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Obtaining possession of property using Section 21 notice

Private landlords who let their properties on assured shorthold tenancies have, until now, obtained possession of their property at the expiry of the term of an assured shorthold tenancy by serving a section 21 notice on the tenant, without giving any grounds, and giving the tenant two months’ notice to leave. If the tenant does not comply with the notice, court proceedings may be issued to obtain possession.

(A different procedure - using a section 8 notice - is used if tenants are in arrears of rent or have broken the terms of the tenancy agreement, for example by causing damage to the property.)

There is a change in the legislation in relation to tenancies created on or after 1 October 2015. This relates to information which must be provided to the tenant prior to the commencement of the tenancy. Such information includes making available copies of:

  •  the energy performance certificate;
  •  the gas safety certificate; or
  •  a copy of the Government’s ‘How to Rent Guide’.


The notice to the tenants in is a prescribed form and further information and guidance can be obtained from the Residential Landlords Association website at

24 November 2015, I Am The Agent

Mortgage deals: how to get the best rate and avoid high fees

Cheap rates may look good value, but borrowers searching for the best deal should watch out for eight key fees that could eat into savings...


Remortgaging has surged as borrowers seek to take advantage of low fixed rates that offer interest savings running into thousands of pounds and protection against an eventual base rate rise. Many lenders have two-year deals at under two per cent for mortgages of up to 75 per cent of the value of a property.
But borrowers searching for the best deal should watch out for additional fees that eat into the interest savings.
The mortgage deals with the lowest headline rates often have high fees, which can make them much less competitive overall.  

Set-up fees of £2,000 or more on some loans mean borrowers may be better off choosing a loan with a higher interest rate but lower fees, say experts.
For example, the Post Office offers an ultra-low two-year fix at 1.15 per cent for mortgages of up to 60 per cent of a property’s value. But for many borrowers, a higher fixed rate of 1.59 per cent from Chelsea Building Society could work out substantially cheaper.  

How lenders’ fees stack up

Mortgage account fee For setting up, maintaining and closing your mortgage account. If charged, there shouldn’t also be an exit fee. £100 to £300
Early repayment charge; Applies if you come out of the fixed-rate or discount period before it ends. One to five per cent of loan
Exit fee Also known as a mortgage completion or deeds release fee. For closing your mortgage account. £75 to £300
Arrangement fee Sometimes known as a product or completion fee. £0 to £2,000+
Valuation fee Varies with property value, often waived on remortgages. £150 to £1,500
Booking fee Application fee, generally non-refundable, which may be included in the arrangement fee. £99 to £250
Own buildings insurance fee Sometimes charged if you sort out your own buildings insurance, rather than buying from lender. £25
CHAPS fee For transferring mortgage funds to your solicitor. £25 to £50

Sources: Money Advice Service; MoneySuperMarket

The Post Office charges a hefty arrangement fee of £1,995 and borrowers also pay a valuation fee of hundreds of pounds, while there are no arrangement or valuation fees with the Chelsea offer.
Even with its higher rate, the overall cost of the Chelsea deal would be about £1,000 lower over the two-year fixed-rate period for a £250,000 repayment loan, according to calculations by financial website
Financial adviser Justin Modray, of Candid Money, warns that lenders can use up-front fees to make their mortgage rates look more attractive than they really are. A high initial fee means they can cut the headline interest rate without affecting their profit,” he says.
Ray Boulger, of independent mortgage and remortgage adviser John Charcol, adds: “There’s an element of taking advantage of borrowers’ naivety — lenders are disguising the real cost of their deals.”
Most mortgages have arrangement fees, but their size varies widely and can be as high as £2,800, according to researchers Moneyfacts. The average is more than £900 — three times the level of a decade ago. And although in many cases, the fee can be added to the loan, this means paying interest on it.
Where a lender charges a property valuation fee, this can also be a significant cost, ranging up to more than £1,000 for high-value homes.

Lowest rates Vs cheapest deals

Lender   Mortgage rate Set-up fees Total annual cost
Post Office   1.15 per cent fixed for two years £2,495 £12,670
Chelsea Building Society  1.59 per cent fixed for two years   £0 £12,130
HSBC 2.19 per cent fixed for five years  £1,810 £12,170
Saffron Building Society    1.49 per cent two-year discounted variable £685 (+ cashback of £800) £11,930
HSBC   2.19 per cent fixed for five years £810 £13,140Based on a £250,000 remortgage on a £500,000 property. Set-up fees include arrangement/booking and valuation fees.

