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Are online agents all they’re Cracked Up to Be? Posted On 28 October 2021

Why the Highstreet Estate Agent should be your first Choice

Purplebricks are an ‘online estate agent’. They will value your property and set up a listing on Rightmove and Zoopla but then the rest of the selling process will be left up to you. If you require anything beyond this, such as Purplebricks hosting the viewings for you or advert upgrades, this will all cost you extra – something which is not obvious when first looking at their fees.  Pair that with the fact that they solely rely on property portals without an office full of local people pushing your property to a database of buyers, then why would you take the chance?

High street agents have a much more ‘hands on’ approach to helping you sell your home. Accompanied viewings, photos, floorplans etc are all part of their standard package and won’t cost you any extra. There is also the added benefit of their local knowledge and connections to local buyers. Unlike Purplebricks, local estate agents receive a commission, this is a percentage of the sale price of your home meaning they will have a vested interest in getting the best possible price for your property so should work harder to help you achieve this. And High Street agents also offer sales progression, to ensure your property sale goes through. Something an online agent doesn’t offer.

Another key point in favour of high street agents is that they operate on a ‘no sale no fee’ basis meaning that unless your property sells, they won’t take any payment. When your home does sell, the amount they take will be an agreed percentage of the sale price and is known as a commission fee. Sadly, Purplebricks don’t offer such a service.

So, if you’d like to benefit from local knowledge, a no sale, no fee procedure and an agent who is there for you every step of the way, contact us today for a free, no obligation quote and get your journey started!

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