What do Estate Agents actually do?

Many people advertise their properties for rent or sell on Gumtree and other similar websites, and it makes many people wonder why they would ever use the services of an estate agent. Before we get into this one, let’s just explain what an Estate Agent does:

They market and sell property. They also deal with paperwork, monitor the chain (of buyers selling their old home and sellers buying their new home), liaise with solicitors and negotiate with buyers and sellers.

If you’re willing to do all of that on your own then fine, you don’t need an estate agent, but let us say it’s a lot of work and the rates many of them charge are worth it. At least then you’ll know everything is being handled correctly.