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When you take the plunge and decide it’s time to move house, you want to get things speeding along as quickly as possible.

That’s why knowing you’ve chosen an estate agent that you can trust to work with you well is a critical aspect of the whole process.

Real estate agents probably have the worst reputation of any industry specialist, and you need to be sure that the one you’ve chosen for the most important sale and purchase of your life can be trusted to do a great job. After all, you want peace of mind when the house removal is underway.

Here are some of the clear signs that you’ve hired a dud to help you out with moving house, and it could be time to rethink your strategy before you pack your things and sort out storage.

They never answer your calls

If you’ve hired an estate agent and you can never get hold of them, you’re not going to be confident that they’re responding to potential buyer enquiries either. If your estate agent is ignoring you, the chances are they are just as bad at returning purchaser calls requesting to view your property.

You aren’t seeing your property advertised anywhere

If your estate agent has promised you a centre spread in the local paper, an online promotion and other media advertising, yet you can’t find your property in any of the places they’ve agreed to advertise, chances are they have been selling you a poor service, which is all talk and no action. Time to move on to a better firm that can help you with moving house and selling your home faster!

Nobody is coming to view it

No matter how courteous, responsive or great at advertising your estate agent may be, if the final output isn’t a large number of viewings for your property, you’re wasting your time. As soon as you get the impression that your property isn’t reaching the right number of potential movers, it’s time to switch and find someone more committed to helping you sell your property.

Potential buyers consistently tell you the property is overpriced

If every person who comes to view your house is suggesting that it’s overpriced, the chances are it probably is. While estate agents may encourage you to sign up with them by giving you the best quote for pricing your property, if it’s out of the general market pricing range, you won’t sell it. Indicators will be a number of low offers, or seeing other properties in the area going for much less than your asking price.

You hear horror stories from other customers

Estate agents rely on positive reputations, and one of the things you can count on is, if a firm has let someone down just as the moving van pulls in to the drive, you’ll get to hear about it. Talk to friends and family to see how your chosen real estate agent racks up on the reputation stakes before you make your final decision, and save yourself potential misery if you are let down in the longer term, when you’re desperate to move house.

Moving house may be stressful, but by choosing a reputable and effective estate agent, you can reduce the potential stress by a lot. Shop around and look out for signs to make sure you’re on to a winner.

Do you have any other tips to share? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Always great if you can get personal recommendations and do your own research so you know if what they’re telling you makes sense or not.

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  • my tip is to get a better agent! keep in contact with them and get them to explain what stage they are at in the selling process and keep on them

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  • There are certainly some bad eggs out there in real estate. Recommendation from a friend is a great guide and has been for me in the past.

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  • My mother in laws house was for sale for over 10 years, possibly the wrong real estate agent, more like dodgey estate executors

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  • When you have decided it time to move house you might want to do so speedy, but it’s probably wise indeed to really take the time to find a good real estate agent you can trust.

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  • Some Real Estate Agents grossly over value them too. When I put my home on the market the first agent I contacted, based on the prices of other houses in the area reckoned my house was worth about $120,000.00 than it was. Houses bringing higher prices weren’t near as old as mine, weren’t built when building materials were in short supply following WW11 and quantity was more important than quality, had every high technological built in appliance in existance. The only thing in my favour was the size of the land. The property would have brought more as an empty block but I most likely wouldn’t have recouped what tit would have cost to demolish it especially as it had asbestos in it. Yes, at a colleague’s recommendation I chose another Real Estate Agent, got slightly less than I had hoped but land value dropped at the same time by $40,000.00 and I sold it within 2 months.

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  • I haven’t had to do this yet…. something that I dread!

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  • Always ask family and friends for recommendations and ask them to share their experiences with agents. It is essential to go into hiring a real estate well prepared and with your eyes wide open.


    • Also, check reviews on agents and agencies too.

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  • All good tips,best to ask family and friends for their own personally experences as well.

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