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We don’t waste money on expensive PR companies and newspaper adverts that nobody can be bothered to read. We haven’t got expensive high street offices and a flashy fleets of cars. We know where you go to buy houses……. on the internet!

As a result of this we are able to offer the best value for money Estate Agency service in the UK!

In fact we will sell your house for just £299+VAT. Try and get your property listed on Rightmove any cheaper!!! (Firstly we don’t think you will, and secondly if you do we’ll match it!)

Over 93% of all properties are purchased via property websites so that’s where we concentrate out time and efforts. If you want to buy a house you will simply visit Rightmove, Primelocation, Findaproperty, or Zoopla and that where you will find all of our properties advertised.

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£50! I hear you say! What do I need to do?

Well all you need to do is to become a fan of turtlehomes.co.uk on facebook by clicking the link and selecting “like”.

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Once you’ve done this, we would like you to suggest to all your friends that they should also “like” turtlehomes.co.uk. You can do this by clicking “suggest to friends”.

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If any of your recommended friends sell their property with the UKs cheapest online estate agent then we will pay you £50.

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You can also be rest assured that anyone that sells their home with turtlehomes.co.uk will save “on average” over £4000 in estate agency fees.

Help us to beat extortionate estate agency fees by spreading the word!

(Please note that we will only pay one £50 referral fee per property instructed. In the event of a vendor having more than one friend that is a fan of turtlehomes.co.uk, the first person to have referred that vendor will earn the money.)

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Cutting out the High Street Estate Agent

HOMEOWNERS looking to sell their homes have traditionally hired estate agents to find buyers and ensure the sales go smoothly.

However, with households tightening their belts, more and more vendors are contemplating the DIY route to finding a buyer, which could save them thousands of pounds.

In fact, new findings from Propertydatingagency, an introduction agency for buyers and sellers, suggest that one in five people considering selling their homes over the next six months are looking at alternatives to the traditional estate agent.

“The property market slowdown and house price falls means it now takes almost seven months to sell a property,” says Stephen Foden from Propertydatingagency. “This is prompting sellers to look for other ways — and cheaper ways — to sell.”

Those who are considering shunning the traditional route have a number of options available to them.

These include private sales, selling directly to friends or family, advertising in the local newspaper, putting up a “for sale” sign outside the property, and going online.

Selling over the internet is one of the most popular alternatives and classified ad sites such as Gumtree.com and Craigslist.co.uk enable vendors to cut out the middleman.

It is up to you to decide how much detail to provide in your advert but you can improve your chances by adding photographs and in some cases even a YouTube link to help you market your home to potential buyers.

Yannick Pons from Vivastreet.co.uk, another site that provides free classified ads, says there has been a marked increase in private sale ads on the site and also home swap ads where sellers try to swap their properties with other interested sellers.

According to its figures, the number of new home swap ads in the third quarter of 2009 was double the number in those months the previous year. “A growing number of sellers are bypassing estate agents altogether to sell their properties privately,” says Pons.

“The advantages of using home swapping to sell a property over the traditional estate agent are twofold. Sellers can save thousands of pounds on estate agent fees and are also guaranteed to be entering into a chain-free purchase.”

The increase in the number of people prepared to cut out the estate agent has given rise to a whole host of new dedicated property-selling websites.

Propertydatingagency, for example, puts sellers in contact with buyers and allows them to talk directly to each other.

Sellers pay a registration fee of £10 that entitles them to contact a set number of buyers to gauge their interest, while buyers registering on the site state exactly what they are looking for in terms of property, price range and whether or not they are cash buyers.

TV presenter Sarah Beeny has also launched a new property website called Tepilo, which aims to “hand-hold” vendors through the home-selling process.

Sellers can personalise their descriptions and there is no charge for uploading details. You can also sort out professional floor plans and home information packs via the site.

“It seems bizarre that it could cost you around £10,000 to hire an estate agent to sell your house when you could do this yourself for free,” says Beeny.

