We got an extra £5,000 PLUS the £6,000 which we saved by not
giving it to an agent.
Mrs Renders from Wilmslow, in Cheshire about her experience
thought about selling privately at the beginning of 2004.
But, because we did not quite know how to go about it, we gave
the sale to an estate agent. We had the house for sale for
4 months and were about to accept an offer when, for medical
reasons, we had to take the house off the market. Since we
had not even given the agent our keys and we had done all the
viewing ourselves, we decided we could do it alone. At
that time we had seen an article in the Mail on Sunday
recommending private sales and HouseWeb was mentioned as one of
the best and one of the most experienced.
process of putting the house on your site was extremely easy and
speedy. The first couple who viewed it made an offer
straight away. After that we got another 8 viewers, 4 of
which were extremely interested, 2 of which were 'fighting' with
the first couple to get the house (which was good for us because
we could up the price a bit).
house was first valued between £460,000 and £480,000. We
thought we could do better, since a similar house in our road
was valued at £495,000 and that house needed a lot of work to
it. The first time our house went on the market (through
the agent) for £525,000 and we accepted an offer for £520,000.
When we put our house on HouseWeb we asked for £549,950 and
have now accepted £525,000. The first time we said that
the price was non negotiable, but experience has taught us that
people want to have a 'bargain'. So, second time round,
through HouseWeb, we got an extra £5,000 PLUS the £6,000 which
we saved by not giving it to an agent.
was much less stressful through your site than through the
agent. For example, the agents phoned us every time
somebody was NOT interested and gave us the reason. I'd
rather not know that. Actions speak louder than words:
if a person does not come back for a second viewing, then he is
not interested, it's as simple as that.
recommend going to an agent and get an estimate of what the
house is worth. Or look around in your area and establish
the price yourself. You don't need an agent to do that.
Dig up an old description from the house you bought and are
living in now (that's what we did) and as some of the
information will be useful for your own description. Be
honest with measurements of the rooms and land.
found the site extremely user friendly. The Customer
Service was phenomenal - I sent an email to them on the Saturday
evening 6 o'clock and got a response within the hour! How
good is that!!!
you again - it was
a most pleasurable experience for a tiny fraction of the cost of
an estate agent!! I save a whopping £6,000.
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