Estate agent sneaky tricks – how to spot them?

Although many estate agents are reputable, some use sneaky tricks to get you to sell through them. Learn these tricks now to prevent any problems selling in the future.

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Frequently asked queries about tricks that estate agents sometimes use

There are several queries we get about estate agents and sneaky tricks they might use, and after many years in the business of buying properties we’ve heard these three frequently:

✅ Are there alternative ways to sell other than with an estate agent?

Yes. One option is selling through an auctioneer, although they might set the initial bid for your house at a low level in order to generate interest from bidders – and you might end up losing out on valuable profit if it sells at that price. Or you could sell quickly to a property buying company who’ll buy your house for cash without charging any fees.

✅ How can I find a reputable estate agent?

You can search the website of The Property Ombudsman which sets the rules and regulations for estate agents. It keeps a list of members who must abide by those standards, so if your estate agent is not listed as a member of TPO you should be wary of doing business with them.

✅ How do I know if an estate agent won't be right for me?

You should spend some time doing research on local estate agents before you contact them, because this will give you an idea of the types of properties that they sell. Some untrustworthy estate agents take on all shapes and sizes of homes even if their speciality is selling just one type of property, simply because they want more business.

Sidestep any problems with estate agents by selling your home to us

Cut out all the hassle of dealing with a tricky estate agent by calling 020 7183 3022 and talking to LDN Properties about selling your home. We make quick cash offers to buy houses and flats through a simple and stress-free process for which you’ll never have to pay us any fees. You can also get in touch with our team by clicking on the "Request Offer" button below.

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