Selling a property is best left to a professional, active real estate agent with a good reputation. They know the market and will not give you a high valuation in order to get your business only to advise you to reduce the asking price when they can’t sell the house. Most agencies in the Algarve are happy to market your property on a non-exclusive basis. At Land & Houses Algarve – Yellow Homes you do not need to sign an exclusive contract. We work on a ‘no cure, no pay’ basis. If you prefer to select only one agent, this is called sole agency. You need to agree with the agent what the advantage is for you. Some agents can by very convincing when they ask you to sign up on an exclusive basis just to lock you in for a fixed period of time. Just ask yourself, if a person thinks he or she may have an advantage versus other agencies and think they will find you a buyer easily, then what is the problem with signing you up on a non-exclusive basis?
When you have decided to list your property with an estate agent, it is important to select the right agency. Your choice depends on the location and type of property you want to sell and should include agents who are in contact with both local and foreign buyers. Your agent will check all documentation of your property. If there are any inconsistencies in the documents you should be informed as soon as possible and correct it. Making sure all documents are in order can avoid a delay in the completion of the sale or worse; you would not be the first vendor who would lose a deal over this.
Preparation is everything when selling a house. You can assist too by making sure the property is presented at its best. The first impression – Kerb Appeal – is very important. You can help us by keeping the garden tidy, repair or replace damaged fences and gates, re-paint woodwork or if necessary the whole house, fix or replace leaking taps, replace defective electric sockets and switches. In addition, remove all clutter, clean the windows, the kitchen and bathrooms must be sparkling clean, air the property well before a viewing and try to keep your pets out of sight. Keep in mind a prospective buyer can feel uncomfortable with pets around or may even be allergic to them. If they do not feel confortable, they may want to leave as quickly as possible leaving you with a missed opportunity to sell the house.
If you are at home during the viewing, try to make yourself scarce. A potential buyer may feel inhibited in your presence and will tend to hasten through the property rather than give it the attention it deserves. Therefore our advice is to let us conduct the viewings on your behalf, after all that’s what you are paying us for!
Covering the whole of the Algarve as independent real estate agents gives us an advantage over local operators as most buyers prefer to deal with only one estate agent if possible. Moreover, a prospective buyer can rest assured they spent their time in an efficient manner by selecting Land & Houses Algarve, knowing we have personally listed each property and are in direct contact with each owner. As a vendor you can benefit from our approach too. No longer do you have to accept viewing appointments made by an agent who has not met the prospective buyer and with little or no knowledge about his or her requirements, arranged by another agent who is not familiar your property.
When marketing your property it is important that it receives broad exposure. Over the past 10 years our multichannel marketing has a proven track record and worked well for vendors. Multichannel marketing is a combination of traditional means of advertising in daily news papers, holiday magazines and internet marketing. At the moment we operate no less than 4 websites and our presentation of your property is made in English, Dutch, German and Russian. Our websites are updated on a daily basis offering prospective buyers from all around the world the opportunity to find your home on a 24/7 basis!
At Land & Houses Algarve we sell properties day in, day out. If you are considering to sell your property we would be interested to know, please contact us for information. It will be our pleasure to assist you.