A savvy ten-member grandmother revealed how she managed to save an incredible £ 18,000 by selling five properties online in less than four years – and gave her top tips on how to do the same.
Triple mother Andrea Whitehead, 64, of Leeds, saved thousands by avoiding fees from traditional real estate agencies – and says she is "confused" about why someone would choose such an "archaic system" as a real estate agency for to use the sale a house.
In an exclusive conversation with FEMAIL, Andrea, who, together with her partner, renovated and sold real estate as a full-time job, explained that standard processing was the key to selling a house.
"In my experience, most potential buyers want a" ready "house to move into," she said. & # 39; A poorly presented house tends to fidget in the market.
"It is a good idea to" stage "the houses, to make them clean, presentable and designed for a photo shoot, with attractive accessories and tasteful decor, and that helps enormously."
Andrea Whitehead, 64, from Leeds, has saved almost £ 18,000 in brokerage fees by selling five properties online in recent years. Pictured, number 43 Waterloo Lane, based in Leeds, sold in December 2018 for £ 170,000
Number 82 Waterloo Lane in Leeds, sold for £ 212,000. Pictured the exterior of the house
Andrea told how 17 Redwood Avenue in Wakefield was sold for £ 165,000. Pictured the exterior of the house
"What is important is the standard of presentation by everyone – including garden design, since buyers want a beautiful garden that they can use as an extension of their home."
Andrea's other pieces of advice include clearing up personal clutter to create more of an "empty board" and viewing comparable properties online to ensure you get the right price.
She added, "All the houses that I sold were offered at full price. The house in 2019 had six offers, four of which were above the price, and we had to cancel 14 visits because it sold within 36 hours has been."
"It is of great value to have a direct relationship with your buyer. This means that you can control the process and ensure that you both have the best experience. & # 39;
Andrea talked about her impressive savings and continued: “£ 18,000 is a lot of money to save. We used the money to buy a Range Rover, not a new one, of course, but it's a big upgrade from our old truck. "
The savvy seller's latest property – a 3-bedroom semi-detached house – was sold on Purplebricks within 24 hours last week.
Andrea Whitehead saved around £ 9,500 when she sold Lincroft – a family home with five beds in Leeds – online
The Broadlands Leeds-based property is a two-bed apartment that was sold for £ 130,000. Pictured the exterior
Andrea (pictured) says she is "confused" about why someone would choose to use such an "archaic system" as a real estate agency to sell a house
Andrea & # 39; s tips for selling in the current climate
"It really seems to be a buyer's market right now, but just because it doesn't mean your house will be sold immediately."
There are a number of factors to consider, particularly:
– It is important to have a well presented home
– Eliminate personal clutter to create more of a "blank slate".
– Clean, clean and even more clean – Cleanliness is one of the most important elements that potential buyers pay attention to when viewing a property
– Go outside – do not forget the garden, it is an outdoor space and must be as elegant and tidy as possible
– Pay attention to the attractiveness of the curb – it is the first picture of the property that buyers see and attract to book a tour
– Get the right price, look at comparable properties online.
If you have a price that is too high (don't we all think that our houses are worth more !?), if it stays in the market, then you have to lower the price and you will end up chasing the market to make a sale. "
“The last house sale ten days ago was easy, the representative came to us and was online within a few hours.
"We booked four visits for the next day that evening (the ad appeared online at 7.30pm)," she said.
“The next day at 1:30 p.m. it was sold, so things move very quickly if you wish.
"We had several offers at the total offer price and the agent checked their financial position and then it was sold."
The savvy grandmother says she first chose to sell online because she was selling an expensive house and realized that the commission would be very expensive.
"The only real estate buying and selling experience I had was when I sold my house for £ 75,000 in 1999 – and the commission was £ 1,300 and the estate agents I sold with were very poor."
Andrea says selling online has many advantages – including the fact that you don't have to wait for a real estate agent to open at 9 a.m. and then wait for him to answer the phone.
"The process can be done online from home at a time convenient for you," she said.
& # 39; You can book viewing appointments around the clock via the app. You can change, cancel or add them and accept offers. So it's very easy. "
Andrea went on to say that all five of her properties sold quickly and without problems – the longest between 20 hours and five days.
"I can't imagine any pitfalls in selling real estate online and would never consider hiring a real estate agent on the main street," she added.
Andrea first explained the process of online sales by downloading the app.
The three-bed semi-detached house was sold within 24 hours after Andrea put it online. Pictured, diner at Waterloo Lane 82
The 82 Waterloo Lane has a modern bathroom with black tiles and white accessories (Figure)
Andrea says that the interior of a property is the main enemy when selling it. In the picture the lounge at 82 Waterloo Lane
Andrea kept the decor elegant but simple in one of the bedrooms at 82 Waterloo Lane (picture)
The Lincroft property was sold in five weeks for an impressive £ 475,000 – the longest time an Andrea project took to sell. Pictured the living room
|House number. & Surname||Type of property||Sold for £||Sold in||place||Online fee||Traditional brokerage fee|
|1. Lincroft||5 bed detached house||£ 475,000||5 weeks||Leeds||£ 800||£ 9,500|
|2. Broadlands||2 bed apartment||£ 130,000||24 hours||Leeds||£ 850||£ 2,600|
|3. 43 Waterloo Lane||3 bed half||£ 170,000||5 days||Leeds||£ 850||£ 3,400|
|4. 17 Redwood Avenue||3 bed half||£ 165,000||36 hours||Wakefield||£ 850||£ 2,359.50|
|5 82 Waterloo Lane||3 bed half||£ 212,000||24 hours||Leeds||£ 999||£ 4,200|
"You then pay the fee (with this last property I sold, it was £ 999 (bargain), and in just a few hours your property is on the market online and you can book tours through the app."
She continued: “You will always receive text and an email to alert you to activities such as viewing requests. Then you manage everything via the app and can also send the viewers a personal message, which is practical!
"I also have the local agent's phone number, if I need to contact him at any time, and that's it.
"Potential buyers use the app to make offers for your house. The local real estate agent checks their purchase status. If you accept the offer, he submits the sold registration!"
The Wakefield home was sold in 36 hours – and Andrea only cost £ 850 to sell online. The picture shows the living area at 17 Redwood Avenue
Andrea managed to sell the three-bed semi-detached house just five days after putting it online. In the picture the kitchen at Waterloo Lane 43
Andrea (pictured) says she is "confused" about why someone would sell their house through an agency
The Broadlands build was sold within 24 hours and cost Andrea £ 850 to list it online. Pictured, kitchen equipment
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