How to Choose the Right Estate Agent When Buying a Property in London

How to Choose the Right Estate Agent When Buying a Property in London

 

Buying a property in London can turn into a real headache if you don’t have a good estate agent in your corner. In addition, this decision can be more difficult than the majority of people expect. 

The London housing industry is over-saturated with estate agents, each trying to get an edge over the competition. Although, this oversaturation can oftentimes lead to people not knowing who to go with and making for an extremely difficult decision. 

In this article, we will be going through some of the key points you will need to know in order to choose the right estate agent for you, in hopes of them being able to find you your dream home. 

 

Experience Reigns Supreme 

 

As with the majority of things, oftentimes experience can trump everything else. This is even more applicable when it comes to estate agents due to all the bells and whistles that certain firms may front in hopes of getting an edge over the competition. However, the best thing you can do is not fall for unrealistic promises or sophisticated degrees, but instead, opt for an estate agency that is tried and true. 

There are many reasons why this is the case, but the main notable points are that experienced estate agents often have the best knowledge surrounding London's housing industry as well as having good business practices. 

Estate agent firms constantly rise and fall, so if one firm has been able to stay on top of the curve longer than the rest, there must be a reason why this is the case. 

Experienced estate agents will not only have the best knowledge about the London housing industry, but they will also be able to help you find the best home for you.  

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Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out

 

When you are on the search for an estate agent one of the best things you can do is to just reach out to each firm and get a feel for how they operate. By just having a simple phone call or quick meeting you can find out a wide array of important evaluations such as if they conduct themselves in a professional manner, if they are easy to get along with / friendly, and most importantly, if they seem like they have a good grasp and expertise surrounding their given field. 

Most estate agents will be more than happy just to have a quick chat even if you aren't certain you will decide to go with them. So, don’t hesitate to give them a call. 

In addition, another way you can find out if an estate agent is right for you is by simply asking around. Ask friends and family around London if they have any idea which firm would be good to go to or if they have heard of any reputable companies. More often than not, they will be able to give you a few recommendations.

Last but not least, perhaps one of the most important factors there is when it comes to choosing an estate agent, is making sure that the houses you are interested in are represented by them. 

If there are some properties that you already have your eye on, it's vital that you look up which estate agent firm is associated with said property. All of the points we mentioned throughout this article will be rendered useless if there is already a property you are set on getting, so feel free to get in touch with an estate agent solely because a house you are desperate to get is under their jurisdiction. 

 

Conclusion 

Choosing the right estate agent for you can be one of the biggest decisions in your life. If you make the wrong call, you could end up going through a terrible experience and ending up with a property you are not happy with. In contrast, working with the right estate agent can be a joy and enable you to get the home of your dreams. 

If you are currently on the search for an estate agent or interested in buying a property in London, feel free to get in contact with us. We will be more than happy to have a chat to give you some guidance, as well as to see if we are the right estate agent for you.  


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