Haydar Sehri's blog

Haydar Sehri's blog

Pick a Letter

There are many styles of estate agency operating in the East London area, and picking the right one to sell your property can be daunting.

Over this series of articles we have made reference to a number of issues to consider so that you can make an informed choice when the time comes for you to sell.

Something to Shout About

Every town has a variety of styles of estate agent, from the soulless “corporate” agency driven by figures, to the one-man band; from arty-contemporary to pushy-salesy. Each type tends to appeal to a specific sector of the property-owning community, and rightly so – buyers and sellers alike need to be comfortable working with an agent that reflects their own values. 

What Does Viewing Feedback Really Mean?

Sellers often approach us after an unsatisfactory experience with another agent, particularly in relation to poor levels of feedback following property viewings.

Surely prompt and constructive feedback should be a fundamental part of any estate agent’s service to their clients! Only when agents understand what buyers think of a property can they deliver practical advice that will enhance its sale prospects. The agent and the seller should be working hand-in-hand to achieve the desired outcome, based significantly on buyers’ comments.

How Many Should We See?

When looking for a property, it is natural to want to see as many as possible before making the “right” choice and common sense dictates that you should view a handful of alternatives before buying.

Our job as professional estate agents is to help you arrive at a decision that’s right for you, your situation and your lifestyle. So, if you are struggling to balance the merits of No.33 with its new kitchen against No.16, with the better garden, here are some pointers which might help:

Buying at Tender

After weeks of looking, you have found your perfect home. It seems to have everything you wanted – desirable location, great accommodation, beautiful garden and excellent condition.

The vendor obviously knows they are selling a highly desirable proposition. They have priced it attractively which makes you think that you might be onto a good thing. However, the seller is inviting “best and final” offers from interested parties – known as “Sale by Tender”. What should you do if you want to be the successful purchaser?

Agents' Skills in Demand

As property prices rose through the past decades it became almost a foregone conclusion that whichever agent you chose to sell your property, a buyer would be found within a few days. So vendors became less discerning over their choice of agent and were understandably tempted to appoint the agent who charged the lowest commission percentage.

However, in this market, this approach usually turns out to be a considerable false economy, as the difference between a good agent and a mediocre one can be highly significant.