Selling or Letting And Using Sole Estate Agent - Save £1000s

IMPORTANT: Read this CAREFULLY
before advertising on any other site to ensure
you do not break your sole agent contract!!
You can sell or let your home and NOT pay the agents commission. As Houseladder is not an Estate Agent, but an advertiser, there is no conflict with sole or multiple agency agreements. It is the same as placing an advert in your local paper.


Its official - The Office of Fair Trading states

Sole Agent: the term refers to your appointed Estate Agent - the only agent with the right to sell your property. You should be able to sell the property yourself without paying the agent a fee - provided that the buyer was not introduced to you by the agent during the contract period.


In December 2005 'The Office of Fair Trading' issued guidance on how to determine whether a property internet site was in fact an Estate Agent or not. If a site was really an Agent then your would be liable to pay £1000s in commission to your Estate Agent.

The main issues which make a property internet site an Estate Agent are when they

  • Sending out property particulars and arranging viewings (Houseladder does not.)
  • Receiving and fielding queries from potential sellers or buyers and passing on details to your clients (Houseladder does not. Buyers and tenants contact you direct)
  • Providing clients with a 'For Sale' or 'To Let' board containing the websites contact telephone number. (You erect your own board which has your own personal telephone number on it)

    Before advertising on any other site, ensure they comply with the latest guidance from the Office of Fair Trading. Houseladder does, many do not!



  • SOLD! Saved £1454 !!

    4 Bed Terraced

    Liverpool, Mersyside.

    Asking Price £82,500


    Well, what can I say? I had the house listed with an Estate Agent for seven months, had 3 enquiries and one offer 25% below the asking price. If I had proceeded with them that would have cost me over £800! Before you came along I probably would have gone along with their, scandalous, contract.

    I've just sold (completion on 14th Oct) I'm so impressed with the number of enquiries, 1st class service and the wonderful price that I am telling loads of people all about you. You should feel, rightly, proud of the service you offer.

    699 viewings of my ad 35 email enquiries (and some that simply 'phoned me) Several offers (within £4,000 - 5,000 of price) and the pleasure of dealing with these prospective buyers personally

    Thank you very much for a brilliant service - together, we'll change the face of house selling in the UK. :-) ATB (All The Best)

    Ray Rushton-Gough


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