Here’s what you need to think about when paying estate agent fees upfront

If you’re ready to sell your home, you’ll be faced with a choice when it comes paying estate agent fees upfront. Do you pay upfront or opt for a no sale, no fee arrangement?

We understand that the promise of a deal if you part with your cash straight away might be tempting. However, our own preferred method – and one which hundreds of our sellers have taken advantage of over the years – is to pay any fee once the sale of a property has been completed. It’s an obvious win-win to us (and our satisfied customers) and here’s exactly why we think it works.

Investment in selling your home

Online agents typically ask for upfront fees but once you’ve said goodbye to your money, what incentive is there to sell your home for the best possible price? They’ve still been paid, no matter what the outcome.

The alternative is literally getting what you pay for. In other words, an estate agent who is invested in and completely committed to selling your home – which can only be a good thing.

Negotiating the best price

Here at Redrose we have years of experience in selling homes and in that time, we’ve seen it all. This means that we know exactly what to do if the buyer suddenly demands a drop in price when you think your sale is on the verge of successful completion. We can negotiate, re-negotiate and navigate through some difficult situations should these present themselves.

On the other hand, once your property has been listed with an upfront-fee, online only agent, you may find that to do much of the legwork yourself. From conducting viewings to handling offers and differentiating between the serious buyers and the time-wasters. Sounds like hard work!

Local expertise

A purely online estate agency typically won’t have much of a local presence. However, local knowledge is vital when it comes to selling homes. We know our local market thanks to our many years serving the community of Buckshaw Village and surroundings. What’s more, we have a constantly updated database of potential buyers all eager to purchase a property in the area.

Plus, our prominent office location attracts plenty of passing footfall. If you’re nearby, why not drop in for a chat? (We don’t know about you, but it’s always nice to deal with people face-to-face.) Speaking of which, our local base also opens up a whole network of other useful contacts, from solicitors to independent mortgage advisers and removal firms.

Here’s why else you should choose Redrose to sell your home:

  • We advertise on Zoopla and Rightmove for maximum exposure
  • Professional photography as standard
  • On average, we achieve 97% of the asking price


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