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Compare Online Estate Agents19th January 2015
We selected the top fifteen online estate agents as they appear in a google search when you apply the search term "online estate agents". It should be noted that their are other online estate agents in the UK, some of which may appear in future results tables.
Having a quick look at all of the websites, it became clear that many of the agents advertised a low price, but then added additional charges for extras such as photographs, floor plans, sales progression, for sale boards etc… All of which we would consider to be part of a standard Estate Agency Service. So we set a minimum criteria for what we would deem to be the service expected by most vendors as an estate agency service. This way we could create a level playing field so the cost of each online estate agent could be compared.
As a minimum we would expect online estate agents to offer at least a home visit, price guide, photographs, floor plan, inclusion on Rightmove and Zoopla, a Rightmove Premium Display, for sale board, weekly performance update, arranging viewings, obtaining viewer feedback, negotiating offers, sales chasing and a personal account manager.
The results were very interesting and showed that turtlehomes.co.uk online estate agents are the best value offering all of the above for just £325+VAT. Surprisingly the most expensive agent charged £817+VAT for exactly the same level of service. Also other websites such as Selling Up rank us as among the best value online agents.
One of the agents had a strange way of charging in that they charge £35+VAT for each viewings. For our calculations we estimated that an average of six viewings would be required in order to secure a sale. In reality it is probably closer to ten. An interesting way of charging customers though, but surely it gives the agent and incentive to not sell the property!!
Please see full tables of results below to compare online estate agents. It shows you exactly the service that each agent offers. Blue entries indicate the services that are included, whereas the red entries show services that are not included, or are chargeable.