Estate Agency Fee Warning by Heather Hilder on February 12, 2019 Estate Agency Fee Warning Up-front estate agency fees don’t add up! If you’re thinking of moving, beware of agents who advertise a surprisingly low commission to entice you, as a prospective seller, to invite them to your home with a view to listing your property with them. They might even offer to throw in the VAT, conveyancing and other costs! Smell a rat? The “deal” is that, in return for the low fixed fee, you are required to pay the agent’s fees up front. This is totally contrary to the concept of having an agent who is 100% on your side and fully motivated to sell your home, as quickly as possible and for the highest price the market will pay. What better way to support a lazy agent! The agent will of course tell you that buyers come from the internet nowadays. They’ll tell you that their use of technology enables them to achieve cost savings, which they pass on to their clients. Nonsense. Technology frees up time so that expert negotiators can do more of what they do best – sell, negotiate, nurture and facilitate linked property transactions. But it gets worse! During your meeting, the agent may then try to sell you other services, such as accompanied viewings, negotiation, sales progression support, a 'For Sale' board, etc for an additional fee. These costs add up and sellers can end up paying, in advance, the same, if not higher, levels of commission than they would have paid with a regular agent, who would have only charged on results! Some online agents even try to get you to sign a credit agreement to cover their costs! So you now have an unexpected loan agreement as well… Of course, if you want the reassurance of working with one of the most respected and successful agents in Brighton & Hove, proven to deliver results, where personal values are sharpened with a contemporary approach, then please feel free to contact me on 01273-735237. No pressure, – just straight talking good advice – and, we only charge when we deliver the results you need!