Total annual cost comprises fees, averaged over length of fixed/discount term, plus mortgage payments.
Source:, November 13, 2015

Fees have a greater impact on the cost of smaller and shorter-term loans. And they can add up for borrowers who routinely switch when deals end.
“Borrowers choosing a two-year fixed rate will have to remortgage again relatively soon, which could see them paying out yet another hefty fee,” says Moneyfacts’ Charlotte Nelson.

However, Boulger warns that borrowers who are put off a low-rate offer just because of its high fees could also end up worse off.
With larger or longer-term loans, the size of fees can be relatively unimportant, he says.  
Among five-year fixes, HSBC offers a cut-price rate of 2.19 per cent which, even with a booking fee of £499, plus hundreds of pounds of other set-up costs, still works out cheaper than rivals with no fees, according to
The site has a free “mortgage best buys” tool, which compares total loan costs, including arrangement and other set-up fees. It includes deals available through mortgage brokers, as well as those only available direct from lenders.

A good mortgage broker will also be able to find the right deal based on your circumstances. Brokers will often have details about lenders’ criteria, which can help with applications — and the process should be quicker.

However, it’s not just fees charged at the outset of a mortgage that borrowers should consider. David Hollingworth, of broker London & Country Mortgages, says most fixed-rate mortgages have early repayment charges during the fixed term.
These are generally a percentage of the loan and can amount to thousands of pounds, making it important to think about how long you should tie yourself in for.

Article courtesy of Homes & Property. To see the full article click here

24 November 2015, I Am The Agent

Handy Guide for Buy to Let Landlords to keep on top of the budget

The Government’s tax changes for landlords, announced in this summer’s Budget, will significantly eat into landlords’ profits and, in many cases, will wipe them out completely. The changes are so complex that their true impact is only now being fully understood.

In his Budget speech, Chancellor George Osborne also announced changes to the tax treatment of maintenance costs for furnished properties.

So how will these changes affect you and what other expenses can you claim?

While most capital expenses – those involved in buying and selling a property, such as the purchase price and agent and legal fees – cannot be used to offset your income tax, many other costs can.

Here we have put together a guide to the expenses you can claim for your buy-to-let property.


Mortgage interest

You can currently use the interest you pay on your mortgage each year to offset your tax bill. Landlords can claim relief at their personal tax rate.

But radical reforms are being introduced that will change this.

In a nutshell, landlords will no longer be able to deduct the cost of their mortgage interest from their rental income when they calculate a profit on which to pay tax.

In other words, tax will be applied to the rent received – rather than what is left of the rent after the mortgage interest has been paid.

So tax rates will, for some, exceed 100pc: landlords will have to pay all of their profit in tax, and then pay more tax still.

The Government will allow a tax credit equivalent to basic rate tax (20pc) on the interest, but this will do little to offset the increased cost.


A full worked example, and explanation of the tax change, is here.

The tax increase, on which there was no consultation, will be phased in from 2017 and fully implemented by 2020.

Smith & Williamson has calculated that any higher-rate taxpayer landlord whose mortgage interest is 75pc or more of their rental income, net of other expenses, will see all of their returns wiped out by 2020.

For additional-rate (45pc) taxpayers, the threshold at which their investment returns are wiped out by the tax is when mortgage costs reach 68pc of rental income.

Some current basic-rate taxpayers will also be hit, because the change will push them into the higher-rate tax bracket.

Mortgage fees

Broker and arrangement fees are currently tax deductible and can be claimed back in the year you arranged a mortgage. However this is also likely to be restricted when the changes to mortgage interest relief come into effect.

- Buy-to-let rental calculator: How much rent should I charge?

- Buy-to-let mortgage calculator: How much can I borrow?

Securing a tenant/ letting agent fees

If you decide to rent your property privately or through an online estate agent, you can claim back the cost of advertising for tenants, purchasing a tenancy agreement, credit checking, referencing, deposit protection and professional inventory costs. With our all-inclusive landlord package at £249.99 which includes marketing for 6 months on major property portals, 2 x comprehensive references and the tenancy agreement. These could come in at more than £300 each time a new tenant moves in, according to the National Landlords Association.


