Your home is probably your single most valuable asset, so selling it can be very stressful – particularly if you’re doing so for the first time.
Arguably the single most important factor in keeping that stress to the absolute minimum, and ensuring that your sale progresses smoothly through to a successful conclusion, is choosing the right estate agent in the first place – and at Williams & Donovan we know this isn’t so easy, in view of the number of agents operating in the Hockley/Hawkwell, Benfleet/Thundersley/Hadleigh Rochford/Ashingdon areas.
However, what you basically need is a well-established local independent agent with a first-class reputation - one where the owners’ livelihoods literally depend on the quality of service on offer; an agent with a strong online presence, a prominent High Street location, and a first class track record in selling properties similar to your own.
In other words, you need an agent just like Williams & Donovan!
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of the recommendations and testimonials we have received from people who have used our services. These can be viewed HERE.
Or, if you need further convincing, how about this…
In 2017, we were named the top estate agent of our size in the whole of the UK at the ESTAS – the most prestigious awards in the property industry!
Here at Williams & Donovan, our philosophy is a simple one. Being good at what we do isn’t enough; we have to be better than our competitors. We want you as a client for life - which is why we invest so much time and trouble in building real, lasting client relationships, based on mutual trust and respect.
It is part of our DNA to go the extra mile for both sellers and buyers. We work like this for two reasons: firstly, because being helpful and understanding is second nature to us; and secondly, because by bending over backwards to help, we achieve better results for you.
Buying or selling a property is a big deal, which is why we make it our business to ensure that you are in safe hands at all times. Our people are all highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals, who go to great lengths to get the best possible results. But they’re also very nice, friendly people – a pleasure to deal with – and we think that’s just as important!
First and foremost, our job is to sell. So, getting the marketing right is essential. There is an art and a science to ensuring that every property we’re instructed to sell is seen in the right places by the right people – and in the best possible light. So, for each property we create an individually-tailored programme combining the very best of both traditional and online marketing channels.
These days, well over 90% of all of traditional buyers start their property search on the internet – so in addition to our own website, we naturally list our clients’ homes on the UK’s two largest and most popular property portals, Rightmove and Zoopla.
On the very first day of marketing, we also send text and email alerts to the hundreds of prospective buyers on our applicant database – and follow up with phone calls to those whose requirements most closely match your property, plus those who are in the best position to proceed within your chosen timeframe.
But, as a traditional full service estate agent, it doesn’t stop there. We also utilise an array of other, tried and tested methods. So, we have invested thousands of pounds in the most up to date and eye catching LED window displays to get your property noticed on the busy High Streets of Hockley and Benfleet. And we also strongly recommend having a “For Sale” board. Old-fashioned? Maybe - but we know from years of experience that they remain one of the most powerful weapons in our marketing armoury!
Finally, if you need to sell your house within defined timescales we may recommend an Open House event to deliver maximum exposure at the earliest opportunity – while if you don’t want the hassle of showing potential buyers round, we can also conduct viewings on your behalf.
We will use our years of experience as skilled negotiators to achieve the best offer possible, and once you have made your decision, we will assess your potential buyer’s financial position and ability to proceed to ensure that they match your needs.
And once the sale is agreed…
We will chase solicitors or conveyancers, brokers, buyers and the whole chain to keep the transaction moving forward as smoothly and speedily as possible, keeping you fully informed at every stage. On average, between 25 and 30% of transactions fall through before exchange of contracts, but with our experience and expertise we can reduce this figure considerably.