Housesimple

PHOTO: Online agent Strike gives vendors the chance to sell their homes for free

  • Online agent Strike offering free service to homeowners across Central England 
  • Estate agents fees are typically between 0.5% and 3% of the final selling price
  • UK homeowners typically pay £3,550 to sell their home (approx $7,000 NZD)
  • But property experts question whether you’ll end up worse off if you do so

Homeowners in the Midlands could now sell their home without paying any estate agent fees, after one online firm announced it is expanding its ‘free’ estate agent service.

Strike – formerly known as Housesimple – is rolling out its ‘sell for free’ service across parts of the Midlands and Central England, having already done so in Yorkshire, the North West, Nottingham and the North East.

Its chief executive, Sam Mitchell, says it hopes to go nationwide ‘before long’.

Sellers who use its service will get the basic support one might expect from any estate agent, including a property valuation, photos, floorplans, and advertising on Rightmove and Zoopla.

The average estate agent fee is 1.42 per cent of the sale price, according to TheAdvisory

The average estate agent fee is 1.42 per cent of the sale price, according to TheAdvisory

Strike claims its free service also includes support when negotiating offers and that it will continue to help right up until the sale completes.

However, homeowners will be required to conduct viewings themselves – and they won’t get professional photographs.

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