Need an estate agent in Cambridge? Choosing the right agent for your ambitions and your property type is key. But your options may be more limited than you thought.
You don’t need us to tell you that property values in Cambridge have skyrocketed in recent years. Compared to many other places in the UK, property prices are high. That has a big impact on the dynamics of the local market – and to achieve the best possible outcome for your sale it’s essential to choose your estate agent in Cambridge carefully.
Here are six tips on how to choose an estate agent in Cambridge:
1. Honesty, clarity and transparency
Not all estate agents are equal. That’s especially true in Cambridge, where some agents are only interested in selling properties that exceed a certain value. If your property falls below that value you could receive a very disinterested and impersonal service. You may even be turned away altogether. But here at Belvoir Cambridge we believe that you are entitled to a timely, clear and honest service – regardless of the value of your property.
2. Respect for your ambitions
The high value of property in Cambridge means that it can sometimes take longer than normal for your sale to reach completion. That leads to some estate agents pricing property to sell quickly. That’s all well and good – if you are looking for a fast sale – and indeed we know exactly how to attract a high number of buyers to spark a bidding war.
But what if you’re hoping to maximise the amount of money you receive for your property? You could miss out on revenue unnecessarily by choosing to work with an estate agent that prices property for quick sales. That’s why the starting point of every sale with Belvoir Cambridge is a no-obligation chat about why you are selling, the outcome you are hoping to achieve, when you would like to sell by and the type of buyer you would prefer to sell to.
3. In-depth knowledge of the local market
The nuances of the property market vary from one place to another. Accordingly the market in Cambridge has characteristics that make it unlike anywhere else in the UK. That’s why it’s best to choose an agent whose understanding of the market is as extensive as Cambridge’s list of Nobel Prize winners.
4. A track record of successful sales
Just as some agents focus on properties above a certain value, others limit themselves to certain types of properties – such as rural homes or city centre apartments. Look for an estate agent in Cambridge that has a proven track record of selling properties that are similar to yours. Belvoir Cambridge successfully sells a huge scope of properties. Come and take a look.
5. An end-to-end service
Selling a property successfully depends on a long chain of individual steps being completed professionally and efficiently. To help with this, while keeping their costs low, some estate agents outsource certain duties to third party suppliers. But beware. The more that’s outsourced, the less personally invested that agent is in your property sale. What’s more third party suppliers have no personal accountability to you as the seller, which can sometimes mean the level of service you receive is lower than you had hoped for.
Here at Belvoir we have the expertise to handle every step of the sales process in-house – from the initial valuation right through to completion. That includes managing the complex conveyancing process and liaising with all parties to ensure your sale stays on track.
6. A good local reputation
In short: estate agents with a good local reputation attract buyers. That makes it more likely that your property will generate interest as soon as it’s put on the market. A prominent high street presence, a memorable brand and – most importantly – a favourable public perception are important things to look for in your choice of estate agent in Cambridge.
Ready to sell? Keen to know more about the process? Call us and we will give you a free property valuation and market consultation. Don’t worry, there’s no obligation to use our services after we have had a conversation about your property. But our expert insight may help you reach one or two conclusions about what you’d like to achieve from your property sale.
Georgina Gray is Belvoir Cambridge’s Sales Manager. With close to 10 years experience of working in the Cambridge property market, Georgina understands all of the unique advantages of this historic city and is passionate about helping vendors and buyers alike. If you’re thinking of selling your home here in Cambridge then give her a call for a free no-obligation valuation