One of the first people to sell his home using Leedsâ€™ newest estate agency iSold has saved over ÂŁ7,000 in fees â€“ selling in just six weeks after being on the market with another agent for over a year.
Online PR News – 26-November-2010 – – John Martin was one of the first people in Leeds to sell his home using iSold, now an established Estate Agent in Leeds. He put his four-bed detached property in Broadgate Lane on the market for ÂŁ500,000 and sold it for iSoldâ€™s fixed fee of ÂŁ1499 plus VAT. If the sale had been subject to traditional estate agency fees of 1.5 per cent plus VAT, he would have had to pay ÂŁ8,812.
Accountant Mr Martin, 57, said: â€śI had my property on the market with another agent for 14 months with no movement. I decided to give iSold a try and it sold extremely quickly. Iâ€™d have no hesitation in recommending the service to a friend.â€ť
Leeds was chosen as one of the launch locations for iSold, which offers the best a traditional agency has to offer, using locally-based valuers supported by a central team, but without a high street presence. The innovative service, which uses the www.isold.com website combined with online advertising, has been developed by the UKâ€™s largest independent estate agency group Spicerhaart and is promoted in association with Tesco. Those who sell also receive 5,000 Tesco Clubcard points.
Mr Martin, who has now moved to Bradford with his wife Jane, added that there are no downsides to the virtual nature of iSold. â€śItâ€™s the modern way, and there was no problems at all with not seeing someone face-to-face. The team were courteous and very efficient and I was impressed with the service,â€ť he said.
The iSold service includes a free expert valuation and home consultation from a locally-based iSold valuer, high quality professional property details and a stylish iSold For Sale sign as well as advertising on all the major property portals and 24/7 access to the iSold website. For an additional ÂŁ500, sellers can also have a virtual tour, open house and Rightmove premium listing.
iSold Managing Director Jon Evans said: â€śWe are offering an alternative option to the traditional high street estate agency that can help both buyers and sellers save thousands of pounds. Our customers have total control and can have as much or as little assistance from our centralised branch managers and local valuations team as they want, depending on the package they buy.
â€śWe have already had considerable interest in Leeds and it is encouraging to see sellers take advantage of this new estate agency model. By harnessing new technology, customers can make huge cost savings.â€ť