Lettings agents don’t have the best of names. (You have two bullets. Who do you shoot: the lawyer, the insurance salesman or the estate agent? The estate agent – twice, just to make sure.) Yet there are some excellent high-street agencies that could prove invaluable. Their biggest benefit is that – for a fee – they take care of all … Read More
How to choose an online lettings agent
If you self-manage your rental property, you can use the new generation of online lettings agents to advertise your property. They can, however, take care of a whole lot more: some offer full management at a mere 3% of your rent. Tempted? Though there are brands with excellent reviews (Upad.co.uk and OpenRent.co.uk and well-funded players (easyProperty.com and Purplebricks.com), there are also … Read More
What to weigh up in your decision to use a lettings agent or manage yourself
If you’re not sure whether to self-manage or put a lettings agent in charge of your property, here are the factors to consider: Time How much time do you have? And how do you value your time? It takes Swift around eight hours of work to find tenants, another two to four hours per month to manage a property, plus … Read More
Do you really need a lettings agent?
To manage or not to manage, that is the question. Do you let and manage your rental property yourself – there are plenty of new online services that can help – or use an agent? And how on earth do you find a good one? There are lots of scary stories of agents who take your money but do a … Read More