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Leicester’s favourite estate agent

Leicester’s favourite estate agent

Leicester’s favourite estate agent

Leicester’s favourite estate agent

At Open House Leicester we pride ourselves on our commitment to clients and delivering the upmost in customer experience. To us the most important aspect of our business is looking after all of our customers and that includes potential buyers in the area. We believe that keeping in touch with clients and constantly updating them is really important.

 

Keep in contact

There’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing where you stand and not knowing what’s going on with your property. At Open House Leicester we pride ourselves on being an estate agent that truly cares about you and your property. We make sure that you are constantly kept up to date on the progress of your property at every stage, no matter if you’re selling or renting.

 

Go above and beyond

We go above and beyond the work of many estate agents in Leicester, providing a personal service to every client who comes through the doors at Open House Leicester. We ensure that we provide everybody with a realistic and accurate assessment of the Leicester property market so you get a clear understanding of exactly how long we think it will take to sell your property or let it out.

 

Flexible to your needs

At Open House Leicester we try to be as flexible to your needs as possible. Whether its working around your constantly changing shift hours, handling the complete process of letting out your property or working with you when selling your current home as part of chain. Our flexibility and customer service often go above and beyond many other estate agents in Leicester.

 

What our clients sayTop Tips to Sell your Property

We love nothing more than receiving great feedback from our clients, it really does make everything we do worthwhile. We ensure that we go above and beyond with communication and customer service and from our many reviews we’ve recognised that this is what stands us apart from other estate agents in Leicester.

 

With 16 5* reviews on Google and many more on our website and in the office, we thought we’d share some of our fabulous reviews from our clients.

 

 “Rahul sold two houses for me at the same time! Providing excellent service for both me and my tenants, ensuring every detail was covered. He gave me continuous updates, he was thorough throughout the sales providing smooth transactions. I have dealt with many estate agents in my time, but Rahul certainly takes the crown for outstanding commitment and professional conduct. Many thanks for all your hard work!” – Maria A

 

“Rahul at Open House provided us with a great service. He turned up when he said he would, got back to us in the time frames he suggested and above all delivered the results he spoke about. Friendly, professional and realistic. Would highly recommend Open House Leicester” – Richard Penfold

 

“As a first-time landlord, I have been very grateful for the services provided by Open House, via Rahul Jain, the local Director. From first explanations of how to go about letting, where best to look for property, and then how to make the property we purchased most suitable for letting to the finding of good tenants and now administration of our ‘letting account’, it has been excellent. Rahul has given us time for explanations, and patience, and regularly calls with updates on how the tenancy is going. Couldn’t ask for more” – Keith Druryd

 

 

If you’re looking for a Leicester estate agent with many years of experience in marketing properties with a record of selling houses swiftly? Get in touch with Open House Leicester today using either 0116 243 7938 or info@openhouseleicester.co.uk and we’ll discuss how we can help sell your Leicester house fast.

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How to sell your Leicester home fast

How to sell your Leicester home fast

How to sell your Leicester home fast

Before you even get to the part where you’re moving to a new house, you’re going to face some challenges. Namely selling your current Leicester home. When you make your house available, it’s understandable to think that it’s going to sell in no time. But what if that doesn’t happen? You can be sat around for months, even years, on end. Obviously, you want to sell your Leicester home fast. Here’s how you do it from a business with experience.

Get the presentation right

Presenting your property right is more than just sweeping up and weeding the front garden; there’s lots of steps to make sure that you’re making the property appear as good as it possibly can.

Have you been to have a look at your potential new house before the viewing? We all drive past to take a quick look for a multitude of reasons. Maybe you’re seeing how big it is, maybe you’re just seeing how it looks in person. If you do it, that means that other people are going to do it with your house too. So, despite saying it isn’t just about weeding the front garden, it is important to ensure that externally your house is as impressive as the inside.

Doing your utmost to make the inside of your property tidy, professional and neutral is important when prospective buyers are going to be visiting the property. No one is going to envisage how the property might be if it was theirs if you have children’s toys and family photographs littering the space.

