Tips for selling your house: Using online estate agents could save you THOUSANDS | Property | Life & Style

More than 95 per cent of house hunters begin their new property search online. 

But did you know selling your property online can result in lower fees and land you a successful sale?

One online estate agent, HouseSimple, says you’re 40 per cent more likely to triumphantly sell your house by doing it online. 

Using an online estate agent can also help sell your house faster than on the high street, with many firms claiming they can do it in 21 days rather than the average 65. 

One way they’re able to do this is by advertising homes on more than 500 local and national property sites, including the most visited property search engines (Rightmove, Zoopla and PrimeLocation), ensuring listings get maximum visibility. 

Alex Gosling, CEO of HouseSimple, said: “With most people now starting their property search online it makes perfect sense to sell online too. 

“People are now so comfortable interacting in an online world that there’s no reason why the entire property sale process can’t be carried out online. 

“However, it’s not just the convenience of selling online that attracts sellers. Home sellers can save thousands of pounds selling through an online agent like HouseSimple. That’s extremely attractive to homeowners. 

“And why pay thousands of pounds more to a high street agent to sell your property? You are paying higher fees to essentially subsidise their office and car fleet costs.” 

For more information on HouseSimple, visit https://www.housesimple.com/how-to-sell-my-house-online.  

While selling your house online can be more convenient there are some things you miss out on when using an online estate agent. 

According to Which? even online estate agents with regional representatives could struggle to compete with a high street agent, who will know your neighbourhood and its property market inside out. 

It also says you’ll usually have to conduct viewings yourself, so you’ll ned to be comfortable showing strangers around your home. 

And because most online estate agents charge a flat fee rather than commission, they have less incentive to get the best-possible price for you. 

But it adds: “That said, they have reputations to maintain, and many companies claim to typically achieve 99 per cent of the asking price.” 

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