How to Find the Right Agent when Selling a Rural Home

publication date: Feb 18, 2010
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

How to Find the Right Agent when Selling a Rural Home

When selling a property in the country it is essential to find the right agent, otherwise you could be left on the market for weeks without any viewers and that is very depressing.

The first thing to work out is which agent has successfully sold property locally. You can do this by talking to people as suggested in our article 'How to Sell a Rural Property', or you can visit local agents and ask them the same questions about selling a rural home. Those agents that can show you properties they have actually sold in your area recently (ie the last six months to a year), are likely to be better than the ones that ‘would like the opportunity’ but haven’t ever sold one.

Another thing that you do need to take into consideration is the price bracket you are selling in. If your property is £500,000+ then you are more likely to need a rural specialist agent. This is especially the case if you have a home worth more than £1 million. These agents are likely to have a network and database they can tap into as soon as you decide to sell. Examples are Lane Fox, Strutt and Parker and Chesterton/Humberts.

Do be aware that the cost of selling via the more ‘exclusive’ property agents does tend to cost more, even during a credit crunch. You could pay up to 4% commission on the asking price, but during the credit crunch, it’s good to negotiate! They may also charge you for high quality brochures and newspaper adverts and even the photos. Before you run away from this more ‘expensive’ service, be sure you are doing the right thing, as selling with an agent that buyers never go to just to save a few percent of commission, could mean you just never sell your home!

If your property and area is ‘half way’ between two busy places such as Leeds and Manchester, it may well be worth you finding one agent that is represented in both towns. Alternatively you can look to instruct two agents, one in each area under a ‘multi agent’ agreement. This allows you to cover both markets and try to reach as many potential buyers as possible. Although, you may well pay more for this service, as sole agency costs around 1-1.5% and joint or multiple agency could cost from 2% to 4%.

Do you need to find a good estate agent to sell your home – then contact us at or tel 0845 838 1763.

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