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Re: Advice on selling please

Took us 6 years to sell our first house.  On lots of internet property sites, one agent who tried for about 6 months then we heard no more, though it was on their books all that time, several others, including Leggatts who all lost interest once they'd had it about 6 months, and then I gave it to a Rotary colleague, also an estate agent (he wasn't in the business when we started), who was also good at marketing, and wanted to sell it and not only because we are friends.

Can't remember just how long he had it for, less than a year, I think, but we had more viewings via him, and yes, he sold it.

So find someone who not only can do the job but wants to sell, it, and proves it too (in other words, they get viewers, and they keep in contact too. 

Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!

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Re: Advice on selling please

I only half-understand the antipathy towards French estate agents (their fees seem staggering when you're used to UK levels) but many do work hard for their money having accepted a house onto their books (your experience may differ). The advantage *should* be that the immobilier does all the work from advising a good price (and if you disagree, with reason, explaining how she has come to the figure) filtering out the drunks, perverts, tyre-kickers (whatever the house-buying equivalent is) and lunatics to doing the visits and fielding the further enquiries.

Bon courage anyway!
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Re: Advice on selling please

Thank you very much Judith and Flaneur for your advice.

Judith, if only I could find someone like your friend who sold your house! Exactly what I've been seeking for ages. Have even asked my central London estate agent and one here in Wales if they could help in any way - unfortunately not.

Regards

Loire

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More difficult when you are not on site, definitely, Loire.  I presume the house is not in my neck of the woods ... keep your pecker up, we despaired too, sometimes, but some of it was price, and also finding the right buyer .. if the two match, that's when it works.  It's finding the match which is difficult.

Yes, Flaneur, estate agents do their best to avoid the time wasters ... though not always, but it seems to be that stimulating them to work for you is the problem.  If they do a good job no-one minds paying them, it's when they do nothing that its so annoying.

Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!

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Re: Advice on selling please

When we were selling, due to this board, we tried all sorts of things that did not work and in fact, some things cost us money.

In the end we went in to see the local estate agents and spoke to a friend who used one of them to rent an appt they had and were happy with them, so we went with them. I negociated how much they would charge buyers, as I considered that they were asking too much.

They found us a buyer.

We had to bring our price down by about 12% in the end.

Took us about 18 months to sell, pre crash in 2007, we could have sold our home, but heyho, that is quite another story.

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Re: Advice on selling please

 nomoss wrote:

Maybe it's to do with the region we live in, but when my phone number was available I received calls at all sorts of inconvenient times, some with background noise making it impossible to understand, and others from people who mumbled incoherently or couldn't even string their words together in a coherent manner.

 

That is standard here!

 

The Muppets are easily dealt with by repeatedly asking the same question, "what is it that you are asking of me?" eventually they just throw a few insults and hang up, it may sound harsh but they are not capable of asking for what they want, just to make disparaging comments and euuhs and expect capitulation.

I get exactly he same with customers that make bookings and then want to cancel except they are beyond the time limit for cancellations, for some bizaare reason most seem to claim they thought that we were on the coast at St Valerie sur Somme and then keep repeating that we are a long way from the see n'est ce pas? I just keep repeating what is it that they want from me? I know where we are because I live here, you surely did not phone me to tell me how far we are from the sea, what is it that you want?


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Idun wrote "pre crash in 2007, we could have sold our home,"
Exactly. We sold out first house quickly in 2006 and made a small profit.
All these things need to be taken into account.

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Re: Advice on selling please

Many thanks Patf, that's quite interesting.
NickP
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