It’s that time of year when spring means looking for houses for sale UK as people look to move homes in the annual house hunting season.
However, 2016 is also likely to see a big leap in the number of house sellers looking to sell their property under their own steam without using an estate agent.
There are a number of reasons for doing this including the chance to save what can be hefty estate agency fees – they will charge between 1.5% and 3% of the selling price.
While many potential vendors may not appreciate what estate agents do for their money it’s also a fact that it’s easier to sell a home now with most people beginning their search online for a new property.
This is one reason why people are looking to sell their home by themselves and the rules on selling homes online have changed.
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As a result, private property sale websites are growing in popularity as they can help connect those looking to buy houses UK with vendors and help save the home seller thousands of pounds in agent fees.
Signing up with a private sale website will still see them put up a ‘For sale’ board outside the property with the seller’s telephone number on it.
Selling a property by yourself really is a DIY approach since the seller will need to take the necessary photographs to show the property in its best light and also organise an Energy Performance Certificate, known as an EPC.
Then comes the opportunity of showing a potential buyer around the property and also having to negotiate on price with someone who wants to buy it.
Looking for houses for sale Manchester
For anyone using a DIY home selling site should expect to pay between £200 and £600 for posting the images and matching the home seller with a potential buyer and it is worth considering for those who, for instance, might be looking for houses for sale Manchester.
Many of the sites also place the property’s details on the portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove which many people visit in their search for a new home.
To illustrate how easy it is to sell a property without using an estate agent, the BBC website took a close look at the savings that could be made and for one seller in Reading, they saved nearly £5,000 on a property worth £265,000.
The changing property selling landscape means that anyone looking for houses for sale UK needs to appreciate the DIY house sellers are also looking for buyers and they will soon make-up a sizeable part of the market.