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Questions to ask an Estate Agent

We received a call recently from a retired gentleman who had lived in the same house for more than 40 years.

He was relocating to be closer to his family and was selling his property for the first time and unsure what to ask agents.

The advice we gave him is what we share with anyone looking to put their home on the market in Chorley, Leyland and Buckshaw Village.

Get three agencies around to value your home. And ask them the following questions:

How many years’ experience do you have in the local market?

On what comparable evidence are you basing the valuation on?

What do I get for the fee you are charging?

How will you market my property? And what is the strategy behind your marketing?

When we go on a valuation visit we are ready for pretty much any questions, well maybe aside from nuclear physics or the behavioural habits of a lesser spotted wombat.

But perhaps the best and most telling question you can ask any estate agent pitching to be instructed is this:

What percentage of homes that you are instructed to sell do you get a sale agreed on?

They may not be able to tell you on the spot but with a little bit of simple research they should be in a position to answer that question.

For us at Forbes Estates we take pride in the percentage of homes we get instructed on and see through to successful completion.

Why? Well we put our success down to two main things.

Firstly, we always price as accurately and honestly as possible. An overvalued property simply stays on the market for a lot longer than it should do, which does the vendor absolutely no favours in the long run.

Secondly, we are your local full service estate agent with real local knowledge, our dedicated team with more than 15 years local estate agency experience to share with our clients (and potential buyers) can provide the thing they want most. Which is getting the best price for their property in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of stress.

Forbes Estates have been part of the local community since 2009, offering personal sales and lettings solutions, delivering premium results in your preferred time scale!

For further information, or advice on any local property related matters, we’re here to help.

Call 01257 273 324 or drop me an email at info@forbesestates.com


Paul Forbes