Property News & Views
Is paying for a service you have yet to receive or experience really working? —
24th Jan 2019
As an estate agent I only ever expect to get paid for selling a house once my client has the money in the bank from the buyer. Sounds straight forward enough doesnt it? In other words, we operate our business on what is known as a no sale no fee basis. In estate agency you dont get paid for effort or by the hour, you get paid when you have delivered the results.
However, there are some home owners who pay an upfront estate agent fee and put their faith and expectations in an individual who promises to sell their home. A couple I met this week considered this approach - but - where is the ongoing incentive to achieve that top price, sort out chain problems and deal with survey results? The estate agent already has the fee from you! The second largest upfront fee estate agent in the UK, which had 4,000 properties for sale, has recently gone bust leaving clients with nothing to show for their money. Is this not one of the biggest examples of you get what you pay for. I think it must be.
At Peter Scott Estate Agents we offer great value for money, offering fair and transparent terms. I started selling houses in Chalfont St Peter since 1982 with Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and Chalfont St Giles following shortly afterwards. We provide a no sale - no fee engagement and have a reputation for delivering good results. When I checked in November 2018, we had agreed sales on nearly 80% of the properties we had listed for sale that year (Data from Rightmove). Quite an achievement compared to other local estate agents, some of whom are barely selling 25% of their stock. If you are living in the SL9, HP8 or HP9 postcode areas, thinking of selling your property and would like a free valuation of your home we would love to hear from you.
Peter Scott Estate Agents, 01494 870 633.