Top tips on how to choose an estate agent

Torbay Weekly

Congratulations on your decision to search for a new home in Torbay.

This is an exciting time for you and now is the right moment to consider two highly important elements to make sure you locate and purchase your dream property without hassle or stress.

Right now, you may be in the position of not knowing where or how to start your search, or even what to look at first.

Ridgewater Sales and Lettings have plenty of useful tips to help you through the process:

Trust the professionals

First and most importantly, you should always enlist the help of a professional estate agent to help you in your property search.

Yes, of course Ridgewater Sales and Lettings are biased, but trust us, a knowledgeable, local estate agent will save you hours of time, not only during your initial search, but also when it comes to viewing suitable properties, making an offer and negotiating a deal, right through to exchange and completion.

It’s important you choose a reputable estate agent that you like and trust, that you understand the service offered and are happy with their contract terms and fees.

In fact, the ideal estate agent is not always the one with the most sales under their belt, or the one with the most years in business.

The ideal agent is the one who listens to you, is easy to get along with, is interested in your requirements and has the tools and skills to address your unique situation.

Professional expertise is of course important when choosing your estate agent, but interpersonal skills are equally important.

After all, you’ll be working together for anywhere between two to 12 months, so it helps to get along!

We all have unique personalities, and that’s the way it should be. But when working with someone professionally, if helps if their personality fits well with your own.

At Ridgewater Sales and Lettings we understand that every home buyer is unique and brings a different set of circumstances to the table. We pride ourselves on our customer service and are a friendly bunch with many years of experience under our belts so when you choose us to help you buy or sell your home in Torbay you can be certain of excellent service.

However, before you get carried away with deciding how many bedrooms you need, or the colour you will paint your sitting room, or which location you prefer, the second aspect you must consider and assess is your financial situation, as it’s likely that to fund the purchase of your new home, you will require a mortgage.

Here at Ridgewater Sales and Lettings we will also be happy to recommend financial service providers in Torbay who can help you with this aspect of your property journey.

Review your finances

The financial part is the most important one.

This will involve working with a professional who will check your credit score, look at your monthly income, your proof of employment, the deposit you have available and will ensure you have funds available to pay for fees and expenses at the close of the transaction.

As reputable and professional estate agents, our staff at Ridgewater Sales and Lettings are trained to assist you through this financial process where needed.

Alongside financial assistance, our staff will look closely at your property needs and establish your criteria. We will then search for properties that match your needs in Torbay and surrounding areas and make a shortlist of all those that fit your requirements.

Accompanied viewings are standard allowing you to take your time when viewing properties with no pressure, and a negotiator will always be on hand to answer any questions you have about the property or indeed the local area.

The easiest move you will make

Ridgewater Sales and Lettings staff are knowledgeable, friendly and professional and will endeavour to ensure buying a property in Torbay is the most stress free move you will ever make!

Working with a reputable estate agent will save you time and is the absolute best way to find the perfect property for you.

We will always negotiate the best deal and make sure you are kept updated via our sales progression team all the way through to exchange and completion.

Contact Ridgewater Sales and Lettings on 01803 525100.