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                                                    About Online Estate Agents                                          


About Online Estate Agents, how to choose an online estate agent and the differences between online estate agents, local estate agents, a satellite estate agent and a private property sale. 






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How to choose an Online Estate Agent


How do you find the best Online Estate Agent? 


What is an Online Estate Agent?


More "online estate agents"  or 'hybrid Estate Agents' have been setting up online services to abandon offices and  save on costs. 


But most estate agents are 'online estate agents' because they have a website and they advertise their properties, in one way or another, online. 


The term online estate agent was originally coined to refer to Estate Agent's who's main business base was the website and not local traditional high Street Offices. 


An online estate agent is often referred to as a none-office Estate Agent and they can save considerable amounts of money due to savings on overheads.  They can upload your property details to all the major property portals.


The downside is that you will need to conduct all viewings of your home. The upside is that they will be less expensive - and if you chose the right one - they can be more efficient in dealing with your sale, negotiations and buyer communications than a local estate agent.


What is a property portal?


A property portal is a website which advertises a number of properties for sale from a number of Estate Agents.  


As property searches have become easier to do from the internet, estate agents need less advertising in newspapers and don't receive as many enquiries in their offices. The property portals facilitate this by dealing with millions of property searches by buyers each month.


The following are property portals:   Rightmove  Findaproperty   Fish4homes  Propertyfinder  Primelocation  Zoopla   ThinkProperty   Homes and Property Look4aproperty   Home Sale Network 


A local estate agent


The benefit of a local estate agent is that they can arrange to conduct the viewings for you and they are more likely to have some local buyers who are not connected to the internet and still use only high street agents to search for property to buy.


A satellite or none-office estate agent

In order to cut costs some traditional High Street Estate agency chains are recruiting local Estate Agents who work from home and use a website for all the usual functions of estate agency similar to an online Estate Agent - but with one contact for your location and a head office.


Private property sale

A private property sale - or private property sale websites could at one time advertise your property on the major property portals such as Rightmove - but no longer. Possibly due to pressure from the Estate Agents, most of the property portals do not advertise property for sale by the owner.  So you are unlikely to get the necessary exposure without a suitable estate agent. 


Instructing an Online Estate Agent

Instructing an online Estate Agent can save you thousands of pounds in Estate Agent fees.  You need to be sure first that you are happy to conduct your own viewings and have access to the internet so that you can set up your online account and check statistics and details.




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