How to choose an estate agent?

Ready to up sticks and find a property that better meets your family’s needs? Then you’re likely to be looking for an experienced and knowledgeable local estate agent to sell your current home. Unfortunately, finding an estate agent that has your best interests at heart can be a challenge, so it’s important to do your research before committing to an agency.

If you’re fed up with searching online for the “best estate agent in my area”, then don’t worry.

At Mistoria Estate Agents Worsley, we know what makes a good property estate agent. To find an estate agent you can trust, simply follow our guidance.

What makes a good estate agent?


First and foremost, you need to be able to trust your estate agent. One way to do this is by visiting their local branch in person and/or checking whether the business is registered correctly using the National Trading Standard’s Property Agent Checker. This process can highlight if you’re considering working with an inauthentic or unregistered estate agency.


Once you’ve established whether the estate agent is registered and legitimate, one of the most important qualities to assess next is their ability to communicate. Communication is essential when it comes to selling properties because the property market is incredibly time sensitive. If your estate agent fails to keep you in the loop with timely updates, sellers can become easily frustrated or even lose out on prospective buyers.


To aid effective communication, a good estate agent will also need to be personable and to some extent, intuitive of the buyer’s needs. For example, the estate agent should be aware of the buyer’s contact preferences – some clients may prefer a formal email while others may favour a handy text update. Working with an estate agent that can predict these preferences and build a rapport is therefore paramount to a fuss-free selling experience.

Motivated by you

Estate agents typically benefit when their clients do well, which is why a good estate agent should always prioritise the buyer’s requirements. Instead of looking out for themselves, the right estate agent will spend more time asking their client questions and listening to you with a view to really understanding your property selling wants and needs.

Should I use sole or multiple estate agents?

For the seller, the biggest benefit of committing to one estate agent is typically the price – using just one estate agent is a much more affordable option than using several different agencies, as multi-agent agreements can be more expensive. Furthermore, working with one capable estate agent can be much easier than juggling communications from several different agencies.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that using a sole agent will often include an exclusivity period that will prevent you from using another. If you do decide to use another estate agent to sell your property, you might be required to pay commission to both. Moreover, working with a sole estate agent can also make selling your home a longer process due to fewer potential buyers and a lack of competition between agents.

Ultimately, the decision to use a sole estate agent or several agents will often depend on your budget and how long you can afford to wait for your property to sell. Those who are raring to up sticks and leave may find multiple estate agents to be the better option, while those who aren’t in a rush to move might find the hassle-free and affordable route of opting for a singular agency more favourable.

How much should estate agents charge?

According to The Advisory, the average agency fee for a sole agency agreement in England and Wales is 1.18%+VAT. This is based on a no sale, no fee basis. Typically, you can expect to spend anywhere from 1%+VAT to 2%+VAT. To find out how much it would cost for the experienced sales team at Mistoria Estate Agents to list your property, please don’t hesitate to reach out today or to discover more online.

How to negotiate estate agent fees

When negotiating estate agent fees, it’s crucial that you avoid doing business with any agency that is too quick to drop its prices. This significant drop could indicate inexperience on their side or even provide insight into their negotiation tactics with potential buyers – bad news when you’re the seller!

If the estate agent only drops their fees slightly, this still shows a willingness to work with you while maintaining confidence in their ability to achieve great results in the form of lots of potential buyers and offers. Looking for a little wiggle room in their fees is, therefore, often the best approach to bagging a good estate agent.

Choosing the best estate agent to sell your house

If you’re wondering how to choose an estate agent to sell your home, then look no further than the hand-picked talented sales team at Mistoria Estate Agents Worsley. Our Worsley agency has the ability to sell homes across Manchester with a particular emphasis on properties located in the Worsley, Monton, Eccles, Swinton, Walkden, Boothstown, Ellesmere Park, Mosley Common, Roe Green, Tyldesley, Ellenbrook, and Clifton area.

Regardless of whether you want a speedy sale or to find the highest bidder, we can help you to get the most out of selling your home. Approachable, local and highly-regarded experts in our industry, thanks to decades of collective experience, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our sales team today. You can either give us a call at 0161 790 3999 to discuss your property sale or drop us an email at Alternatively, you can always visit our Worsley branch on Memorial Road or use our convenient online contact form to get in touch while we’re closed. Simply fill in your basic contact details alongside your enquiry, and a knowledgeable member of our team will be in touch.

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