How to Sell Your House Online and the Benefits It Brings

The internet has become a popular place for homeowners to list their properties. Not only is it really convenient and often cheaper, but it’s also where the majority of potential buyers tend to hang out. The popularity of online listings has even led to the development of online estate agents. No longer do you need to go into a high-street branch, you can simply log online, follow a few simple steps and then sit back and wait for the bookings to come flooding in.
If you’re thinking of selling your home online, below you’ll discover some useful tips on how to do it right.
Understanding the process
Online estate agents work in much the same way as high-street agencies. They can value and market your home, as well as arrange any viewings requested. They’ll also negotiate and accept offers if you want them to. You tend to have a lot more flexibility with online agencies, with the option to tailor the services to fit your individual preferences.
The main difference you need to be aware of is the viewings process. Unlike traditional estate agents, with online agencies you’ll usually be the one showing potential buyers around. They arrange the viewings but it falls on you to do the showing. Some do offer to take care of the viewings process for you, but it is something you’ll have to check before moving forward.
Besides that, there aren’t any real differences between the two. One positive benefit of choosing an online agent is they tend to offer much lower fees.
Things to consider
While selling online can be extremely beneficial, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing a well-established estate agency. As online house sales are becoming more popular, there are a lot of new online estate agents popping up. However, they have very little experience so many end up shutting down within a few months. Always choose a company that’s been operating for a while and has built up a good reputation.
You should also make sure you have plenty of attractive pictures of the property to list on the agent site. You should include as many photos as possible as the more you include, the more buyers you will attract.
Once you’re ready to list your property online you should find it a quick and straightforward process. It starts by filling out a quick form, then a member of the agency will contact you. Overall, selling online is cheaper, more convenient and it increases the chance of a quicker sale.

Christopher Walkey

Founder of Estate Agent Networking. Internationally invited speaker on how to build online target audiences using Social Media. Writes about UK property prices, housing, politics and affordable homes.

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