Vilma could not sell her property even after having it on the market for 3 months with a different agency. She cancelled her agreement with the other agency but was still forced to pay $5,000 in advertising costs even though the property was not sold. Vilma then met the team at Knox Family Real Estate in Gordon who offered a risk free way of selling. Vilma sold her house for $140,000 more than they were expecting. Thank you Vilma for sharing your story so others who are thinking about selling can learn from your experiences.
Vilma: We started up with another agency in the area and they listed it quite low. That price is on the internet now, so if anyone looks up the property they see the low price. We had it on with that agent for about three months. Let’s face it; they didn’t sell it, did they? McConnell Bourn didn’t sell it. Then we just amicably terminated our agreement. We did have to pay money for advertising. We had to pay roughly $5,000.
That’s one of the things we liked about Knox; we didn’t pay anything up front. So if they didn’t sell it, or we had to pull out for whatever reason, we didn’t lose that money.
Reggie and Ning were certainly far more charismatic and very nice. They were very happy to come in and sit down and have a cup of tea, have a chit chat. They gave us plenty of time to prepare the house for when they brought in the prospective buyers. I didn’t like open house inspections with other agency because you have too many people in and you didn’t know who they were.
Whereas one-on-one is much nicer. Indeed, the negotiation with Ning and our buyer was fantastic and she really worked hard tirelessly to get a good price for us.
We were not happy to go to auction and Knox Real Estate did not go to auction, which we preferred. We really liked the way they do business. Peter Knox was a lovely man and honest man.
Just a couple of doors down, we spoke to the neighbours there because they’re selling and they asked us about Knox. We said how good they were and honest and they had signed up with Knox. Firstly, you don’t pay anything up front and obviously you pay fees at the end. You don’t have open house which I liked. They give you 24 hours, sometimes even longer notice to try and tidy up the bed and clear up stuff and get out of the house. Then they come and it’s just easier.
It didn’t matter if we’re Roseville and they came from Gordon, but then never once mentioned or hinted that it was an effort to come all the way from Gordon to Roseville. It was always done happily. You get what you pay for, so they gave us good service and we are happy to pay for it.
We sold the property in Roseville and got $140,000 more. Had we sold last year with the other agents and even with the lower price, we would not have had the house that we are buying now. We have found the property which we’ve always wanted.
We’ve just found the house of our dreams, actually, and we wouldn’t have had it had we sold last year. I don’t believe auction is the best way to go. I mean, I really do think, private treaty is much better.