Cutting out the middle man will cost jobs
11:15am Wednesday 18th July 2012 in Letters
I am currently trying to sell my property and have encountered a problem. I have a prospective buyer that found my property due to my agents marketing advertisements which, incidentally, cost the agent money up front, for the newspaper advertisements. The buyer now wants me to by-pass my agent in order to save money and pass some of the savings on to them, by way of a reduced sale. This has been a problem in the past for estate agents. However, it appears more prolific at the present time.
If everyone selling property through an agent decided to cut their agent out during proceedings, then it would result in a lot of out of work agents.
This is immoral, and as I see it, no different from walking out of a shop with a pint of milk without paying.
I will not be by-passing my agent, and have informed the prospective buyer of this. If being honest loses me a sale on my property then so be it.
Gill Martin (sent by email)