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With nearly 20,000 estate and letting agents in the UK right now, it can be difficult to choose the right one for the job. Some homeowners opt to sell or let their home independently but quickly learn that it’s often more stressful and time-consuming than they initially realised.

If you’re a homeowner, landlord, or property investor in need of a qualified and reliable agent, it can be difficult to know which agent to choose. You have big brand online agents such as Purplebricks, agents offering free services like OpenRent and then you have traditional agents such as Savills – the list is endless!

Luckily there are numerous online tools to help you find exactly which agents to pick. Better still, many of these websites offer side-by-side comparisons of agents in the local area, which means they bring local knowledge to the table.

One such comparison website is Net an Agent. Currently used by over 150,000 homeowners, Net an Agent claims to be one of the best comparison websites on the Internet right now.

Keep reading for an in-depth look at Net an Agent including its backstory, how it works, plus pros and cons as stated by both current and former clients.

As a disclaimer, readers should do their own research and analysis. Rentround is not an independent/unbiased review site. This article is based on data available on the internet and not the opinions of Rentround. 

1. About Net an Agent

Let’s start at the beginning. Net an Agent was founded in 2011 in response to the frustrating process of finding an estate or letting agents online. The founders of the website were fed up with trolling individual agents’ websites trying to negotiate a price, schedule a valuation, and receive up-to-date information. Instead, they decided to simplify the process.

The team is dedicated to helping property owners find the right agent based on their area, budget, and circumstances.

Net an Agent gives users instant quotes from experienced online agents in the local area, providing a clear picture of the current market and what their services will cost.

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Net an Agent even makes contact with the agents to expedite the process even further. The idea is to save homeowners the time and hassle of researching agents, scrolling their websites, and trying to make sense of all the property market jargon.

How Net an Agent Works

Net an Agent offers comparison tools for both homeowners looking to sell and landlords looking to rent out their houses. Regardless of the type of agent, the comparison process is relatively the same.

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Enter the Property Information

Property owners start by entering some basic details including the postal code, size of the house, and other notable features. Then, Net an Agent will compare local agents and let homeowners decide between local high-street agents and an online agency.

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The search results will generate a long list of helpful information including the agent’s fees and services. Homeowners can view these instant proposals, make comparisons, and request valuations.

There’s no need for negotiating or struggling to get in touch with agents since they’re already entered into Net an Agent’s database and the fees are set.

For some people, this is a downside to this particular website since there’s no real room for negotiating, while others like knowing up front what they’re up against.

Sell or Let the Property

After selecting the perfect agent for the job, property owners can get the ball rolling on selling or letting their homes.

Net an Agent will contact the selected agent, who will then reach out to schedule a valuation.

Net an Agent even does the dirty work of notifying those agents who weren’t selected, eliminating the need for uncomfortable conversations.

Example Results

To get a better idea of exactly what Net an Agent’s results page looks like, let’s take a look at the information provided and how it’s organized.

Search results are presented in a table form, with the agents’ or agencies’ names listed on the left. The next column clearly states the agent’s fees, including VAT taxes. Each agent is asked to provide a brief quote or statement about themselves and their services. This gives property owners a sense of the agent’s personality and work ethic.

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The next column provides details about what services the agent offers including photos, floorplans, video walkthroughs, and conducting viewings. Lastly, an “action” button in the last column lets property owners easily select which agents make the cut.

At the bottom of the page, users will choose from two options: “I want to sell” or “I want to let”.

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2. Net an Agent for estate & letting agents

Estate & letting agents can sign up to Net an Agent to get vendor & seller leads.

Agents need to sign up to the platform and are then displayed in comparisons.

There is no listing fee. However on successful deals, agents must pay Net an Agent a commission. There are also pay per lead options.

Listing on comparison sites can be a great asset to your estate agency’s marketing. There’s no Google or Facebook ads you need to worry about and there’s usually flexibility to listings and subscriptions.

If you are an agent looking for seller & landlord leads, Rentround is the right place! Check out our agent sign up page for more information.

We take no commission from any successful deals you make and simply charge a monthly listing fee.

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3. Selling vs. Letting

Unlike some other online comparison websites that are geared specifically toward home sellers, such as GetAgent, Net an Agent can also help property investors and landlords find a letting agent to help with the rental process.

Let’s take a look at some of the key differences and resources available for both homeowners looking to sell or let.

Selling a Property

Under the website’s “selling” tab, homeowners are asked to enter details about themselves and the property. Property details include:

  • Postal code
  • Type of property
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Approximate value

Next, sellers are asked to provide a few personal details. Net an Agent assures all customers that their personal details are never shared nor compromised. This information includes:

  • First and last name
  • Contact number
  • Email address

After clicking the “Get your quotes” button at the bottom of the page, sellers will be contacted once Net an Agent finds suitable matches based on the entered criteria.

The basic property information is provided to local, eligible agents, however, personal information including the seller’s name, phone number, and email address is only shared if they request a valuation.

This prevents agents from spamming people who aren’t interested in their services.

Users are encouraged to select at least 3 agents. If they don’t, Net an Agent will automatically pass this information onto a maximum of 3 partner agents who will then make contact.

This is one downside to the website, considering if 3 agents don’t interest the seller, they’ll still be contacted by whatever agents Net an Agent chooses.