Good marketingHow to sell your Leicester home fast

In the 21st Century, it’s difficult to sell a property without any sort of marketing, especially online marketing.

Millions of people flock to the internet when they’re looking for their new house and millions of people sell their current houses there. With so many people doing it, how do you make your property stand out when there’s so much competition for attention? The answer is high-quality marketing.

If you’re somebody with no experience in marketing, working with somebody who has experience in marketing a property correctly might be the next step for you. Whilst this isn’t likely to be free, it’s well worth it for the fact it will help you sell the property.

Accompanied viewings

You’re unlikely to be an expert when it comes to selling your property, so it’s going to be hard when it’s just you actively trying to sell the property when you’re getting potential buyers coming to view the property.

An excellent way to give your property a bigger chance of selling to the people who are taking a look around, assisted viewings might be the best option for you.

Assisted viewings mean that an estate agent will attend the viewings with you and actively communicate with those viewing the property, building a relationship with them and therefore gaining their trust whilst trying to sell the property to them.

This is indirect selling, not too overt as to scare the viewers off, but obvious enough so that they’re taking away the key information about the property.

If you’re looking for somebody with many years of experience in marketing properties, somebody with experience selling properties and someone with a record of selling houses swiftly, get in touch with me today using either 0116 243 7938 or info@openhouseleicester.co.uk and we’ll discuss how I can help sell your house fast.

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Leicester lettings – Popular areas to let in Leicester

Leicester lettings – Popular areas to let in Leicester

Leicester lettings – Popular areas to let in Leicester

When it comes to Leicester lettings, there’s plenty of beautiful areas where letting your Leicester home is going to get you a tenant quickly. If you have a property in one of these areas, not only will you have a client fast, you’ll make a significant amount of money on a monthly basis with your Leicester lettings. Here’s the areas where it’s a fantastic opportunity to rent your house in Leicester.

Birstall

Birstall is based within the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire. With a population of little over 12 thousand people, Birstall is big enough that you’re not in the middle of nowhere but small enough that you can get a real taste for the highly popularised ‘village life’.

Birstall has a lot of history which makes it appealing to people looking for a property in the area. History demonstrates that the village was very small with a population of 611 people until the creation of the Great Central Railway. Since 1901, the population has grown significantly.

No matter who is looking for a house in the area, there’s everything that they will need. There’s two primary schools, a secondary school and sixth form, as well as a garden centre and supermarket for shopping. In addition to these necessities, there’s also plenty of facilities and parks for entertainment indoors and outdoors.

All of these points mean that if you have a house in the area, when it comes to Leicester lettings, this is one of the best prospects when choosing what properties to let.

OadbyLeicester lettings – Popular areas to let in Leicester

Oadby, a picturesque town in the Leicester area, is another wonderful place to let your Leicester house. The population of Oadby is only 25 thousand people so as with Birstall, you’ll still be able to enjoy a relaxed, village lifestyle.

The main appeal of Oadby is the fact that it’s only 5 miles from the city of Leicester. This means that whilst the city is very accessible if potential tenants work there, the fact they can live outside of the undoubtedly busy city is a nice thought. Even if they don’t drive, there’s buses that pass through on a regular basis, so they can catch one into the city.

In addition to being close to the city, there’s also plenty to do in the little town which excites people. For example, there’s two local football teams as well as a tennis club. One of the football teams caters exclusively to under-18s, so there’s opportunity for children who enjoy sports to take part.

Oadby is an excellent area to let your house if you do have a property in the town.

Syston

Syston is a small town situated close to Leicester, also located within the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire. The population of this town is little over 11 thousand people according to a relatively recent census so once again it’s a quiet town with access to the city if necessary.