Buildings and contents insurance premiums

Specialist landlord insurance will cover the building, your liability as a landlord and loss of rent. You can also add contents cover, home emergency, legal expenses and rent guarantee insurance. Cover for a typical low-risk buy-to-let property costs around £200 a year.

Maintenance and repairs

Any money you spend keeping the property in a good state of repair is tax deductible. While you cannot claim for renovations, extensions or improvements that add value to the property, you can offset expenses to correct wear and tear.

Property repairs can include mending broken windows and doors, repairing broken cookers, white goods, furniture or guttering, painting and decorating and replacing or fixing the roof.



The rules here are changing. If the property is furnished, you can currently choose to claim back either a general “wear and tear” allowance or the exact cost of replacing individual items.

The wear and tear allowance is 10pc of the rent annually, minus any costs you pay on behalf of the tenant such as council tax. You do not have to have spent any money replacing or repairing the furniture in a given year to claim this allowance.

Alternatively you can claim the exact cost of replacing furniture in the property. This only applies to existing furniture – you cannot claim back the cost of furnishing it in the first place.

But from April 2016, landlords will only be allowed to deduct costs that they actually incur. So if you don't spend any money correcting wear and tear, you cannot claim.


Ground rent and service

If you are a leaseholder, you will usually pay ground rent to the freeholder. Service charges are common in blocks of flats and can vary greatly. Basic charges cover cleaning, maintenance, heating and lighting for common areas, but other costs could include security or concierge staff. You can also claim back any on-site services such as gardening and electrical costs.


Council tax and utility bills

If you pay any council tax or utility bills that a tenant would normally pay, you can claim the whole cost. You can also claim these costs during void periods, when there is no tenant living in the property.



Other direct costs of letting the property such as phone calls, stationery and the costs of travelling between different properties for the purposes of the rental business are also claimable expenses.


Before you submit a tax return

As a landlord you must submit a self-assessment tax return each year. If an accountant prepares this for you the fees are tax deductible.


Nimesh Shah, a partner at accountancy firm Blick Rothenberg, said to always keep receipts and other proof of payments. “If HMRC decides to raise an inquiry it will want to see written proof of all the costs you have claimed.”

 We advise you to speak to a qualified accountant for further information and clarification. 


*courtesy of the telegraph online &HMRC 

15 September 2015, I Am The Agent

Leading Online Estate Agency, I Am The Agent, Announces Landmark Affiliate Deal with British Gas

The UK’s biggest online estate agent I Am The Agent, has this week announced a brand new affiliate in British Gas – the UK’s largest energy and home services company. British Gas will now showcase their vast range of products on the I Am The Agent website, as well as offering their expert services as part of the property management packages provided by the lettings experts.


The new agreement is a first for the online lettings world, with I Am The Agent chosen over dozens of other agents in a highly competitive sector. The deal was six months in the making, and British Gas’ decision to join with I Am The Agent on this landmark affiliate deal is a testament to the high quality and unparalleled service standards the agency has become renowned for.

Rebecca Peach, Founder of I Am The Agent, says, “We’re thrilled to welcome British Gas as one of our affiliates. They are one of the most recognisable brands in the country, and their name is synonymous with superb quality – which is obviously one of the things we strive for here at I Am The Agent.”


Ms Peach adds, “Our website will now showcase some of British Gas’ most popular and relevant products for landlords and tenants using our site, and their team of expert engineers will be called into service as part of our property management package. Landlords will now be able to have their boilers and other utility equipment serviced and maintained by the best in the business, representing even greater value for those who use our management services.”

The current offer is an exclusive 10% off British Gas landlord packages. 

15 September 2015, I Am The Agent

Beware of AirBnb-Style Rental Scams

Here at I Am The Agent, it’s crucial to us that our clients remain protected online, especially when looking for a new property to rent. Unfortunately it’s come to our attention that a brand new scam has taken off in recent weeks, designed to encourage unsuspecting tenants to part with huge deposits for properties that don’t seem to exist.

Using a site that looks very similar to AirBnb, and convincing users that AirBnb itself is ‘guaranteeing’ the transaction, the scammers are attempting to lure in those who seek luxurious properties at affordable prices with this illegal scam. So far we’ve found evidence of this scam operating in Liverpool and London – but there could be dozens of other perpetrators across the country.

The scam operates as follows. Scammers list stunning properties for rent at very low prices to lure in potential tenants who can’t believe their luck. We’ve seen the properties listed on various online estate agencies and popular property portals.

