This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.
A leading estate agent boss has said that the public should learn to love estate agents.
Ed Mead, the executive director of London agency Douglas & Gordon says that people blame estate agents for any problems with buying or selling their homes.
Public Should Embrace Estate Agents
He asks that when property dreams don’t become a reality, who else do people have to blame?
Mead explains: “Given the absurdity of our property-buying system, the cheapest in the developed world and one the Government refuses to regulate in even the most basic way, there are plenty of weak links where those who could face blame enjoy hiding behind the estate agent.
“Most of the public erroneously think that, once an offer has been accepted on a UK property, it is sold – it’s not. Until contracts have been exchanged, anyone can pull out of a deal – buyer or seller – and 35% of people do. That’s a lot of heartache, and lost money.”
Mead argues that if a buyer pulls out, as the deal is taking too long, it could be for a number of reasons and none the fault of the agent.
He says: “The solicitors could be slow but it’s much easier to blame the agent rather than a lawyer.”
It is neither the agent’s fault if there is gazumping or gazundering.
Mead continues: “There is one very good reason why you should love your agent. Very few property dreams come true without one. It may surprise you, but only 20% or so of the work an agent does goes into advertising your property or putting details on one of the massive property portals.
“80% is reserved for the bit that cajoles, begs, drives, counsels, buys, kicks, obsesses over and finesses all the elements mentioned above. Given we are the undertakers, the last involved, we very rarely get any thanks.”1
Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources.
When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.
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