There’s multiple attractions in the Syston area which make it a good prospect for Leicester lettings. The main attraction would the church of St Peter and St Paul, the oldest standing building in the town. It was constructed using pink granite and white limestone with mentions of the church reaching back to the 13th century. Whilst the church is an exciting place to visit, Syston is also known for the Syston White Plum and being the headquarters of the delicious Pukka Pies.

Are you looking to let a house in either of these 3 popular areas in Leicester? Get in touch with Open House Leicester today. We offer property consultancy services in addition to property management. We are contactable on the number 0116 243 7938 or by email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk.

Rent your Leicester house

Why you should rent your Leicester house

Rent your Leicester house

Rent your Leicester house

When you’re moving to a new property, selling your current Leicester house is the usual route that most people will take, which often makes sense. This offers you a quick injection of significant funds, which are often put into funding a new property.

However, if you could afford your next house without additional finances from your current property, a better opportunity might be to rent your Leicester house.  For many reasons, being able to rent your Leicester house has a lot of advantages.

 

Sustained income over time

When you sell your current home, you get a big chunk of cash all at once. This is excellent as you can afford all the trips, holidays and opportunities you’ve dreamt of.

This way however, you might swiftly spend the money and end up with nothing in the long term. When you rent your Leicester house instead of making the decision to sell it, you’re going to make a significant amount of money over time.

Whilst you might not be able to enjoy everything that you would like to do all at once, you do have money coming in on a regular basis that you can save up over time and then go do all the things that you’ve dreamed of.

 

You make more money renting your houseWhat affects the Price of your Syston home?

Thousands of pounds all at once, selling your home is the quickest way to acquire a huge amount of money. Despite that, if you chose to rent your Leicester house, you could make even more money in the end but over a period of time.

Whilst it is going to be a much smaller amount on a set basis, in the end this will lead to you having more money than you would have one by simply selling the house. This can set you up for the future if you ever had financial trouble as you have ensured income.

 

Property is the thing to own right now

Selling your old house to move into a new one means that you have a fantastic new home to settle into with exciting times ahead.With the ‘Brexit’ situation in our country, we really don’t know how our lives are going to change when we finally leave the EU.

By renting your Leicester property instead of selling it, you’re securing your future. If the whole ‘Brexit’ situation goes awry, you’re going to have two properties: one you can sell, one you can live in.

 

You can always sell it in the future

Whilst you might have come to the conclusion that selling your current property is what you should do, there still might be doubt in your mind. If there is any doubt in your mind, even a minute amount, rent your Leicester house.

Why? You can always sell it in the future! There’s nothing saying that you can’t just sell it in the future if you decide that that is the best idea for you.

The best option is to rent it in the meantime as you can make money whilst you consider whether you would like to sell it or not.

 

Get expert independent advice when thinking about renting your Leicester home out from Open House Leicester. At Open House Leicester we offer property consultancy services and property management, so talk to us today to find out how you should rent your Leicester home. Call 0116 243 7938 or email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk

 

Our guide to moving house before Christmas

Our guide to moving house before Christmas

Our guide to moving house before Christmas

Estate Agent Leicester guide to moving house before Christmas

There’s 10 weeks until Christmas, so for Leicester’s army of hopeful house sellers hoping to complete contracts for Christmas, you need to act fast.

Selling your property before Christmas can have a lot of advantages, a lot of people want to be in their new property for Christmas and celebrate Christmas and their new home. You may also beat the New Year’s price increase from many firms including solicitors, surveyors and removal firms.

At Open House Leicester, we’ve put our top 4 must do’s together, to ensure your Leicester property is sold and completed to moving house before Christmas.

 

Is your property ready?

The obvious things are to declutter, redecorate if necessary and make rooms look fit for the purposes for which they were designed. So, turn those storage rooms back into bedrooms to maximise your properties potential.

A property that is ready for the new owners to move into will typically sell a lot quicker than a property that needs work or required the potential buyers to look past the clutter and see its potential.

