Most property sellers or the buyers are unaware of estate agent fees which will be charged from them for finalizing the deal. The estate agents are charging variable percentages in any sale deed made in respect of the property. The estate agents have their own process of selling and buying of the property for their clients. The charges which they charge cannot be fixed as they depend upon the terms of the deal. This variable nature of fees being set can make it hard for a first time seller to know what is and is not a good or acceptable rate for them.
Nowadays because of the availability of all the estate agent and property details online, buyers are searching on the internet for the property they want to buy. All the data is then downloaded and discussed at length with everyone involved in the buyer cycle, this is the buyers, both estate agents (if in a chain) and solicitors as well. There is a noticeable decline in the number of the visitors to the estate agent’s office on the local high street. These offices used to serve as an information centre for the buyers and sellers property but increasingly the public are turning to the convenience of the internet for property research and indeed the full property sales cycle.
Another main reason for online property management is the high cost of offline offices, most of the estate agents prefer to have an online presence. There are a number of additional costs associated with an offline office right from office rent, car wages, utility bills, and other associated charges. It can be really crucial to have online office, especially during the period when the market is down.
The working procedure differs from place to place and estate agent fees depend on these working procedures amongst other things. In England, the agents will do all the viewings of the property that is to be sold and hence estate agent fees will be higher. Moreover the estate agent fees are comparatively less for online working agents so if cost if a factor and you want to do some of the leg work yourself, then an online estate agency might be a good option for you.
With the advances in technology and wide usage of internet, you can easily find many online portals for selling or purchasing of property. These portals contain hundreds of private sellers listed on them and you can contact any of them personally. They are also used by a broad cross section of estate agents so you have the convenience of being able to compare many properties in one central location.
Online estate agent portals have made it really easy for estate agents to deal with their customers and these sites tend to allow only estate agents to register, so you are in professional hands. You can enquire about the estate agents fees by contacting your preferred agent online. Recent years have witnessed great change in dealing of real estate market and with the increasing usage of internet, we can expect all estate business to shift online in next few years.