An ERA broker informs a couple about a property.
An ERA broker informs a couple about a property.

selling with or without an estate agent?

Are you going to sell your property soon?

You can sell your home entirely on your own or let an estate agent take care of it for you. You can also sell your property publicly or entirely online. Below, we outline the main pros and cons of the various options.

Selling your home yourself

Selling your home yourself is called a private sale. You pay no commission to a third party and receive the full sale proceeds. However, you are responsible for the administration and have to look for a suitable buyer willing to pay the right price.

Een vrouw bekijkt bouwplannen van een woning.

selling through an estate agent

An estate agent knows all the ins and outs of buying and selling a home. This professional does much more than just find the right buyer. An estate agent takes care of everything before, during and after the sale. Buying and selling is daily business for them.

The estate agent's commission

A professional will usually charge a 3% commission for the sale. You'll quickly recoup this commission, as an estate agent can often sell your home faster and at a higher price than if you did it yourself. That's because your estate agent has a large local network, devises well-thought-out marketing campaigns and has a large customer base with many active visitors.

An ERA broker informs a couple about a property.
Twee ERA makelaars presenteren de ERA Koperwachtzaal.

our unique assets

Want to know how many people are interested in your home? Discover the ERA Buyers' Waiting Room.

Three tips when choosing your estate agent

  • Choose someone who exudes confidence and puts you at ease.
  • Compare the services an estate agent offers with the commission they charge. Estate agents who charge a higher commission often take care of lots of things that other estate agents may not.
  • Request customer references.
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Kantoor notaris

selling through a notary

Selling your home through a notary is often cheaper. This is because a notary has a completely different set of tasks than an estate agent. In a public sale through a notary, the price is not set in advance and supply and demand come into play.

Is your home located in a desirable area?

Then there are probably lots of potential buyers, and your property could fetch a nice sum through a public sale.

Is there only limited interest?

Then it's often better to sell your home through an estate agent. After all, an offer that meets your expectations may not materialize, causing the sale of your home to drag on longer than expected.

Flat for sale
Iemand wijst naar een scherm waar een woning op te koop staat.

Selling online

A public sale can also occur online through platforms like Biddit. Keep in mind that this way of selling is mainly attractive to private and professional investors looking for an interesting bargain. Bidding is consequently more rational, so you can usually expect a lower price.

Selling your property? So arranged.

Road map

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Current step - step 3

Selling with or without an estate agent?

You can sell your home entirely on your own or let an estate agent take care of it for you.

Gezellig tafelen
Step 4

Get your home prepped

Before taking photos or welcoming potential buyers, it is important to prepare your home to make the best possible impression on future owners. In industry terms, this is called “home staging”.

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Step 5

How do I determine the value of my house?

How much is your house worth? The most important element in selling your home is, of course, the asking price. It's crucial to start with the correct price. After all, there are many risks when your pricing is not accurate.

ERA broker shows documents to customer
Step 6

What mandatory documents do I need?

If you sell your home through an estate agent, they will take most of the administrative hassle off your hands. If you are selling your house or flat yourself, you will need some documents to be able to sell your home. 

Een vrouw bekijkt haar sociale media en bekijkt een post van ERA.
Step 7

How can I advertise my property?

If you are selling your home, reaching as many potential buyers as possible on as many different channels as possible is crucial. The more people you reach, the more likely the final selling price will be higher and your property will sell faster.

Rondleiding bezichtiging woning
Step 8

How do I guide visitors around my property?

The time has come! Your advertising is paying off. It may sound a bit odd, seeing as you know your property, but practice the tour you will give potential buyers with a critical friend in advance. That way, you can prepare for more difficult questions.

Een koppel zit aan tafel met een ERA makelaar om te onderhandelen over de verkoopprijs.
Step 9

How do I negotiate the selling price?

Have the guided tours gone well, and are the first prospective buyers interested in buying the property? That’s great! It's time to negotiate the selling price.

ERA estate agent with sold sign
Step 10

How do I make the sale of my home official?

The sale of your home is made official in two steps. First of all, a sale agreement must be drawn up and signed. This is followed by the notarial deed through the notary.

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Step 1

Buy first or sell first?

Will you be moving? First, decide whether you want to buy your new home before or after selling your current one. We briefly list the pros and cons.

Facade house with driveway
Step 2

When is the best time to sell my home?

Is there such a thing as “good” or “less good” time to accelerate the sale of your home?