How to find the best estate agent

Having problems finding the best estate agent (or even a good estate agent!) in your local area? If you’re looking for estate agents locally, it pays to know exactly what you should be looking for.

From possessing the relevant credentials to having excellent market knowledge, our expert team explains how to find the best estate agents near you and why you should take your time with this process.

Why is it important to choose the right estate agent?

Regardless of whether you want to find a property in the UK in the desired location for the right price, sell your property for a profit, or ensure the tenants living in your investment property are being properly managed, it’s vital that you enlist help from the right estate agent.

A good estate agent can therefore make all the difference when it comes to getting the best price, customer service, and expert support and guidance.

How to find a good estate agent

Unsure where to start when it comes to finding the best estate agents near you? Instead of automatically opting for the closest branch or the most well-known agency name in your area, we recommend working your way through the below checklist to determine whether they’re actually a good estate agent.

Understand your real estate needs

Knowing which questions to ask is one of the most crucial steps when it comes to finding a good estate agent that can deliver everything you’re looking for. However, you can only ask the right questions once you fully understand your own real estate needs.

Before starting your estate agent search, you must therefore ascertain the type of property services you require. Are you looking for a long-term family home, short-term investment property, complete property management service, or quick sale?

By taking the time to identify your priorities, you can ensure that you choose an estate agent that either specialises in this service or has significant experience in this area.

Focus on estate agents with local market knowledge

Choosing an estate agent with local market knowledge is essential to receiving an accurate valuation (if selling your home) and up-to-date property and market information (if purchasing a property in the area).

Furthermore, a local estate agent branch can also make in-person meetings, property viewings, and submitting paperwork both quicker and easier for both parties.

At Mistoria Estate Agents, for example, we specialise in property in the North West of the UK and have now opened branches in Bolton, Liverpool, Salford, and Worsley, to name just a handful of convenient locations.

Evaluate the estate agent’s credentials

First and foremost, every estate agent should be a member of The Property Ombudsman Scheme as this gives you, as the customer, reassurance if dispute resolution is required. As a result, it provides potential customers with the reassurance that they should receive a good service.

You should also look out for other credentials such as being members of RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Best of all, if the estate agency has any kind of marketing skills, this information should all be readily available on their website.

Meet with potential estate agents

Simply scheduling a phone conversation or even a video call with your potential estate agent, isn’t always enough to determine whether they’re a good estate agent.

Instead, an in-person meeting can encourage a more honest and open discussion, with the added bonus of allowing you to analyse the estate agent’s body language.

Welcoming, honest, and transparent estate agents that are eager to make time for an in-person meeting are often regarded as some of the best estate agents.

Make the final decision

If you’ve whittled your options down to a few of the best estate agents in your local area, making your final decision could be difficult with so many great options.

If in doubt, however, you should ask your neighbours for recommendations and analyse reviews – especially from any recent or repeat customers.

Get in touch with Mistoria Estate Agents

Keen to find a property in the UK and bring your search for the best estate agents in your local area to a swift end? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced team of property professionals at Mistoria Estate Agents.

With branches across the North West of the UK including in key locations like Salford, Bolton, Worsley, and Liverpool, you’re never far from your closest Mistoria Estate Agents office.

Regardless of whether you’d like to learn more about our property selling, buying, or management services, or would simply like to discuss your specific requirements with a knowledgeable member of our team, please feel free to reach out today.

You can either give us a call on 0800 500 3015, submit your enquiry via email to, or use our convenient online contact form to register your interest with our property professionals.

However you decide to contact our team, we hope to hear from you soon!

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