Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: rural Zuzzex
My Motorhome: Chausson Welcome 610
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We have sold our last 2 properties using online agents.
The first was back in 2001 when such things were very new - for the life of me I can't remember the online agent name and it's probably gone into oblivion.
We sold our last house through Tepilo last year - advertised just before Xmas 2014 and got an offer late January and went to completion in early April. We paid just over £1000 upfront, managed the ad copy ourselves using the photos taken by their assigned snapper (much better pics than I could have taken), and it all went smoothly. Any contact with Tepilo was quick and resolved quickly. Their initial valuation was also spot on given that we knew the price being asked by a close neighbour selling their (almost identical) house through a traditional agency - still unsold I understand! I guess the only risk was the upfront fee but as it was we reckon we saved £5k on fees and sold for £5k less than asking so I guess we achieved the full price we wanted. We used a local conveyancer however as it's someone I've known for years and has conveyanced a number of properties for us over the years (own property, buy to lets and business)
There's always a risk with paying upfront but it's worked 2x for us now and I'd do the same again. Tepilo v Purple Bricks v Emoov etc - no idea! I guess you have to try and see what happens.
and the Lord said unto John "come forth and receive eternal life". but John came fifth and won a toaster........