I've recently moved home...and I don't need to remind you of how much of an an ordeal it can be. The story ends well but not without the usual bouts of anxiety, stress and emotional trauma.
In January, I opted to pay a flat fee of around £800 (including tax) ($1,233) for the services of a new breed of real estate agent - an online-only do-it-yourself broker. After just a handful five years ago, there's now around 50 of these companies in the U.K. all competing against each other – and the traditional bricks-and-mortar agents. Industry insiders predict they'll have half of the U.K.'s market share by 2020.
But the incumbents warned me, they said these online-only startups lacked the "local knowledge" to sell my home and wouldn't be too fussed about my sale once the cash had changed hands.
By February, it was going well. I had shown viewers around my home with my own "local knowledge" and a buyer had been promptly found. I was dealing with them directly but I could also contact my agent pretty much 24/7.