Be realistic on priceOur guide to moving house before Christmas

Do your research and be realistic if you’re serious about moving house before Christmas. If you want an excellent price for your property, you’ll be waiting those full 6 weeks, if not more. Look at what else has sold nearby recently, consider the price and what your property has to offer in comparison. Price yourself fairly, or at least, work out what the lowest offer you’ll be happy with is, and get that property on the market. You want a buyer who is thrilled at what a good deal they’re getting, and can move quickly. This might mean favouring cash buyers, or being clear to your estate agent that you don’t want anyone in a chain.

Secure your mortgage

Consult an independent broker to see how much you can borrow and discuss whether a fixed or variable rate is best as soon as possible. It is important to discuss timescales as many lenders will have backlogs.

Have all your necessary paperwork prepared including your past three months’ payslips, past three years’ P60s, bank statements from the past six months, a passport and a utility bill. If self-employed, you need three years of audited accounts. Sorting your mortgage and having the necessary paperwork in place is often what delays property completion and could stop you from moving house before Christmas.

Move, move, move!

Hopefully, the minute you get an offer on your home you’ll get started packing those boxes. Work out how many boxes will need moving, note what needs to be dismantled and what you are throwing away. Book a reputable moving company as soon as you know the sale has gone through, because it’s likely the holiday period will either be very busy, or people will want to be off with their families, rather than moving the entire contents of your home!

So, there are our top tips to moving house before Christmas. You’ll be hanging your stockings in your new home before you know it. Just remember to pop a we’ve moved card in everyone’s Christmas cards!

 

Do your research, keep an eye on local news, visit the area and talk to us at Open House Leicester – we’re more than happy to help you on all aspects of selling your home. Call 0116 243 7938 or email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk

Free Leicester house valuation: 6 things we look for when valuing your property

Free Leicester house valuation – How we value your property

Free Leicester house valuation: 6 things we look for when valuing your property

Free Leicester house valuation – How we value your property

There comes a time for everybody when you desperately want to move to a new property. If you own your current house, this entails more work than simply moving out of a rented house. But luckily for you, we’ve made the first steps simple.

At Open House Leicester, we offer free Leicester house valuation for properties throughout the area. So all you need to do if get in touch and we’ll call at a time to suit you.

But to get the best value for your property, it’s important to know what we’re looking out for, you might just be able to add some value to your property sale.

 

1: Presentation, externally and internally

At your free Leicester house valuation we’ll be closely assessing the condition and presentation of your property, so before one of our agents comes to value your house, you need to make sure that is presentable.

An hour of weeding, a lick of paint and hiding the clutter that has built up make a huge difference. If you want to offer more appeal, consider a few plants to brighten the place up, moving that huge armchair in the living room into storage and putting the door handle back on the hall cupboard. People are easily put off by properties that need a lot of work.

 

2: Floor space

The more floor space your property has, the more it is typically worth. Most people move to a new house because they have literally outgrown their current one, so your property needs to appear spacious.

To maximise floor space, little changes like rearranging furniture and getting rid of anything you don’t need to have out in the open can make a massive difference. For example, if you’re not planning to use your desk before you move to a new house, take it down! This frees up plenty of room and makes the space significantly bigger to the eye. It’s the little things that can make the difference when we complete your free Leicester property valuation.

 

3: Parking

Living on a busy road in Leicester can be a nightmare. A 2007 study by the RAC Foundation found that 71% of British workers travel to work by car. Over the 10 years since, this number has increased even more. This means that people with interest in your house are likely to be drivers, making parking an important aspect. As we evaluate your property, this is something we consider.

 

4: Condition of kitchenLeicester lettings Open House Estate Agents in Leicester are here to help.

The kitchen is the heart of every home. Since the kitchen is so important to a property, it’s good if yours is in good condition. Keeping it clean and updating your appliances is crucial. If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen that is a nice size, this is a great selling point for your property. If not, don’t worry – keeping it modern will still appeal to plenty of people.

 

5: Surroundings

Whilst your property is the main attraction, there’s more to it than having the perfect house. People looking at your house are going to have different needs. All (or most) will need access to shops, most will need to be close to work and some might have children who go to school.

