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How to choose estate agent

  • 18-03-2019 10:05pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,404 ✭✭✭ VW 1

    Thinking of looking to sell in the Dublin 11 area. What are the main points to consider when choosing an estate agent? Is the bottom line to consider the estate agents fees, or should quality of service be considered?

    Is there much differentiation between estate agents in terms of quality of service, or is it a case the house will get sold anyway? Finally, has anyone got any recommendations of who to go with or not to go with?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,458 ✭✭✭ harringtonp

    Anyone anything to add here ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 94 ✭✭ LunaLoo

    Check to see what agent has sold in your area recently. If you are after a quick sale they might have underbidders from those on a list to contact if anything else comes up nearby. In the estate we live in there is one agent who is clearly the favoured one and probably dealt with 95% of the sales in the estate since it was built in early 00s.

    Most will have a 1% fee but just check to see advertising costs

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,665 ✭✭✭ Dodge

    We went a bit the opposite way. Went with an agent who was a big player in the area we were looking to move into to try and build up a rapport with them. We did too, but went with a house from another agent in the end

    The location of your agent doesn’t really matter as they all advertise on daft and myhome and that’s where people find out (through alerts mainly)

  • As another poster has said, check and see which auctioneer is the most active in your area. Then ask him and at least one other to have a look at the property. In short, interview them! Then go with the one you prefer!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,379 ✭✭✭ endofrainbow

    Very important to have an Estate Agent that you trust and actually like. Recommendations from family and friends can be helpful.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,506 ✭✭✭✭ Mad_maxx

    go on sales commission assuming the EA has a reasonably sized outfit , anyone could sell property at the moment but there are some right oddballs working in auctioneering all the same so avoid those , the likes of Sherry Fitz will be the most expensive but may be no better than a small firm , dublin might be more expensive but im sale agreed on a house in Kildare and the EA is charging 1.1% which is significantly below average

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,665 ✭✭✭ Dodge

    My estate agent charged 1% and the others I contacted all had the same. (Sold last summer).

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,506 ✭✭✭✭ Mad_maxx

    most i know charge minimum 1.25% , you know how to negotiate

  • Registered Users Posts: 608 ✭✭✭ eusap

    You don't want an EA that has a take it or leave it attitude to buyers. You are trusting them to interview the potential buyers to your home and advise you on the best buyer (not highest) Out last EA done his homework on the bidders and gave us good advice on who to accept (high chance of completion)

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,080 ✭✭✭ Homer

    Whatever you do make sure you get an agent who takes detailed professional photos and ideally floor plans of your property. It’s the single most expensive thing most people will ever sell and some of the photos that the agents take themselves are simply awful and do the property no favours.

    shop around and compare commission and also marketing costs. An agent based in the locality will absolutely understand the local market vs one who is not.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 94 ✭✭ LunaLoo

    We're paying our estate agent 1% that's in Dublin. He told us he'd have it sale agreed within 2 weeks and only took 8days for a price way beyond what we expected and a "strong" buyer