Selling Property in Scotland – Top 10 Insider Money Saving Secrets by a Scottish Estate Agent

I’m the Managing Director and a solicitor at a rapidly-expanding firm of solicitors and estate agents with its Head Office in Edinburgh. We sell properties in Edinburgh and the Lothians, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders and have an innovative feeing model that puts the focus on transparency and value for money. I’ve long thought that the way that most estate agents charge their clients is completely unfair and that it does not represent good value for money.

So, do you want to get back at these greedy estate agents and save yourself thousands of pounds? Well, at the risk of making myself very unpopular with some colleagues, here are my Top 10 Insider Money Saving Secrets about how estate agents make money, hide fees and basically charge you more than you really should be paying.

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Is the Cost of Selling Putting Preventing People in Edinburgh Putting Their Properties on the Market?

As people continue to tighten their belts due to the credit crunch, the housing market in Edinburgh continues to struggle.

 

Estate agents are reporting that increasing numbers of people are putting their properties on the market.  In addition, recent reports show that more mortgage products are becoming available to first time buyers with smaller deposits.  However, a healthy property market needs a good supply of new properties coming to the market and the number of properties on the market for these new buyers remains low compared to just a couple of years ago.Your Read More Link Text

Selling My Own Property: Property Now Off Market, What Lessons Can I Pass On?

ESPC Solicitor Decides to Sell His Own Property, Does Not Enjoy Experience, Wants to Pass on Some Tips…!

If you’ve been reading any of my other posts about my experience of selling my own flat, you’ll know that I’ve been trying to take lessons from my own experience and then integrate them into the service that we offer to our clients.

I’d got as far as covering the process of: drafting my own schedule (and making a bal*s-up of it), the experience of seeing criticism of your flat in a Home Report and then the experience of conducting your own viewings.  None of which (particularly the last two) were terribly pleasant experiences.Your Read More Link Text

Are Estate Agency Fees Unfair?

I’ve previously asked this question on my blog: is the way that estate agents bill for their services unfair? I got a variety of responses: those at the more affordable end of the market thought things were fine as they were whilst those at the upper end of the market resented having to pay a solicitor/estate agent thousands of pounds for what they perceived as being little more than putting their property in the ESPC. I personally believe that the traditional way that people pay for estate agency services is old-fashioned and that people are ready for change.Your Read More Link Text

What if Virgin Did Estate Agency in Edinburgh?

I’m reading Richard Branson’s (relatively) new book at the moment: ‘Richard Branson: Business Stripped Bare’. I’ve just read the lengthy chapter on ‘Delivery’: in other words, delivering on the promises you and your brand make to your customer.

I’ve felt that the book has been a little bit rambling up till now. However, when you just let go and don’t hope for a Top Five Tips to Becoming a Billionaire Overnight, it’s actually a good read and you start to get a far better understanding of the ethos behind the company. It feels honest and he doesn’t pull his punches about the fact that much of the success was NOT planned, there WERE mistakes along the way and that he’s not going to rewrite the strategy behind these decisions with the benefit of hindsight. So it’s very much the antithesis of most business-related or popular business philosophy books (I’m thinking in particular of ‘Everybody Wins’ which is a book by two management consultants about the story of the Re/max estate agency company) in that it doesn’t take examples of successful companies and then, after the event, create strategies that they must have followed to have achieved the success they have achieved.Your Read More Link Text