Lucky for most Leicester properties, they’re all in a good location and in easy access to most local amenities.

 

6: Number of bathrooms

In the same way that a kitchen is important, so are bathrooms. Typically a good bathroom can help to significantly increase your property price.

In today’s current property market, people love an ensuite bathroom, where possible. Whilst creating extra bathrooms is expensive, it certainly increases the value of your home. If you don’t have the funds to create a new bathroom, modernise your current one.

 

 

We understand that when we call around for your free Leicester property valuation that you can’t tackle everything we look for, but you can work on making the best of your property. We would not recommend big changes such as renovations or redecoration as most of the time a little turns out to be a lot. House prices in Leicester are constantly changing, but it is important that you do what you can to ensure you get the best-selling price.

Get in touch today for your free Leicester house valuation at Open House Leicester – we’re more than happy to help you on all aspects of selling your home. Call 0116 243 7938 or email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk

House Prices in Leicester: What influences your property price

House Prices in Leicester: What influences your property price

House Prices in Leicester: What influences your property price

House Prices in Leicester: What influences your property price

Leicester provides its residents with a lot of popular suburbs and city centre living and is home to almost 350,000 of us! Today Leicester is predominantly a residential area mainly aimed at families, with a big focus on creating a happy family environment and a great place to live.

Discussing house prices in Leicester has become part and parcel of every day conversation topics in our area, but just what decides how much your home is worth? There are a number of factors which determine house prices, some are logical, based on economic theories and population density whereas others are based on more vague factors such as the feel of the neighbourhood around your property and predicted expansion growth in the future.

 

Facilities and amenities which affect house prices in Leicester

  • Location – Location is key to setting a selling price. Properties that are in good access to the city centre with reliable public transport links or close to the beautiful Leicestershire countryside tend to sell at a higher price. Currently people are interested in properties than can provide a great balance for both work and their social lives.
  • Schools and nurseries – At Open House Leicester we can’t deny that a catchment area for an outstanding or good school can increase the price of your property. Although this is something that is out of you control, we have seen examples of homes in good school catchment areas selling a lot quicker and getting a lot more interest.
  • Property condition and appearance – The appearance of your property and the condition presented really can help to increase the price of your property. A lot of people like to buy properties that they can move straight into and do any works as and when required. Updating bathrooms, kitchens, redecorating and transforming your garden can all significantly add to the value of your home, but make sure you don’t over invest.

 

Current house prices in LeicesterWhat affects the Price of your Syston home?

According to industry statistics the average price for property in Leicester stood at £217,637 in September 2017. This is a rise of 0.54% in the last three months (since June 2017) and rise of 2.78% in the last 12 months.

In terms of property types, flats in Leicester sold for an average of £135,000 and terraced houses for £153,500. This then jumps to £191,000 for semi-detached properties and £335,000 for detached properties. There is no future certainty of house prices on Leicester as nobody can predict how the housing market will pan out over the next few months and years, but properties prices look steady and on the increase.

 

Before you put your Leicester home on the market, it is important you consider how to make the best of your property. We would not recommend big changes such as renovations or redecoration as most of the time a little turns out to be a lot. House prices in Leicester are constantly changing, but it is important that you do what you can to ensure you get the best-selling price.

Do your research, keep an eye on local news, look at other properties in the area and talk to us at Open House Leicester – we’re more than happy to help you on all aspects of selling your home. Call 0116 243 7938 or email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk

4 reasons to rent your Leicester home

4 reasons to rent your Leicester home

4 reasons to rent your Leicester home

4 reasons to rent your Leicester home

The rent or sell debate is a pretty controversial topic with no simple answer, but we want to put an end to the ever-present myth that selling is always better than renting out a property.

People rent out properties for a whole host of reasons, from being financial able to rent out a second home to working away in location that just isn’t a viable daily commute. Renting out your Leicester home doesn’t mean you are throwing away money in the same way that selling a home isn’t always the right decision at certain times in your life. So, we’ve come up with 4 reasons why renting your Leicester home might just be the better option for you.