When the tenants try to arrange to view the property, the scammers insist that this isn’t currently possible because they’re not in the vicinity of the property – but if the potential tenants simply send over a three-month deposit through their ‘secure’ system, they can arrange a viewing afterwards. If they don’t like anything about the property, they get their deposit back. Sounds simple, right?

Unfortunately, there is no property, and there is no lease. Scammers convince the tenants that the transactions for the deposits are approved and monitored by AirBnb before sending them to a mock-up payment page which is 100% fake. Once they have three months’ worth of rent from the potential tenant, they scarper, with no trace left behind.

We’ve heard of numerous instances where this scam has been pulled off, and we want to put a stop to it happening in the future. We’ve put together a few tips for potential tenants looking for a new property to rent:

·         Don’t ever send money to landlords or agents if you haven’t viewed the property yet. Only part with your money if you’ve viewed the property and are happy to put a deposit down on it.

·         Ask for identification and other credentials to ensure the landlord is who he or she claimed. A legitimate, professional landlord will have no qualms about showing you their ID.

·         Always request a tenancy agreement before you part with security deposits and rent. You don’t want to put a deposit down without checking what you’re signing up for.

·         Always verify the status of websites that you’re directed to. Conduct a WHOIS domain lookup, examine the page for grammatical errors, and see if the page has any contact details or links to other verified pages. Many scammers go through the trouble of creating forms or pages designed to mimic popular, trusted websites, so be thorough in your verification, and if you’re not sure – ask!

·         If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. In today’s highly competitive property market, the likelihood of finding luxury properties at incredibly low prices is scarce. If you think you’re getting too much of a good deal, you might want to consider the possibility that you’re being scammed. 

·         Stay safe by using an established online letting agent – look at the site, Google them, look at reviews and if in doubt, call.



26 August 2015, I Am The Agent

What Does The Conservative Government Mean for the Property Market?

It’s been three months since the General Election that gave the country a Conservative majority, and the dust has settled on the Emergency Budget the Chancellor called in early July. So what effect are the Conservative’s new policies having on the property market – and what does this mean for landlords, buyers, sellers and prospective tenants?


Many landlords will have breathed a sigh of relief when the exit polls showed a Conservative majority – it means that the prospect of rent caps or controls will no longer be hovering over them. Labour often spoke of introducing rent control and guaranteeing longer tenancies in certain properties, but the Conservatives aren’t currently planning to make waves in the private residential sector.

However, George Osborne’s Summer Budget revealed that landlords will no longer be allowed to deduct 10% off their rental income to cover general maintenance on furnished properties. They must provide details of the cost of their furniture replacements, rather than using the 10% tax-free deduction as a way to lower their rent prices and make their properties more appealing. Could this move result in landlords opting out of providing furnished properties?


It’s no secret that house prices are higher than ever before – especially in London and the rest of the south-west, where single rooms and garages routinely fetch hundreds of thousands when marketed as ‘studio flats’, and family homes cost more than £1m on average. 

The Conservatives have outlined plans to build 100,000 new homes in the UK, but there are claims that this is nowhere near enough to meet demand. The Conservative’s pledge to allow housing association tenants the right to buy their property has also come under fire, with critics asking how the properties will be replaced. This lack of new homes could see house prices soar even further over the next five years.


If you live in the south-west of England, now is a fantastic time to sell your property – you’re likely to get much more than you paid for it, and the demand for high-quality properties is such that most don’t stay on the market for long. The aforementioned lack of quality properties and new homes being built is sending prices soaring, so sellers under the Conservative government are likely to get a very appealing return on their initial investment.


The extension of the Right to Buy scheme mentioned earlier is obviously a boost for many tenants currently living in housing association properties. They’ll be offered the chance to buy the property rather than renting, with a discount too – the price will be capped at £102,700 for homes in London, and £77,000 for the rest of the UK.

A Help to Buy ISA has also been introduced to help tenants currently saving for their first home – every £200 saved towards a deposit will be rewarded with a £50 cash bonus.

If you’re planning a move, ask I Am The Agent – the top online estate agency and online letting agent – about your options.



26 August 2015, I Am The Agent


Selling or renting out a property can be a stressful undertaking and a costly one at that! First there is the hassle of choosing an estate agent who is willing to do the legwork for you and trusting them to find a buyer/tenant who is serious about what they are viewing. Secondly there’s the fee that you have to pay them to find your buyer/tenant, not to mention the extra costs involved if you wish for them to further manage it for you.