“There is a general perception that selling your home is daunting and incredibly complex but this isn’t the case. All is required is a little bit of work and effort — and you can make some big savings.”

But not all agree that DIY home-selling is plain sailing.

“Going it alone can be a lot of work and hassle,” warns Melanie Bien from mortgage broker Savills Private Finance. “You have to do everything yourself including setting the price, marketing the property, and showing people around.”

She also warns that it could end up costing more if you don’t get the price right and fail to negotiate hard with the buyer. “Estate agents are experienced at selling homes and are trained to get the best possible price for a property,” she says.

“They will have a better idea than you as to what the property is worth and will have a high-street presence and website to assist with marketing the property. They should also have potential buyers on their books who may be looking for your type of property.”

Bien urges potential sellers to think carefully before cutting out the middleman. “Many people who go it alone put a ‘for sale’ board outside the property, but this only works if there is good foot-fall past your home, or if it is on a busy main road,” says Bien.

“Others advertise on websites or in the local paper but it is difficult to get your advert to stand out compared to an estate agents’ slick website. Taking photos to use in your advertising may also be difficult as you are not a professional photographer — so you may fail to do your property justice.”

Sellers who still want to stick with the traditional method of hiring an estate agent to sell their home can expect to pay an average charge of between 1.5 and 2 per cent for sole agency — this means that only one firm is allowed to market your home.

If you want more than one firm to help you sell, you will probably pay the successful agent around 3 per cent of the sale price as a fee.

When you employ an estate agent you are signing up to a set of standard terms and these state that the agent will try to sell your property with a certain period of time.

This agreement is legally binding so it is important to ensure you understand the terms and conditions. You also need to check with your estate agent as to what would happen if you have your home on the market with that agent but end up selling your home some other way, for example to a friend of a friend via word of mouth.

“This can be a bit of a grey area,” warns Melanie Bien from broker Savills Private Finance. “It depends on the wording in the terms and conditions and your rapport with the agent so make sure you read the small print.”

Richard Tuck from turtlehomes.co.uk recommends a “half way house”, by using an online estate agent you can combine the cost savings associated with private selling whilst still having a full estate agency service. The only catch is that you will have to do the viewings yourself. But as Richard explained “”the vendor knows their property the best and therefore is the best person to show people around”.

Online Estate Agents – Selling Your House

Are you looking to sell your house? If so then you’ll want to do so without allowing too much time to pass. Otherwise your house will begin to lose some of its value. This occurs often when distress sales and leaves the seller looking at their various options.

Most people begin by advertising their house with a real estate agent. You would have to pay fees for the solicitors to create sale agreements. They would have to verify the deeds and title to the property as well. You’d also have to spend money on fees for the agent and pay cutbacks which would setback your profit. These fees would add up over time and before long you would have spent more money then you would have wanted to in the first place. This is something that you should think about when selling your house.

There are many real estate agents that will reduce the value of house to make sure that it sells as quickly as possible. You will still have to pay the expensive fees regardless. There is other ways that you can go about selling your house including using online estate agents. Many real estate agents run their own websites and have advertisements for different properties on their websites.

Most agents do not concentrate solely on their online endeavours. Most make less money online so they concentrate more on their offline sales. This causes many real estate agents to neglect their websites so that they can focus on their offline practices. This causes many online estate agents to be unreliable. There are many agents however that are capable of making a lot of money using the internet so they use both the internet and real world to make sales.

Many people decide that selling your house online is the best solution since it is a simple process and allows them to avoid blood sucking agents who are only interested in making as much money as possible.

Most online estate agents will only require you to fill out an online form. Most don’t require you to pay any money at all. This online forms would be very simple asking for only your name, address of the property and contact numbers. You’ll start receiving responses within twenty four hours of the submission of the form. This is one of the quickest and easiest methods of selling your house.

As mentioned above, using online estate agents allow you to sell your house online easily and quickly. You’ll also find that online estate agents also allow you to sell your house while paying much less money on fees and commission. Your house will receive a maximum amount of exposure.

