Choosing The Right Estate Agent For You
Working with the right estate agent will help to make your move or property let as stress-free as possible.

estate agent selliing a propertyThere are so many agencies to choose from though – how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some top tips to help you compare the market and find the best estate agent for you.

1. Local Knowledge
Being property experts and understanding the letting or purchase process is important. However local knowledge can make a huge difference in helping you find the right home or tenant for you. Community, amenities, reputation… this type of information is an essential part of your property search. It can only be shared by people who truly know the local market.

2. Proven Expertise
How long has the estate agency been established? Which professional accreditations has it achieved? It’s important to look out for, such as:
- ARLA Property Mark (the UK's foremost professional body for letting agents)
- ARLA Property Mark (the UK's foremost professional body for letting agents)
- NAEA (the UK's leading professional body for estate agency)
- TPOS - The Property Ombudsman Scheme 

3. Recommendations
Does the agent have recent testimonials from customers? Do you know anyone locally? Ask them for recommendations. You could also look around the area you want to move to… agency boards show who is active in the area.
 
4. It’s Good To Talk!
Every credible estate agent should be happy to offer an initial discussion without any pressure to make an immediate decision. Be sure to ask them about these key areas:
- How long have they been established in the local area?
- Are they experienced in sales or lettings or both? Check they have the expertise you need.
- Does the estate agency attend all property viewings?
- What fees and contract period are involved
- How do they advertise properties? Online property portals, local papers, door drops?

5. Vibe
Do you feel relaxed and confident about dealing with the estate agency? Great! Communication and reassurance are so important during the sales and letting processes.

“It’s important to choose an agency which has property expertise and local knowledge, however trust and transparency are essential to a successful working relationship,” says Jason Dyer of JTM Homes. “We’ve been working in the north London property market for over 40 years and love our area. Blending property and community needs is the key to successfully match the right people with their next home.”

Are you thinking of buying, selling, letting or renting in north London? Contact our team for an informal chat. We’ll put the kettle on!