 Your property is your biggest investment, so as in investor, it’s all about the net yield you will be able to enjoy. If you choose to pay a high street estate agent, you will be liable for a fee, which can be as high as 17%  if you are renting or 3.5% on sales.

 Here’s where an online estate agent can be the better option to optimise your yield and keep you with more cash in the bank.


Whether selling or renting, here’s a quick checklist with the best reasons to use an online estate agent, such as, to save you money:


Selling your property:

  •  An online estate agent such as I Am The Agent charges a one-off fee to market your property through the most widely-seen sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla. You just upload your photos and add a property description to the agent’s website and sit back and wait for the enquiries to come in.
  • Here at we charge a one-off sales package starting from £299, whereas a high street agent would typically charge between 1 – 1.5% of the property value. As an example of the savings you could make, if you were to sell your property for £400,000, you would pay a traditional estate agent a fee of around 1% which would equate to £4000, whereas if you sold via an online estate agent, such as, you would only pay a one-off fee for as little as £299. So the more expensive your property, the more you stand to save!
  • You remain in control of the selling process. Once your property has hit the market, you will receive all enquiries from potential buyers and you are in charge of managing the viewings of your property.You know more about your property than anyone, so when you are selling, you can inevitably offer more advice about than an estate agent could.
  •  A good online estate agent such as will be able to assist with offering a best-price guide and valuation to help you with gaining an accurate value at which to market your property. They can also help with advice and will also provide a ‘for sale’ board, should you wish to use one all for just £299inc VAT. 

Renting out your property through an online letting agent:

1.   If you wish to rent out your property, an online estate agent will, once again, only charge a one-off fee for you to list your property for rental. You can upload your property with photos and description quickly and the feed through to the major portals will usually be uploaded within 24 hours. It couldn’t be simpler

  • You are in control of meeting with potential tenants and showing them around your rental property. This can often give you peace-of-mind when you are trusting your investment to someone you have just met.
  • You are not completely alone. Depending on which level of service you pay for, a good online agent, such as can provide extra assistance with reference checking, tenancy agreements, Gas Safety Certificates, EPC’s, Inventory checks etc. Even if you opted for the full package, you would still be saving a great deal. offers marketing of rental properties for as little as £99.
  • The main key is the saving you will make as opposed to the traditional high street estate agent.


How do I choose an online estate agent I can trust?


All agents must be a member of one of one of three bodies – either the Property Ombudsman, the Ombudsman Services Property or the Property Redress Scheme, however this is not always a fail-safe.

More advice can be found at the following link:


The Home Owners Alliance website offers a great deal of advice about selling or renting through an online estate agency and also offers a comparison table of the main online estate agency operators at the following link:


Where do I begin?

The Home Owner’s Alliance (HOA) offers brilliant advice and answers a great deal of questions about using online estate agents, so might be worth a look if you’re still not convinced! Here’s the link:


The HOA also list IAmTheAgent as one of the major online estate agencies, so why not log onto our site and see for yourself how much you could save. GET STARTED 


26 June 2015, I Am The Agent

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis today (11 March 2015).

The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.

The measure is expected to take effect from October 2015, and comes with strong support after a consultation on property condition in the private rented sector.

England’s 46 fire and rescue authorities are expected to support private landlords in their own areas to meet their new responsibilities with the provision of free alarms, with grant funding from government.

This is part of wider government moves to ensure there are sufficient measures in place to protect public safety, while at the same time avoiding regulation which would push up rents and restrict the supply of homes, limiting choice for tenants.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

In 1988 just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed – now it’s over 90%. 

The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection.

But with working smoke alarms providing the vital seconds needed to escape a fire, I urge all tenants to make sure they regularly test their alarms to ensure they work when it counts. Testing regularly remains the tenant’s responsibility.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:

We’re determined to create a bigger, better and safer private rented sector – a key part of that is to ensure the safety of tenants with fire prevention and carbon monoxide warning.

People are at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.

That’s why we are proposing changes to the law that would require landlords to install working smoke alarms in their properties so tenants can give their families and those they care about a better chance of escaping a fire.

Ensuring the safety of tenants

Other measures to support the private rented sector include investing £1 billion in building newly-built homes specifically for private rent, giving tenants support against rogue landlords and publishing a How to rent guide so tenants and landlords alike are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

The proposed changes to the law would require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.