People from other areas of the world would be able to see the advertisement that you have put online. You also don’t have to worry about suffering loss of profits that are common in distress sales.

Estate Agents Face Property Website Threat

The National Association of Estate Agents has admitted the days of the traditional high street agency could be numbered due to the popularity of property websites.

The days of the estate agents’ ‘big shop front’ may be nearing an end In the last two years, one in four estate agents in the UK has closed down. Meanwhile, the online property market has been booming, with a 35% growth this year in the number of property searches on Google.

Property search engine Rightmove says that 90% of all homes on the market can be found on their site. Philip Bullman, of the NAEA, told Sky News Online that the internet posed a threat to high street branches but insisted that there would always be a role for an agent. “I do think there’s an opening for a virtual estate agent out there but you still need the local experience and the people on the ground,” he said. “Most buyers don’t like to negotiate face-to-face with the seller over prices and they prefer to use a middle man. “Home Information Packs (HIPS) can also be quite complicated and many people would want an agent to sort that for them. “But yes, I think maybe the day of the big shop front is nearing an end.

” TV presenter and property expert Sarah Beeny said that circumventing estate agents and selling your home online independently can be quite straightforward. She has set-up a free website called Tepilo which helps homeowners to sell their property without having to pay hefty fees. “It’s actually easier dealing with things yourself – we find our mortgage ourselves, we find our own holidays, we book our own flights,” she said. “The internet has empowered the average person to deal with things and there’s no actual reason why they can’t deal with selling their house.”

Home owners save more than £3,000 by selling online, says Which? study

Home owners can save more than £3,000 by selling their property online, according to new research.

By Myra Butterworth, Personal Finance Correspondent, Daily Telegraph
Published: 7:45AM BST 19 Aug 2009

Selling online means home owners can avoid using traditional high street estate agents that typically charge between 1 per cent and 3 per cent of the sale price.

The study by consumer group which? said fees charged by online agents tend to much lower – from as little as 0.5 per cent.

However, it warned to watch out for additional costs, such as for sale signs, which can add £30 onto your bill.

The study compared three different online estate agents marketing a home with an asking price of £200,000 and the potential savings made versus an average high-street agent charging a commission fee of 1.5 per cent.

But while some home owners may decide to bypass the middle man and sell independently, Which? Money warned that this option can cost time and money to market the property.

Sarah Beeny, property television presenter and founder of online property service Tepilo.com, said: “Times are moving on – we don’t need to pay for estate agents shop fronts, mini bars, telephone systems and branded cars – if you would rather keep the money and spend it on a holiday in Seychelles or a new kitchen when you move into your new home, then pop your house online.

“Now in 2009 most people wanting to buy a house will go online pop into Google ‘houses to buy near Northampton’ and come up with a modern equivalent of those high streets. One click away and you are on an online portal and you can check out what is available, for how much and download the details.”

turtlehomes.co.uk will market your home for just £199+VAT and £399+VAT on completion.

Ditch your estate agent and save thousands!

If you sell your home online you’ll make a massive saving Estate agents are not exactly popular with British punters.

Indeed they frequently top the ‘most hated professions’ rankings, along with traffic wardens, politicians and recruitment consultants. Our dislike of estate agents often boils down to a lack of trust and an unshakeable belief that they are making a lot of money for what often seems like very little work. But despite these concerns, over 90% of us still use an estate agent when it comes to selling our property, according to the Office of Fair Trading. Well, we don’t really have a choice, do we?

Actually we do have a choice, and in the age of the internet it is possible, in fact easy, to ditch the high street estate agent and go online. According to consumer body Which? choosing  online estate agents over their high street counterpart could save you on average more than £3,000 in fees.

Agents of fortune

If you want to get a cheaper deal than with a traditional agent but you don’t feel ready to take on the whole task of selling your home yourself, an online estate agent is a great middle ground. They are a lot cheaper than typical agents who will usually charge you between 1% and 3% of the sale price.

