Friday, October 07, 2011
Why use a buying agent - reason #237
This is a terrific ad for Google streetview (you should click on it to see it clearly).
It also demonstrates one of the many reasons that you should use a local, professional, buying agent if you're considering buying a property in France.
As you may well know, it's customary here for many immobiliers to give the name of "the next village along" when advertising houses. They don't want other agents to pinch the instruction.
Similarly, private sellers on Le Bon Coin or PAP rarely give out the address of their house.
This means that viewings are often a journey into the unknown.
Mandate a buying agent and they will have visited the property and given you their opinion on it as well as offering you photos, video, google earth imagery, location plan, cadastral plan details and pretty much anything else you want to know.
I can stand outside a house, take a panoramic pic on my mobile, send it immediately by email and chat it through with my client in the space of a minute.
Forget the fact that I know the market in the Charente valley like the back of my hand, will scour it fully on your behalf, will negotiate the lowest price possible (using comparable evidence I have collected along the way) and will be acting solely for you....I think that reason #237 is a pretty compelling one all by itself.
Estate agency is a rapidly changing business, the buyer is king and we need to meet their needs to prosper.