Landlords would also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.

Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms would face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.

This would bring private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already require newly-built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.

And it’s in line with other measures the government has taken to improve standards in the private rented sector, without wrapping the industry up in red tape.

Further information

New regulations will be laid in Parliament to require landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, and are expected to come into force, subject to Parliamentary approval, on 10 October 2015.

The allocation of funding to fire and rescue authorities to offer free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to local landlords will be announced shortly.

The government’s Fire Kills campaign will be encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks to British Summer Time. The ‘Tick Tock Test’ campaign will run on radio, online and in the press from 16 to 29 March 2015.

See Fire Minister Penny Mourdant’s speech to the Local Government Association fire conference.

*courtesy of

23 June 2015, I Am The Agent

Mortgage News!

Here is a summary of the key changes and announcements in the mortgage market for this week:


  • The annual rate of inflation is now at zero. The Consumer Price Index fell from 0.3% in January to its current level. The Bank of England targets inflation at 2% and June 2014 was the closest to this at 1.9%. This period of low rates, could lead to a review on base rate and whether there is a call to reduce further from the 0.5% rate. With a minimal expectation of deflation, it’s unlikely that any rate change will come through and mortgage lender will still continue to base their rates on current market conditions.


  • A new lender has been added to the partner mortgage panel, with the launch today of Bank of Ireland mortgages. Bank of Ireland have decided to use their own brand for mortgages, along with funding the Post Office range, which they will continue to do so. BOI are looking to make an impact in the market and we could see some very attractive rates as they start lending.


  • Halifax have launched new rates, exclusive to our mortgage brokers and are continuing their move to improve their market share. The highlight of these rates is a 2 year fixed at 1.64% for those clients with 25% deposit. This rate comes with a £999 arrangement fee. 


If you would like a mortgage quote or further information call us on 0333 444 1007 and we will refer you to one of our trusted partners


I Am The Agent are the UK's leading on line estate agent and 'the one stop shop' for all your property needs 

31 March 2015, I Am The Agent

Why use an online estate agent?

If you are looking to sell or rent out your home quickly, cheaply and hassle free, then using the services of an online estate agent, such as ourselves at I Am The Agent, may be a solution.


Selling via a traditional estate agent

Selling a property with a traditional estate agent works something like this:

·     You agree a commission fee with agent in the event that they sell your property. This will typically be between 1.25%-2.5% of the selling price. Currently the average UK house price is £250,000, so the fees could range anywhere up to £6,250! 

·      The agent will write down your property’s particulars, arrange for some photos to be taken, then advertise it in their window front, on their own website and, if they are affiliated to one, a property portal that displays properties from a number of other estate agents and developers.

·      The estate agent will deal with any enquiries and if someone wants to make a viewing, get in contact with you.

·      On the actual viewing day itself, the agent may or may not accompany the person considering buying your home.

·      If a sale is agreed, the estate agent will act as a main contact point for the buyer, you, the solicitors and mortgage company etc. So, whenever you want to know where you are on the progress on the sale, you will need to contact the estate agent.

·     If a sale does not go ahead, then you will not be charged any money.

With our service, it works like this:

·     You pay a one off fixed fee starting from just £299 including VAT.

·     Your property details will also then be listed automatically on all the major property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla, Prime Location, plus many more, giving you a massive audience.

·     We then answer buyers enquiries 24/7 by our trained client representatives

·     We then forward all these details, or requests for a viewing, and these are then dealt with by you - putting you firmly in control.

·     If a sale is agreed, you will liaise initially with the buyer, then through your respective solicitors, meaning you know exactly what the position is at any given time.

·     Because you have already paid to get listed on an online agent website, this proves to potential buyers that you are serious about moving.

Letting your property through an online estate agent

Online estate agents can also be invaluable if you are looking to let your property, with a one off advertising fee from just £99.00 with our service. The benefits are the same as when selling your property – it is much cheaper, easier and less hassle.


Why use our service?

At I Am The Agent we were the first company to offer this type of full online estate agency service, so know what works and what doesn’t. We have over 6,500 properties online at any time, 68,000 registered users, and been established over 5 years.


We have a 100% referral rate from our customers – and you can read some of their comments here! 

Hopefully this brief article has shown you that there is another option than just using a traditional estate or lettings agent – and one which could you save you money too.

Visit I Am The Agent today to get started!



27 March 2015, I Am The Agent