Online agents typically operate out of one call centre and don’t have to maintain a branch network, so can afford to charge much less. For example turtlehomes.co.uk  you pay £199 upfront and £299 on completion. VAT is added to each of the prices above, which include a standard service of full descriptions and floorplans, photography, and advertising across a wide range of websites including the agent’s own site.

Importantly, this can also include major property portals such as Rightmove.co.uk and Findaproperty.com. This is a huge benefit since private sellers are not able to list their home on Rightmove, which is the UK’s largest property site with over 10 million hits a month. Frankly, it’s where I would want my property listed to reach the most potential buyers.

Any drawbacks?

You will usually have to arrange viewings and show potential buyers around your property yourself – but many people actually prefer to do this, and some buyers like it too. After all, they get to ask what the neighbours are like!

If you really don’t like the idea of doing the viewings yourself online agents often allow you to add-on ‘accompanied viewings’ for an extra charge, but some only offer this in London. Of course, you do miss out of the local knowledge of high street estate agents (especially outside the capital), but you could always get valuations done by local agents first, before opting for the online agent.

Top tips for online selling

 •Understand what’s involved in selling your home on your own before you jump in. Are you willing to give up the time and are you going to be comfortable negotiating with potential buyers? If not, an online estate agent that offers these services could be a better option than completely going it alone.

•Remember that you can negotiate with high street estate agents on fees and some also offer flat fees. So shop around first. If your property is relatively low value the cost saving of going online will not be as great as high value homes.

•If a potential buyer comes round, call a day or so later for feedback, and if they show interest be sure to arrange a follow up visit as soon as possible. Be flexible and try to accommodate the times they can do.

•Be prepared to have your home criticised by strangers!

•If you are selling your property yourself remember you still need to get a Home Information Pack before you are allowed to market your property. Online estate agents or property sales websites both offer this as an add-on to their standard package, or you could compile the HIP yourself.

•Remember one in three accepted offers falls through so be prepared for this to happen.

•Opt for an estate agent that belongs to the Ombudsman for Estate Agents (OEA). If anything goes wrong or you are not happy you can complain and perhaps receive compensation.

Online Estate Agents, The Benefits

When buying or selling your home, it can be a long difficult procedure and in some cases you probably wish you had never started, but there are plenty of ways to make your process an easy one.

Most of us who buy or sell a house will use an estate agent. These will be the people who advise on price, negotiate between different sellers and buyers and handle the advertising of a property. Because of the expansion in internet usage, serious buyers no longer waste their time by visiting all the estate agents on their local high street.

The internet has been a boon to those unwilling to use estate agents and now has encouraged buyers to find their ideal home by searching the web and contacting the agent marketing the property they are interested in. Online services enable homeowners to advertise to millions of potential buyers until the house is sold. Over 90% of buyers search the internet portals, such as Rightmove, Primelocation, Propertyfinder, etc… to look for homes.

With online agents Your Property could also go on the market within 24 hours which could normally take up to two weeks at high street estate agencies. There are no middlemen sales pitches and you avoid the sense of helplessness some sellers feel when estate agents are the middleman and filter the information on how the sale is going.

If you buy or sell a house online you can also save thousands in estate agent fees, as well as being in full control of the property sale. Online agents such as turtlehomes.co.uk offer a fixed fee irrespective of the value of your property.  The fact that you are in charge of the relationship with potential buyers can help sell your home more easily.

Most high street agents visit your home, measure the rooms for 20 minutes and leave with a basic knowledge of your property. With the knowledge that you have of your house, you can help sell it with details such as the rooms which receive the most sunlight, details about the history and the price of your council tax.

Added extras can also be added to your online advert that would not be available in a high street estate agency. These are things such as virtual tours, a higher amount of information about your home and more detailed pictures at different angles. This is certainly more beneficial than one or two grainy photos and a couple of sentences in a shop window.

Contact Online Estate Agents turtlehomes.co.uk today to find out how you could save thousands of pounds in estate agency fees