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What does the estate agent do?

The estate agent first of all visits the house in order to value it and decide on an asking price with you. You may wish to ask more than one estate agent to call and value the house. It is also advisable for you to check the price that the estate agent suggests by comparing it to similar houses in the local paper or relevant internet sites.

The estate agent will prepare details of the house to send out to people who are interested in buying it. These details will include the number and size of the rooms and all the fixtures and fittings which will be left in the house. The estate agent also arranges for the property to be advertised. The Estate Agent usually shows potential buyers around the house however you can do this yourself but if this would cause problems, for example, if you are out at work or away a lot of the time, the estate agent usually is prepared to do this themselves.

You may find that you have received more than one offer on your home. You can sell the house to whoever you want and do not have to sell to the buyer who offers the most money. Your Estate Agent will help you decide who to sell to.

You may wish to take into account whether the buyer:
·  Is a first time buyer?
·  Has found a buyer for their own property. If so, is it part of a chain of buying and selling and how long is the chain?
·  Is paying cash or is likely to get a mortgage?
·  Wants to move at the same time as you?

If you are using an estate agent, it is often easier for the estate agent to find out this information from the buyer.

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