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Who To Talk To About Selling Your House

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When I considered the question about who to talk to about selling your house, I had to think long and hard about what to advise. I wanted to include “ask me”, as I have probably most of the experience necessary when it comes to selling a house, but of course I can’t speak to everyone.

There aren’t many people you can talk to about selling your house, especially if you’re looking for some who doesn’t have some sort of ulterior motive for speaking with you, which includes estate agents unfortunately.

With that said, let’s take a look at who you might be able to talk to about selling your house.

  1. Talk to an estate agent.
  2. Speak with a second estate agent.
  3. Talk to a builder or developer.
  4. Speak with a relative.
  5. Chat to a friend.
  6. Speak to someone at your local bar or pub.
  7. Speak to colleagues at your local church.

Depending on what it is you want to talk to about selling your house might depend on whether or not you actually need to speak to someone at all. With this in mind, and if you have asked this question because you are questioning what you should fix on your house, and what not to fix on to sell your house, you might like to take a look at my online video course first.

My online video course can be found here:  How To Sell Your House In Under 2 Weeks For More Money.

As a bit of a teaser to this video course, which may very well be the best investment you ever make when selling your house, you may be interested to learn about who bought one of my houses, the experience from which I used to design the course. The person who bought this house was in fact the very first person who walked through the front door. All is revealed in the introductory video on the above linked-to page.

With that said, let’s go into a bit more detail on the above list of who to talk to about selling your house.

Talk to an estate agent

The most likely person to talk to about selling your house is an estate agent. But not all estate agents are created equal, and some are better than others, and some will give better advice than others too. Get a recommendation from someone you know who has used a local estate agent themselves to sell their own house.

If you want help with how to choose an estate agent, this article will help your decision process: How To Choose An Estate Agent (Don’t Choose Before Reading These 7 Tips).

Speak with a second estate agent

I always recommend you speak to more than one estate agent. Getting a second opinion from another estate agent is a must when selling your house, as a mistake can be costly. Selling a house can be stressful at the best of times, so one way to reduce your stress is to speak to at least two to three estate agents to calm your nerves.

One of your reasons for wanting to speak with someone about selling your house might be to find out how long it takes to sell your house. A part of your interview process should include finding out about how many buyers the estate agent has on their list. Find out how they market and promote themselves, and ask how long it takes them to sell a house.

I have a friend who is an estate agent who uses all mediums to attract prospective buyers, which includes radio advertising. Which means that as soon as he lists a new house for sale, it gets snapped up very fast because he has a long list of buyers waiting to buy.

Talk to a builder or developer

Builders and developers will be knowledgeable about property, especially developers, as they develop houses to sell. Developers are all about making a profit when selling a house. This means that developers will know how to sell houses, as this is their business. Developers are therefore likely to be in a good position to give you good advice.

Of course it will be helpful if you already know a friendly developer you can speak with, but if you don’t, look for the nearest development in your area and ask if you can speak with the developer. What I say is “If you don’t ask, you don’t get“, and you never know they maybe happy to help.

I am fortunate, as I have a friend who is a developer and I’ve often asked for his opinion on property, whether that is to ask his opinion to sell a property or to buy another one.

Speak with a relative

If you are looking to speak to someone about selling your house, a relative is a good place to begin, as you can usually trust a relative. However, make sure that the relative you speak with has bought and sold at least one house themselves (preferably that they’ve sold before). You should never take advice from anyone who has not done what it is you are asking for advice about.

To choose the right relative to take advice from, I suggest you go with the oldest persons first. You need to speak with a relative with experience and who is wise. The person will hopefully made the mistakes that you are trying to avoid.

Chat to a friend

As with speaking to a relative, when you choose a friend to speak with about selling your house, make sure the friend has sold at least one property before. There’s no value in speaking to anyone who hasn’t already gone through the house sales process, as they will simple not have the necessary experience to advise you.

Better still would be to find a friend who has sold more than one house before, as they will have even more experience. Plus it’s likely that a friend who has sold multiple times before will have make a few mistakes that you can learn from. Learning from other people’s mistakes is far cheaper than learning from your own mistakes.

Speak to someone at your local bar or pub

If you are a local pub goer, then you could use your local community for help. However, you will always get the person who supposedly knows it all, but has never done anything.

The same rules apply, if you are going to take advice from someone in your local pub, it should only be from a person or people who have sold at least one house in the past, and preferably several.

You may even find that one of the people in the pub is a builder with good local knowledge, a developer or even an estate agent who will know about property and your local market.

If nothing else, you can ask for advice on the best estate agents in the area and who people used to sell their house, and who not to use.

Speak to colleagues at your local church

As with speaking to a relative or someone at your local pub, taking advice from anyone at your local church should be from people who have already sold at least one house before.

Final thoughts about who to talk to about selling your house

When talking to anyone about selling your house you may want to speak to more than one person if this is your first time selling a house. This might be to speak with two or three different estate agents, or to an estate agent and a relative, and so on.

But above all, ask the person how many houses they have sold before you ask them for their advice.

But also, and as already suggested at the beginning of this article, I suggested you take a look at my video course about how to sell your house quickly. You can find this course here: Sell Your House In Under 2 Weeks For More Money.

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Who To Talk To About Selling Your House

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been investing in property since purchasing his first commercial property in the 1990's for his own Chartered Accountancy business. But his first property investment project was to turn an old dilapidated restaurant into a large 5-bed home, which he purchased for £117,500 and sold for £450,000 (to see an "after" photo of the house before it was sold see here: About). Russell owns a number of investment properties, which includes houses, flats and HMO's. More recently he has turned his creative side to investing in property using lease options. His largest lease option deal to date was to acquire 12 properties worth over £2 million for just £12, which means he paid just £1 to acquire each property!

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