Is it really that important to go with a registered agent?

Is it really that important to go with a registered agent?

Finding the right agent for your home sale is one of the most important decisions you can make, as you trust them with your biggest asset.

There are so many different types of agents out there, and the range of services they offer can be confusing, so how do you find the one that’s right for you?

The truth is, one thing that sets a good agent apart from a bad one is whether they’re part of a registered body. In fact, it could make or break the sale of your home, but why is it so important for an agent to be registered? We’re put together a list of reasons why going with a registered agent could be the best decision for you:

  1. It sets a new standard

Associations are constantly striving to raise the standards of their industry, and so are the agents who become part of them. They do this by educating and protecting agents and consumers to work to higher standards than the law demands.

  1. It keeps your money safe

Certain estate agency associations, such as NAEA or the ARLA, guarantee the safety of client money, as all money is held in a separate designated bank account and will be protected in the event of the worst happening, such as the agency going bust.

  1. It ensures your agent is an expert

All agents that are part of the association must offer a certain standard of expertise in their industry, and will always give you professional and high quality advice. Training is given regularly to keep up with a changing profession.

  1. It keeps your agent honest

All agents registered have their accounts audited every year, and are required to abide by the memberships code of conduct to remain a member, voluntarily agreeing to carry out their business in accordance with best practices, which means you don’t need to worry about a rogue agent trying to mislead you.

  1. It means that your agent cares for their customers

For an agent to be registered, it means they went the extra mile to ensure they can give their customers the very best in standards and services. A passion to best guide sellers and buyers, and protect them throughout their property journey shines through this membership.

The NAEA and the ARLA protect and guide consumers, helping people to buy and sell their treasured homes. They work to raise professional standards among estate agents, promoting education and qualifications within the sector.

We’re proud to say at Northwood Estate Agents, we’re now members of both, and are excited to give our customers all the benefits, expertise, and safety that come along with this.

For advice, more information on the benefits we can offer you, or if you’re planning on selling, buying or letting soon, get in touch today. We’re here to help.

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