract significant interest and awareness in a growing digital offer in the estate agency business. Read more »
UK online estate agent Settled has secured a £1m investment, including cash from Silicon Valley firm 500 Startups. Investment vehicle 500 Startups was founded by a former marketing director for PayPal and has put an undisclosed sum into Settled to add to an investment already made by Thomas Teichman, a serial investor with a reputation for spotting the next big thing. Read more »