How do I choose the right estate agent?

As an agency, the fact that we are independent means we can instantly tailor our service around the specific needs of each of our clients without “head office approval”. As standard we offer a zero week tie in contract, with extremely competitive selling rates, on a ‘no sale, no fee’ basis.

We also understand that accompanied viewings not only afford our vendors less disruption to daily life, but also enjoy a much better viewing-to-sale ratio than unaccompanied viewings. This is because we take advantage of the opportunity to engage with our buyers. Paired with our up-front, truthful and trustworthy advice, we strive to achieve you a dependable buyer, vetted by ourselves, at the best price. However…

Finding a buyer for your property is often the easy part, but selecting an estate agent with its own conveyancing department to ensure the sale actually goes through is critical…

Many property transactions form part of a chain of related sales, and a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. As a national statistic, one in three chains will fall apart, often at the last minute. Without any form of pre-contract commitment in place in England, this problem is likely to be with us for some time.

The most common factor affecting a chain breaking down is simply that there is the opportunity for one party or another to pull out on a whim, at any stage until the point of Exchange of Contracts. “Buyer remorse” is a recognised syndrome, where buyers doubt they have made the right decision and their commitment wavers.

We outperform the market for transactions falling through, when compared to the average market abort rate.

Slow conveyancing is also one of the biggest causes of sales falling through, because it provides a greater window of opportunity for someone to pull out of a purchase or sale. Our experienced, qualified and determined estate agents keep all parties fully informed of the progress throughout the chain in order to swiftly and competently avoid any potential delays.

Our estate agency is a fully integrated department within our successful legal practice, with a strong conveyancing arm. We work closely together, ideally placed to ensure that our clients never become the weakest link.

Why not contact Leonard Gray on 01245 504904 to find out how “joined-up” estate agency could work for you – it could save your move!

Andrew has been an estate agent for nearly 40 years – over 16 of those have been with Leonard Gray. As branch manager he sets the firms ethos for honesty and going the extra mile, helping people move home with the minimum of stress.

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