POSTED 04 April 2016 General

How to Sell your House Online

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How can you market your property?

Once you’ve decided that you want to sell your home, then you need to decide how you want to market it. There are several options:

  • Traditional Estate Agents - Traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ estate agents who advertise in their shop windows, newspapers and online too. They make their money through commision, a percentage of the final sale price, usually around 0.5 - 3% +VAT.
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  • Auction - This is a quick way of selling your home to the highest bidder.
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  • Online Estate Agents - Dealing only with online listings and advertising, online estate agents are cheaper as they only charge a one-off fee.
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  • Private SaleDIY it and cut out the middleman, though you will have to deal with a lot of paperwork and legal hoops to jump through.

House selling options
Online Agent  High-Street Agent Auction  Private Sale 

Service provision

House sales and lettings. Comprehensive package with the seller only conducting viewings

House sales and lettings. Comprehensive package House sales and lettings. Minimal service provision Full DIY service 
Presence 

Online, phone and email (longer hours)

High street office, some online and limited phone/email contact. Online and auction house   None

Fees

Low cost, fixed fees (pay upfront or defer payment)

Commision based structure (0.5%-3% +VAT)  Auction entry fee and Commision based structure (1%-3%)  None

Local knowledge

Limited (certain online agents with local experts have more extensive local knowledge)

Very good - usually local agents with good experience of the area None  Good
Best for Sellers looking to save money, sell faster and are not bothered by lack of physical presence Sellers who require a physical presence and are not confident handling some aspects of the sale process Sellers requiring a very quick sale, via bidding which can result in a higher sale price Sellers confident they can secure a buyer and those looking to save as much as possible
 Not so good for  Sellers requiring constant contact with a local expert and those not willing to be involved in the sales process Sellers who want to minimise costs and who require some control over the sale process  Sellers not willing to pay much higher costs with no guarantee of expected house price at sale  Sellers with no time or experience handling the whole sale process by themselves
 

Why should I sell my house online? 

Selling your house online has many advantages, from being able to reach a wider range of potential buyers to cutting out those potentially huge estate agent fees charged by traditional estate agents.

The use of online technology to speed up the sale process also means selling your home via online agents can be hugely beneficial to those wanting a quick sale without compromising on the value of your property. 

What to look for in a potential online estate agent

Using an online estate agents can be one of the better options for selling your home, so if you do decide to use one but are wondering how to sell a property online, then there are a few things that you should look for from the agent:

  • An initial visit to your property where floor plans, professional photographs and an attractive description are collected by an agent representing the company. Online, these things are particularly important, because they can mean the difference between someone wanting to view your property and not even clicking on the listing.
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  • House viewings carried out by a representative at a time to suit you – perfect for those of you with a busy lifestyle, or you can choose to conduct viewings yourself. House viewings conducted by the owner can often be more successful, as viewers can ask questions that the owner can answer there and then.
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  • We live in a digital world and so it makes sense to have your home advertised on the most popular UK property sites. Unlike a traditional estate agent, most online agents focus solely on listing your property online, which means reduced fees and an overall saving for you, the customer.  
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  • A personal service where you have one dedicated personal negotiator who understands and is part of every aspect of your property sale.

How do I sell my house online then?

One option is to use an experienced online estate agent such as ourselves, we can manage the process and help sell your home in no time. This is how we help you to achieve a quick house sale:

Arrange a viewing

When you use an online estate agent, a trained local estate agent will come round to your home to value it for free to ensure that when put on the market it will receive the highest possible price.

You can arrange a time that’s best for you, so if you’re thinking I want to sell my house fast, arrange the valuation viewing for as soon as possible.

Agree a payment plan

When selling online, most online estate agents charge a flat fee which includes everything from start to finish with no hidden costs or fees to pay at the end.

So the financial aspect of selling your home is sorted out really quickly, all you have to do is choose how you’d like to pay it, whether it’s upfront in one go or by a deferral scheme (e.g. no sale, no fee). 

This saves you time and money working out what a final figure might be and makes the process of selling your home much faster than going through a traditional estate agent.

Get your home online in 48 hours

As soon as you’ve sorted out the financial aspects of selling your home, you can get it online in no time. Our local agent will come round and take shots of your home, make a virtual tour and write up the accompanying descriptions, this part of the process takes approximately 48 hours. 

It’s really important to make sure your house looks its best and that you’re happy with the shots and feel it accurately represents your home. Once you’ve approved these images your home can be advertised on the web within 24 to 48 hours and featured on all the top property sites including Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation. 

This is just one of the ways that using online estate agents like House Network is the best way to sell your house fast.

Arrange viewings

Once your home is up for sale on the web, you could get interest from potential buyers the very same day, so getting it online as fast as possible is crucial to selling your home quickly.

Your availability for face-to-face viewings means that this is probably the stage of selling your home online that takes longest. As there are so many people looking for homes online, you should have a lot of interest fairly quickly and be able to organise a quick house sale in the next few weeks.

It’s up to you to decide what offer to accept and once that’s all confirmed the completion of the sale goes through.

Selling your house online is increasingly quicker than offline methods, with some sellers having their sale completely finalised within several weeks. If you’re looking for a faster method to sell your house then utilising the online method may be the most beneficial route.

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