For most of us, property is our largest single asset. However, it is not just about the size and value of our property, it is the fact that it is our home. When it comes to moving, it is the place that you entrust to a relative stranger hoping that they are going to represent you and your home in the best light possible.
Given everything that is at stake, why is it that there are no mandatory professional qualifications required to be an estate agent? In fact, having just searched a well known jobsite, the key requirements to ‘get in’ seem to be, “...enthusiasm and a driving licence…”
Whilst we agree that being able to get to and from appointments is an advantage, enthusiasm without a professional understanding is possibly the reason why the estate agency industry is, at times, slightly tarnished. There is a subtle difference between the motivation of doing a professional job well and the enthusiasm of just earning a commission.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the global professional body that enforces the highest of international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Their motto is simply, “Confidence through professional standards.”
At Waymark Property we have the distinct advantage that both directors are chartered surveyors and governed by RICS.
Adding residential sales and lettings to our commercial property, valuation and development work means that Waymark Property is one of the only multi-disciplined practices in the area and in just under two years, we have seen our business go from strength to strength, bucking current property market trends.
So what are the advantages of using a qualified property professional?
From the outside looking in, it is easy to assume that all estate agents are the same. We have access to the same advertising, we tend to have our own websites and you will normally find us all on Rightmove. But it is not about the tools of the trade or the business name above the door. It is about the people behind the desk, plying their craft, with an embedded commitment to integrity and professionalism.
It is this level of integrity and professionalism, ahead of personal gain, that is essential when it comes to negotiating the sale of your property. Let’s not forget, we are dealing with hundreds of thousands of pounds of your equity, and with interest rates for savers still running historically low, getting the best price possible for your home is essential.
As members of the RICS, we are ultimately accountable for our actions. Part of that is taking full responsibility for all that we do from appraisal to completion, treating all those involved with respect.
Our collective experience of nearly 50 years as chartered surveyors guarantees a service above and beyond the normal. We also have driving licenses and enthusiasm too!
For a confidential chat about all things property, be it residential, commercial, sales, lettings, planning or development, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ed and Jenny on 01367 820 070.