Can an online estate agent guarantee me a quick house sale?

Estate agents are dead – long live estate agents! This is the message being pushed by most modern ‘online estate agency’ services these days. They promise a quick property sale, they say they are fast property sellers on their websites; however, examining closer, what exactly are online estate agents? We have put it to the test.


For a number of years the traditional estate agency market has been failing. This is mainly down to the internet, and the way in which information is shared. Information that most estate agencies didn’t want you as a seller finding out. The fact is that estate agents don’t really do that much. Typically a traditional estate agent will ‘guess’ how much your home is worth, take a few photos, and list it on Rightmove and /or Zoopla.

If your property is advertised at the right price, is in a sort after location and is in a fair condition, really the property sells itself. The estate agents role in all of this is really minimal. With the help of the internet, most homeowners now know this fact, and instead of paying around 2 per cent in estate agent fees – they now opt for ‘online estate agent’.

So what is so different about an online estate agent to a traditional one, let me explain it in 3 simple bullet points.

  1. Commissions

Modern online estate agents will charge you an upfront fee of around £300 to sell your property. A traditional estate agent won’t charge you anything upfront but will expect you to pay in the region of 2 per cent of the value of your home on completion. The more your property sells for the higher this figure becomes.

  1. Viewings

Typically with a traditional estate agent, any viewing that you may have on your home, the agent would show the interested party around. With an online agent, you are required to do a bit of work. You will need to do all of your own viewings.

  1. Boards and promotion

Online agents will probably not be too concerned about putting a board up outside your home. Some of them may offer this as an added extra, but 9 times out of 10 its not essential. Traditional agents rely on people viewing their boards, and will insist you put a board up.

I’ve been promised a ‘quick sale’ from my online agent, can they deliver?

This is a question that I get asked all of the time, and something that really needs addressing in the property sale industry here in the UK. For starters, no estate agent, be it a traditional, online, hybrid or other; can offer you a guaranteed quick house sale.

No agent is able to offer you a quick property sale as they don’t know if anyone is willing to buy your home. It’s a simple fact, however most agents especially online company will still state that they can offer you a quick sale. The reality is that you are at the mercy of the open market, any you are relying on someone seeing your home and making an offer on it.

The difference to an online agent and a cash buyer is that a cash buyer like us, will be buying your home directly from you. We won’t be listing it on Rightmove, or putting it in an auction. If we make an offer it means that we want to buy it and that we have the cash waiting to proceed.

You get the sale you need, and it’s really the only way of guaranteeing a quick property sale.

If it’s an online estate agent you are after, I suggest you try out the following:-

Flying homes

Top Cash Offer

House Simple


House Network

For more advice on this subject or for any other information why not speak to our highly qualified and professional team waiting to take your call NOW!

Property Viewings – Making a good choice

The viewing process can commence, once you have looked into your finances, and assessed your budget, and decided on properties that may interest you. It is considered one of the most exciting times in your life, choosing a new home for you and your family’s future. Don’t get carried away with emotion and excitement. You need to keep a level head, treating viewings calmly, considering all aspects, with a financial plan in mind. Buying a property, is an emotional process, filled with highs and lows. Prioritising ideas, of what you really want and can afford in a property is essential. Without doing your homework, so to speak is a recipe for disaster. We have produced simple steps as a guide, to help you find a property, that is both practical and meets all your needs.


Research your property, before you view

The more information, you can obtain about your forthcoming properties you will be viewing, the better. To have some knowledge, about the property before you view it, and step over the threshold, is useful to have at hand.The majority of this information, should be provided by estate agents, but by endeavouring to do a little research of your own, for instance checking house prices in the area, local crime statistics, and the performance of schools in the area. With this information, you will be able to prepare questions to ask, when you meet the vendor. Drawing up a list of ‘must haves’ can define what type of property you are searching for. Included in the list are factors, such as room dimensions, off street parking, number of bedrooms and double glazing.Unless, you have decided to renew your furnishings when you move, it is a wise move to measure your furniture in advance, and check it will fit into your new house comfortably. Don’t buy a property on impulse, or on a whim. Check and research carefully, to confirm that it is the property for you.

Have no regrets, be thorough

During a viewing, it is critical, to ask as many questions, and gather as much information from the vendor. The person, who is selling the house will be eager to answer all questions, hoping for a quick sale, and good price for their property. It is a good idea, to take a friend or relative with you, when viewing. they will afford a second opinion, and a springboard to help with house buying decisions. Don’t have a rushed viewing, take time, look around and explore each room, ticking off your ‘must haves’ list as you journey through the house. Internet property site has produced a viewings check list, so that no factor is forgotten or missed out, while you are inside the property.

Checking the exterior

Some people, are so involved with the interior of a property, and how it looks, they forget to even take a cursory glance outside, at the exterior of the property. There could be indications of structural integrity. Check out other properties in the street, how does the property you are viewing compare? Arrive early, to suss out the following factors at the exterior and surrounding area.

  1. Windows – Look at the frames, look out for mould, wear and tear. make sure, double glazing is up to scratch, check the seals are in good condition.
  2. Walls – How is the paintwork? is it well maintained? Check for cracks in the brickwork and signs of movement in the property.
  3. Parking facilities – Off street parking is essential. Check this out. Check the garage, or driveway
  4. The Roof – Check for slates, or tiles that are missing. water streaks, mould and poor maintenance. Gutters, need attention, making sure they are free from vegetation, and in a good state of repair.

The Inside of the property – What to look for

Buying a new home, is a financial and emotional roller coaster, and huge commitment. Use viewing time, to check all the property’s features, taking a mental note and using your check list. Take as long as you want, and if you like the property, don’t be afraid to ask for a second viewing. Giving you extra time to contemplate and make a decision unhurriedly about the property.

It is essential, not only to focus on the aesthetic features of the property, but it is also essential to check for signs of disrepair.

  1. Is a modern fuse box in place
  2. Ask to run the taps in the home, in order to check water pressure.
  3. Are there any signs of damp on the walls? Are there any significant cracks, that could point to subsidence.
  4. Is a new boiler in place?and is it in a good state of repair?
  5. Are there any peculiar smells in the property? Dampness, mould and general decay, will be instantly recognisable. a property viewing guide, states that, if the owner permits, it is a good idea to take photos, during your viewing, to help you reach a decision, to choose a property that suits you best. If you have to choose between several properties, photos will aid and refresh your memory of them.If you don’t find a suitable property, you can temporarily rent a property, to give you time to search. Buying a new home, is not an easy task. You may be lucky, and find the house of your dreams quickly and without hassle.