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Property June 25, 2018

The Disadvantages of Using An Online Estate Agent

Online Estate Agents have been taking over the property market recently, promising lower fees and a better service. But is that really the case? In this blog we look at the disadvantages of using a purely online estate agent.

They Lack Local Knowledge

One of the main reasons why high street agents are much better is they have lots of knowledge of the local area. Meaning they can suggest the best spots to match your requirements and provide helpful hints and tips. When you use an online agent, they will most likely be far away from your ideal property area and so will not be able to provide localised expertise.

You Conduct the Viewings

As your estate agent is online, you will have to conduct each viewing without the help of an agent. This means you must take time to research the best ways to show potential buyers around and you must feel comfortable with giving a tour of your home. Not to mention the valuable time it can take up.

Upfront Fee

One of the main reasons people turn to online estate agents is their much lower fee, although an advantage, in most cases you are asked for the full amount upfront without even seeing the service provided or the outcome. This can be risky, especially if you use an agent which is fairly new.

It’s a lot of work

Even though you are working with an agent as they are not physically with you during the process it can result in you having to do a lot more legwork. Online Estate Agents can promise much more than they actually provide meaning you could find yourself selling your home without any input from the agent.

So, after all these facts it seems that high street agents are still top of their game! Here at Hegarty’s not only are we here to provide a face to face service, but our knowledge of the area is second to none. All of our agents are local to their branch and can offer helpful information about the area. Plus we will also provide a first class viewing service, showing potential buyers the best that your property has to offer, it’s all part of our amazing customer service. We understand selling your property can be stressful, which is why our agents are here to walk you through the process step by step.

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