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We had nothing to lose but everything to gain by going it alone!
Jane King from Essex told us about her first experience of selling without an agent

“We hadn’t sold privately before, but after trying with an estate agent we were dissatisfied with their service in terms of feedback etc, so decided we had nothing to lose but everything to gain by going it alone.  

We chose HouseWeb and found the site extremely easy to use and Customer Services very helpful. We chose the Platinum package which included the upload to other sites, 20 photos and a For Sale Board, which generated a few enquiries. We were pleased with that as the house is set back from the road and the board was not that easy to see. 

It took a while to sell because we had a few buyers who pulled out at the last minute due to problems along the chain. We eventually sold for about the same price as the agent valued the house and saved around £8,000. 

Using an agent is not necessarily the wrong decision and can certainly be successful. You can of course do both at the same time.  However, there are considerable savings to be made selling privately via HouseWeb, plus we found it to be less stressful and felt much more in control than using an agent. 

I would say that when selling your own house you need to be flexible for viewings particularly during the winter months as often the house needs to be viewed during the day.  Negotiating is not easy but you do get better as you go along.” 


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