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Essential reading if you are moving home
on 14 June 2014
The author David Craig claims in his blog that the tips in this book will probably save you the cost of the book many times over and in time most likely thousands of pounds. It sounds corny but having read the section on Estate Agents I think it is probably true!
We are just starting to view houses and in preparation I read through the section on Estate Agents first. I'm in business and like to think myself pretty wily when it comes to negotiation but this book flags up so many things to look out for and so many ways in which both buyers and sellers are ripped off that I think just about anyone would let a few slip by if they weren't forewarned. We've only had a few contacts so far through viewings but I've already seen some of the techniques described being applied.
Any prospective seller should read the (perfectly logical) explanation of why estate agents are not really interested in getting the highest price for the seller but shifting properties through their books as fast as possible, why estate agents will put far too high a valuation on a seller's house (only to back-track once they are signed up) and so on and so on. Amongst many other things, buyers need to be aware of the estate agent's "spider's web" and why your conveyancing solicitor and surveyor may not be acting in your best interests.
I don't think I can give a better recommendation for this book than to say that I believe that many people looking to move home really would save themselves thousands of pounds if they read this book BEFORE they put their houses up for sale or started viewing properties.