How to Avoid Choosing a Dodgy Real Estate Agent

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This post has been written in collaboration with RateMyAgent

This week we received yet another letter in the mail from an unfamiliar real estate agent telling us they had a client who is super keen to buy a house in our area.

Since the upgrade of roads, a new school built down the road (where I can walk Esther back and forth to Prep), a new petrol station and linked shopping complex – which includes a drive-thru Zarraffa’s Coffee shop, the area we live in is starting to become more attractive to buyers.

Yet there are still houses for sale that I drive past in our suburb and there are new estate’s being built offering house and land packages under $500,000 literally down the road.

But there is a buyer that is still keen to buy a house in our area. Interested in buying our 11-year-old home that unbeknownst to him has had its floors splashed with wee, poo, vomit, playdough, paint, dirt and snot and the walls have been Picasso-ed with the same elements at one time or another.

Not to mention the outdoor paving that’s yet to be fixed and the pendant light that is still broken because I whipped a scarf around it accidentally and yanked off one of the bulbs (I was sleep deprived just after having Phoebe).

There are a few things we’d have to do to get this house ready for sale and to be honest, we’re not interested.

But, if we were to look for an agent to sell our house, I would use a real estate agent I recognised, although sometimes they may not be the best agent to sell our home. When we sold our first house in an adjacent suburb, we used a recommendation from a friend, despite meeting up with three agents.

RateMyAgent is a website that helps vendors find the right real estate agent to sell their home. They are Australia’s no. 1 real estate agent rankings and reviews website and receive thousands of reviews each week from vendors who rate their experience with estate agents across the country.

avoid choosing a dodgy real estate agent

After looking into RateMyAgent, I couldn’t find any reviews of this agent that sent us a letter, however, there are plenty of reviews on agents that I recognise from listings in our area.

With RateMyAgent, you can also see details such as the agent with the most sales, highest average sale price and number of active listings – which are very helpful when choosing a suitable agent to sell your property.

We won’t be selling our house in the near future. We love the location and community in our suburb, but I definitely know where I’d go to find an agent.

Have you ever sold a property? How did you go about finding the right agent? Have you ever used a dodgy real estate agent?

This post has been written in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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