Alternative Ways to Buy and Sell Property


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These days the majority of people looking for a new home will head straight to the internet to see what’s available in their desired area at the right price and size. This is a good way to get an idea of what is on the market but there are a range of other ways to buy or sell property. If you’re sick of using estate agents for either buying or selling properties then consider one of the following methods, you could end up discovering your dream home.

Property Auctions

Property auctions organised by property consultancies such as Allsop and more provide a great place to find a new house at a highly attractive price. Anyone who has put their property for sale through an auction is clearly hoping to sell it quickly, which often results in lower prices. However, they also provide positives for those aiming to sell a property, as competing buyers can push up the price to more than you’d get from selling through an estate agency.

House Swaps

It may sound like the idea for a cheesy reality TV show but there are now numerous websites set up to make house swaps happen in real life. They are a great resource for a couple of homeowners who want to downsize and move up respectively, as it will be rare that two properties of equal size and value will be traded. For those hoping to move abroad it offers numerous opportunities as there will be people hoping to move to the UK and vice-versa.

Build Your Own

For those with the finances and specific ideas about their new house, why not build your own? It will be a lot more costly than buying an existing property but will ensure you end up with a home perfectly designed for your needs. Land will be limited if you’re hoping for a town house, unless you buy an old one and knock it down.

Buy With Strangers

A few new services have been set up in the past few years to help strangers buy property together. This is a result of the rising house prices, especially in London that has left many young people unable to afford one. It is useful for those without partners or friends willing to commit to buying a property by themselves and works a lot in the same way as matchmaking services. Hopefully one of these methods will help you sell or buy your dream home.

Cash Home Buyers

If you are looking for a quick sale of your property then this could be a very good option. You might need to relocate for work or are needing to pay off financial debts, this can offer a quick solution as some online cash home buyers can buy your house signed and sealed in as little as seven days. This can relieve the stress and time of having to prepare for viewings and market your property to attract potential buyers. Whatever situation you are in this can make the whole process run a lot smoother.


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