 

There’s a fixed rent income

A fixed rental income can be a big bonus to many property owners, especially on top of a regular salary or income. An additional income from renting out your property can be put towards a savings fund, future investment or simply to boost your monthly income.

Typically, you agree a fixed lease term or minimum contract with the tenant, meaning that you have a fixed rent income guaranteed for the agreed period of time or even longer, dependant on how long the tenant wants to live there.

 

Invest money on your own terms4 reasons to rent your Leicester home

Choosing not to sell your Leicester home, at least for the moment, opens up other possibilities for saving and investing. Having the ability to choose exactly how you invest your money and where can really work in your favour. After all, with cost of Leicester properties constantly on the rise, your rental investment could really be financially successful in a few years’ time.

Values are increasing so by renting out your house, the tenant pays down your mortgage balance while at the same time values increase. Between every tenant and lease term, we can help you re-evaluate values and determine whether now is the time to sell.

 

Keep your property in order

You have the option of either managing the let yourself, or use a managing agent to work on your behalf. A management agent can take care of every aspect of the letting process, from vetting potential tenants to collecting rent and maintaining the property. If you’re short for time or living away from the property, you can be assured that your Leicester home is in good hands whilst also providing a regular investment.

 

You’re flexible

Renting out your Leicester property leaves you flexible for the future. None of us know what to expect in the future, so if you need to relocate to a new place for a certain amount of time you still have a property and base in Leicester. Renting out your property means that you can come back to it at any time and have not lost out on your investment in the property market.

 

Get expert independent advice when thinking about renting your Leicester home out from Open House Leicester. At Open House Leicester we offer property consultancy services and property management, so talk to us today to find out how you should rent your Leicester home. Call 0116 243 7938 or email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk

What to look for when moving to Oadby

What to look for when moving to Oadby

What to look for when moving to Oadby

What to look for when moving to Oadby

Deciding on which Leicester suburb to call home is difficult, especially when you are looking for a long-term property. Leicester provides its residents with a lot of popular towns and suburbs, however one of the most popular is the town of Oadby.

Oadby is located 10 minutes outside of Leicester city centre but has all the amenities almost everyone needs on a daily basis, so why is Oadby such a popular area of Leicester to live in?

 

Character

Oadby today is predominantly a residential area for families and there’s a big focus on creating a family environment. The town is a mixture of property styles, from Edwardian houses and classic Victoria terraces to well-designed new builds, mixing the character of different periods closely and fluently throughout the town.

Many Oadby properties have examples of wonderful architecture and interior design from previous centuries that have been painstakingly preserved, so if you are looking for a property with character then Oadby may just be the Leicester area for you.

 

Schools

Oadby has some of the most highly regarded state schools in Leicester with almost all primary and secondary schools in the area rated as outstanding by Ofsted. House prices are at a premium in the Oadby area for this reason and typically selling very quickly.

We have seen examples of homes in good and outstanding Oadby school catchment areas selling significantly quicker than other properties and getting a lot more interest. Although this is something that is out of you control, it is important to bear in mind, whether you are buying or selling a property.

 

Lifestyledownsize your home in Birstall

Oadby lies on the southern outskirts of Leicester, between the city and the rolling South Leicestershire countryside. It offers the perfect lifestyle balance between vibrant city living and tranquil countryside experiences.

With easy public transport routes into the city and a short drive to the rolling hills of the Leicestershire countryside, Oadby provides flexibility and choice to your lifestyle. Home that are in good access to the city centre with public transport links or are close to the beautiful surrounding countryside tend to be more popular with a large proportion of Leicester buyers.

 

Amenities

Oadby has everything you need in the Town, from local supermarkets and a post office, to chip shops and even an optician. A thriving high-street is at the centre of this busy and friendly community. The ability to have everything on your doors step really attracts people to the town as compared to many other Leicester suburbs.

