Written on: 17/08/2011 by curlyemz (2 reviews written)
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We used House Network to sell our 2 bed Victorian terrace. They are basically the same as any other estate agent, except they are based totally online and don't do viewings, you show viewers around yourself.
We put the house on the market in early May 2011, and accepted an offer at the end of July. We had around 16 viewings in all, a huge amount of interest for the house - even in a falling market. Despite the viewings, offers were thin on the ground as property prices had started to fall, and so we decided to be realistic within a very poor market and drop our asking price down slightly. This had the desired effect and we got our offer, allowing us to move on (as the houses we were looking to buy had also dropped in price slightly).
House Network offers amazing value for money - why pay thousands more than you need to just to use a local estate agent? They tell you that they have local knowledge and will advertise in your local newspaper, which House Network do not - but in reality, everyone looks online when they are searching for a property these days. House Network are on every major online property porthole you can think of - you will get the exposure you need, despite what local agents tell you. We saved ourselves between £2500 - £3000 (depending on what local agent we'd picked). House Network took excellent photographs of our house (loads of them too!), did a great floor plan - virtual tour - and all included in a pretty cheap basic package.
I liked the control that an online system such as House Network gives. I was able to add additional images if I wanted to, change the image order, tweak (or even totally write) the description used. For me, this was a huge plus. I also had Rightmove stats sent to me and so could tell how popular my property was. This system would not suit everyone, but if you are used to doing things online then this is for you.
I was a little nervous about showing people around at first, but in the end we found doing our own viewings was a good thing. People love to meet the owner, as they know that their questions can be answered quickly and accurately.
House Network are brilliant for being super efficient with admin too, the viewing booking process is great and they are very good at following up viewings to get feedback.
Overall, I thought House Network offered fantastic value for money and would highly recommend them. If you are willing to be a bit more involved in your house sale (input for promotional material, do your own viewings) then the rewards are well worth it.
If you want to give them a go you can use this discount code to get 5% off OBGSQLAVCR. It should work on top of any special offer they have on the website - did for us. :)
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