Selling your property in Peterborough? Your estate agent can make or break your sales experience. Not least in terms of achieving your desired outcome and minimising stress. Yet not all services are created equal.
Selling your property in Peterborough: your choice of estate agent is key
Selling residential property: you know it’s a major undertaking. The financial transaction alone may be one of the biggest of your life. So naturally you would hope for a smooth sales process, with a great price at the end of it. That’s why it’s best to choose your estate agent carefully.
Here at Belvoir Peterborough we make everything simple by handling the entire sales process in-house. The same cannot be said for all estate agents. In fact it can be a shock to learn how many third parties and unqualified ‘experts’ can be involved in selling your home.
So who’s really selling property in Peterborough?
National agents without local knowledge
Some estate agents have branches across the UK. Of course, you cannot operate somewhere without picking up local knowledge. But it’s also true that nationally-focused agents can lack the depth of regional insight that you get with local independents. That can result in errant valuations and a lack of the really meaningful, illuminating regional knowledge that inspires potential buyers. National agents may also be under pressure from area managers to hit certain sales quotas, which can make it tempting to price down your property.
Here at Belvoir Peterborough we run a totally independent office. Our property agents all live locally and have unparalleled knowledge of the local market and local property prices. That ensures our sellers always know the true value of their property. So they can make intelligent, confident decisions when offers come in.
Local agents without coverage
Local estate agents in Peterborough don’t always cover the entire region. Belvoir covers postcodes PE1 to PE8 and has built a reputation as experts in the Peterborough property market. Local buyers are aware of us and actively monitor our property listings. That can make it easier to secure a quick sale on your property – if that’s what you’re looking for, of course.
Inexperienced temps or new hires
Some estate agents send junior staff or temps to conduct property viewings – especially during busy periods. Who would you rather was showing potential buyers around your home: a new hire lacking experience, a temp with little commitment to their current employer or an experienced property agent with in-depth knowledge of the local market? It’s a no-brainer. That’s why Belvoir estate agents Peterborough always send experienced and knowledgeable staff to conduct viewings.
There’s lots of legwork involved with selling a property. For some estate agents it’s routine, not to mention cost-efficient, to outsource some of it to external suppliers. The problem is that outsourced professionals are not personally invested in you as a customer. They are not motivated by driving the best possible outcomes for you. Everything from the photography of your property to the valuation can be outsourced.
Assuming you’re not doing it yourself…
Online estate agents
Online estate agents can be particularly hands-off. In some cases you will have to write your own detailed property description and submit your own photography. That’s all well and good. But great photography and the right descriptions really matter. An expert property agent knows how to show off your property and position it to drive enquiries from the right type of buyer.
A call centre
Some national and many online estate agents have outsourced their contact functions to call centres. That can make it very difficult to talk to the people who are actually selling your property. Instead your first point of contact may be someone with no firsthand knowledge of your property, nor the people who have enquired, viewed or made an offer. With Belvoir you get a designated contact who is directly involved with the sale of your property. We hate call centres as much as everyone else.
An agent that’s keen to turf out your tenants
Are you trying to sell property as a landlord in Peterborough? Some estate agents will insist that your tenants leave before they market your property. That restricts your flexibility and plugs one of your income streams. Belvoir operates a multi-award-winning lettings franchise. We know that we can sell your property with tenants in situ – either to an owner-occupier or an investor. In fact we maintain a roster of landlords and investors who are keen to expand their property portfolio.
Belvoir does it differently…here’s your team
Sell your property with Belvoir Peterborough and everything – from valuation and viewings to liaising with solicitors – is handled expertly in-house. That’s a promise. Here’s an introduction to the Belvoir Peterborough team that take care of residential sales.
Lottie Hostead | Sales Manager
Born and bred in Peterborough and with a decade of experience in the regional property market, Lottie knows the area like the back of her hand. She has enviable experience in all areas of residential sales.
Diane Dalton | Sales Valuer
Diane has been with Belvoir Peterborough for several years and takes huge satisfaction in matching vendor and buyer, working closely with all parties to reach a successful outcome.
Natalie Fitzjohn | Sales Negotiator
Natalie knows our properties inside-out and makes it her mission to gather a detailed understanding of each client’s requirements. She loves carrying out viewings and explaining the unique benefits of each property to potential buyers.
Victoria Lynn | Sales Administrator
Victoria’s main aim is to see sales through from offer to completion by working closely with vendor, buyer and solicitors to ensure that sales progress quickly and that all parties are kept up to speed.
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This blog is written by Lottie, Lottie Hostead is Belvoir Esatae Agency Peterborough’s Property Sales Manager. Born and raised here she is both a property expert with 10 years experience selling homes in Peterborough and a genuine local. If you’re thinking of selling your home here then give her a call for a free no-obligation valuation.