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20 Jul 2015

How online estate agents can help those moving abroad

Buying property abroad can be a huge decision in itself, but if you are also planning to sell your property back home, then this can only add to the difficulty of the situation. While there are a number of ways to approach selling, one way to potentially alleviate some of the stress associated with such an important task is to take advantage of the many online services now available to help you with your property in the UK.

While the idea of selling your home online as opposed to using a traditional high street estate agent might be daunting, doing the a little research in order to find the best options for your situation could save you a lot of time and money in the long term. There is a wealth of information out there to help you get started, as well as guides to inform you of the basics when it comes to selling your home online.

The advantages to selling your home online can be more than just financial, and could have particular advantages for those planning to buy property abroad or even emigrate long term. For example, the sheer ability of websites to reach as many potential buyers as possible is a huge advantage if you have a shorter amount of time to sell your home in the UK, perhaps before moving abroad. A huge percentage of people are now starting their property search online when buying or renting, so getting your property on the most popular and widely-used sites such as Zoopla and Rightmove could give you a significant head start, as opposed to heading to your local estate agent first.

Another possibility when moving abroad is being unable to sell your home once you have left; perhaps you are already out of the country and are struggling to find a buyer for your property. Online estate agents could help you with this as you can access all of your information from wherever you are in the world. Some companies also allow you to purchase extra services such as photographs and signage, so you can be involved as much or as little in the process as you feel able.

Another factor to bear in mind is that researching which agent to use is made easier by the various websites and online tools available to help you. Whether you use a search engine, specific comparison websites like Compare Online Agents or a specially-designed tool such as the one offered by this property portal, to research the different options you have to choose from, you can quickly find plenty of helpful and objective advice to make the decision that little bit simpler and make sure you find exactly what you are looking for.

While the convenience of selling a property online is a big factor in deciding to take this route, you could also make significant savings. Taking into consideration that many online agents charge less than £500 for the whole service, this could mean saving enough to help you find your perfect property abroad, whether this is a holiday home or something more permanent.

by Emily Garside
Category: Medhead tips

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