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Selling with an Online Estate Agent

It's been a year since we sold our house and moved, and that year has gone so quickly!

I was confident that getting the house marketed on Rightmove and Zoopla would be enough to sell the property, but unfortunately unless you are a registered estate agent you can't post directly on to these portals. All estate agents are so dependent on these property portals now, so much so that they tried to create their own onthemarket.com. However with strict conditions I believe it is doomed to fail.

So after getting a few agents around for a valuation and lots of research into the best online estate agents we finally bit the bullet and chose an online agent and paid the flat fee up-front. Paying upfront would put most people off, but at £800 it was less than a quarter of the fee of the other agents.

Even though the agent we chose (PurpleBricks) was a hybrid agent who assign you a property expert to provide a valuation and take photos and create your brochure, I decided I wanted to take more control and take the photos myself and also write the description to make it more personal.

I let the agent create the floorplan and do the measurements.

The PurpleBricks portal gives you the control over scheduling viewings, amending the brochure and photos, plus it also allows you to see the offers come in, which I found interesting, but definitely not for everyone.

All in all it was a good experience, we sold on our first "open day" and we saved a lot of money over the traditional high street estate agents that pitched to us.

I would also like to thank Perry Power for his free advice on selecting an agent and pricing a property to sell. These free guides are available on his website.