 

There are many reasons why Oadby is such a popular area to live in in Leicester, but it seems the consensus is that the local amenities, location and proximity to a good or outstanding school have really made Oadby a desirable area of Leicester to live in.

Do your research, keep an eye on local news, visit the area and talk to us at Open House Leicester – we’re more than happy to help you on all aspects of buying your home. Call 0116 243 7938 or email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk

Online estate agents vs local estate agents

Online estate agents vs local estate agents

Online estate agents vs local estate agents

Online estate agents vs local estate agents

No one can deny that the internet has changed the way people lead their lives. From online food shopping to booking holidays and even buying and selling properties. The possibilities of the internet are pretty much endless.

Buying and selling a property is a scary business, after all it is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. So, when you are in the process of buying, selling or both it can be really beneficial to have an estate agent on hand that you can talk to and understand your situation.

So, what are the differences between online estate agents and local agents in the Leicester area?

 

 

Local knowledge

Typically, a local estate agent knows a lot more about your local area than a national online estate agent. A local estate agent should have a wealth of experience dealing in the local area and above all else up to date local knowledge that can help them achieve the best price for your property.

A large national estate agent chain typically has a rep that works a large area of the country, meaning the chances of them have specific knowledge of your local area is fairly slim. They work on information provide from the company to guide you on a price and will say almost anything to owners to convert you to sell your property with them.

 

Conducting the viewings yourself 

One of the reasons online agents are able to cut down their costs is because you, the landlord or owner will hold the viewings.  Think about it practically, can you afford to take time off work to show people around your home or do you know enough about the questions they may be asking?

With an online estate agent you have to be flexible with viewing arrangements because if you are too restrictive you may be limiting the number of potential buyers to see your property. It’s important to not allow potential buyers or tenants to lose interest in your property, so without a local estate agent to assist with your property viewings, you may be missing out on valuable property viewings.

 

Vetting process

With an online estate agent, anyone can come to view your property What affects the Price of your Syston home?through an arrange viewing, there is no vetting process in place. With a local estate agent such as Open House Leicester, we vet everyone’s position before booking in viewings to make sure they are a good match for the property. Otherwise it’s just a waste of time for a vendor and generally people are just being nosey and window shopping.

 

Marketing

A local estate agent will take care of almost everything. With a strong knowledge of the local area, they will recognise what platforms to market your property for the best results in the local area.

A local estate agent will also cover everything from taking a comprehensive portfolio of photos of your property, both internally and externally, to maximise your property to the market. An estate agent knows what to look out for and the features people are looking for. They can write a strong property description to highlight key aspects of your property and to include information that cannot be photographed. After all, they know what to write to sell a property as they do it every day!

 

Personal approach

With a local estate agent you are receiving a personal service from the moment you pick up the phone on your initial enquiry right through until you pick up the keys to your new property. With an online estate agent you rarely talk to the same person twice, especially after their rep has persuaded you to use their service.

Online estate agents use an automated system through the process of selling your property which is lead by their head office team. Getting in touch with someone who understands your property and where you are in the process really helps when selling your property, after all the more they know, the more they can help you.

 

The upfront cost

Online estate agents typically charge an upfront fee that is required within 7 days of signing your contract and payable whether or not your property is sold. Without this fee, the online estate agent will not proceed with marketing your property.

Online estate agents want as many properties as possible on their books and have local agents based throughout the UK with the main aim of converting your lead into a signature. The reps will do almost anything they can to get you to sign up to the estate agent, as every rep is getting paid for signatures on contracts and not for selling the property.

 

The battle of online estate agents vs local estate agents is growing in the UK, but there are a lot of reasons to use a local Leicester state agent. With a wealth of local knowledge and experience in the industry, a local Leicester estate agent can typically sell your property faster and more efficiently than an online estate agent.

At Open House Leicester we offer free property valuations, so if you want to find out how much your home is worth, talk to us today. Call 0116 243 7938 or email info@openhouseleicester.co.uk

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