Choosing the right letting agent

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When you decide to let your property, choosing the right letting agent is a crucial decision.

Claire Smith at Mark Stephensons Estate and Letting Agents
Claire Smith at Mark Stephensons Estate and Letting Agents

At Mark Stephenson’s Estate Agents, we’re delighted to welcome Claire Smith to our team. She brings a vast experience in managing lettings and will be your first point of call. Whether you’re just starting out or have a large portfolio of properties, give Claire a call and she will work proactively on your behalf to achieve the best returns.

Here’s some tips from Claire on choosing a letting agent:

Reputation

Look for a letting agent with a strong reputation in the local market and who will handle situations effectively.

Local knowledge

A letting agent with a thorough understanding of the local rental market can help you achieve maximum rental yield and attract the right tenants.

Services

Lettings services can be let-only (focussing on finding tenants) or fully managed (comprehensive property management). Your agent should manage the entire process from start to finish, including references, credit checks and registering the tenant’s deposit with a deposit scheme regulator. Additionally, enquire about their tenant screening process to ensure reliable and responsible renters.

Fees

Fees can vary widely, so make sure you understand how much you will be charged for services and what is included.

Marketing

Ask about the agent’s marketing strategies for attracting potential tenants. A good agent should have a strong online presence and use various channels to promote your property effectively.

Communication

Open and transparent communication is essential for a successful landlord-agent relationship. Gauge the agent’s responsiveness and willingness to keep you informed about the status of your property and any issues that arise.

Remember that a well-chosen letting agent can save you time and stress while maximizing your rental income. Contact Claire at Mark Stephensons Estate and Letting Agents on 01653 692500 to discuss letting your property in 2024.

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