Letting a Property

The process for letting a property and finding a letting agent through Net an Agent works relatively the same, except some of the collected information is different. Home owners will start entering details about the property including the size and desired rent. The categories are as follows:

  • Postal code
  • Type of property
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Rent amount
  • Services requested

Similar to sellers requesting an estate agent quote, homeowners are asked for their name and contact information. The contact process is also the same. Homeowners are asked to choose the top 3 agents based on the results, but if they fail to do so, Net an Agent will send the information to their top 3 candidates.

Other Services

Net an Agent lets users select from a few tabs at the top of the page including:

  • Selling
  • Letting
  • How it works
  • Get a quote
  • Services

The services tab lists several tools including:

  • Agents by area
  • Estate agent fees
  • Compare estate agents
  • How to choose the best agent
  • How to rent out your property
  • Compare conveyancing
  • Buyers reports
  • Home removal firms

Each page offers different resources and information.

Agents by Area

On this page, homeowners can search agents based on their location using an A to Z list of local cities and towns. Sellers can also enter their postal code or address to generate results. This is especially useful for property owners looking to let a property that’s in a different location than they currently live.

Estate Agent Fees

For some property owners, price is everything. This tab lets sellers and landlords search agents strictly based on price.

This section of the website also provides useful information on what estate agents will charge to sell your house, including flat fees and percentages for both high-street and online agents.

Visitors on this page will also learn what these individual fees cover and the individual services that are available. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Valuation
  • Tips for staging
  • Photos & floorplans
  • Property descriptions
  • Viewings
  • Referencing
  • Listings on online portals
  • Sale boards
  • EPC (energy performance certificate)
  • Negotiating
  • Conveyancing proceedings
  • Exchange keys

Net an Agent also provides information about the key differences between high-street and online agents.

Compare Estate Agents

Net an Agent explains not only the importance of comparing agents but also what information the website uses to generate results. Net an Agent also claims to help homeowners save up to 33% on online agency fees. Net an Agent will compare the following:

  • Agent fees
  • What property portals they use
  • If the agent offers accompanied viewings
  • A closer look at the agent’s local knowledge and experience
  • Additional services the agent offers

Net an Agent also takes chemistry into account, including how well the agent and client get along. The end goal is to match clients with agents that not only fit their needs and budget but also their personalities.

How to Get an Estate Agent

This page of the website offers a few concrete tips on finding a reliable agent. These include:

  • Consider the cost and fees versus the sale price of the home
  • How long it takes a particular agent to sell similar homes in the area
  • Does the agent get the best possible price?

How to Rent Your House

For those new to the world of property management, Net an Agent also offers tips on how to successfully rent a property and find the right letting agent for the job. Things to consider are:

  • How to renovate or improve both the interior and exterior of the property
  • How to successfully screen potential tenants
  • Tenant management tips

While this process may sound easy, most landlords elicit the help of a letting agent with experience and knowledge about the rental process, referencing tenants, rent collection, and more.

Compare Conveyancing

Conveyancing is the transfer of a property’s legal title from one person to another. Sellers need to calculate conveyancing fees into their sale price and budget. Net an Agent has a tool that helps compare conveyancing fees and conveyancers to help sellers stay within their budget. This is done using a simple 4-step process:

  1. Choose a conveyancing type
  2. Enter property details
  3. Enter contact information
  4. Compare quotes

Similar to how the website helps compare estate and letting agents, it also helps compare local conveyancers. These professionals can also help homeowners obtain a mortgage or remortgage a property.

Home Buyers Reports

Net an Agent also helps sellers prepare all the necessary paperwork and information to successfully land a sale.

This includes home buyers reports and building surveys. Net an Agent has paired with Really Moving to prepare 4 survey quotes.

All sellers need to do is enter the property address and value.

House Removals

Another service offered by Net an Agent in collaboration with Really Moving is comparisons for home removal costs. Moving can be a daunting and stressful project. Net an Agent simplifies the process by finding and comparing the cost of up to 5 home removal companies. Sellers are asked to provide the following information:

  • Current property address
  • New property address
  • Estimated moving date
  • Any special instructions or additional information

This information, along with the seller’s name and contact information, is passed onto the 5 most suitable home removal companies who can then contact the seller directly with a quote and additional details. ‘

 

4. The Benefits of Using Net an Agent

With several online estate agent comparison websites and tools available, why choose Net an Agent?

Some of the benefits listed on the website are generic and apply to most other comparison websites as well since the main objective is the same – to find and compare local agents based on location, price, and services offered. Net an Agent lists these specific benefits on its website:

  • Saves homeowners time and money
  • Eliminates the need to negotiate over fees and pricing
  • Receive bespoke quotes tailored to the homeowner’s specific property
  • The website hand picks the best package based on the seller’s requirements
  • See estate and letting agents compared side-by-side
  • It’s free

Using the comparison tool is completely free for homeowners. Net an Agent makes its money by charging agents for successful leads.

Keep in mind, though, that although Net an Agent is charging its agents a fee, their terms state agents shouldn’t be increasing their prices as a result.

 

5. Net an Agent Reviews

One of the best ways to learn more about an online estate agent comparison company is to check out its online reviews.

Both current and former clients flock to the Internet to either rave about their experience or warn others not to bother. Here’s what reviewers have to say about Net an Agent.

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Positive Reviews

Let’s start with the brighter side of things and take a look at some of Net an Agent’s most positive reviews and feedback.

According to 303 reviews on Trustpilot, Net an Agent scores 3.7 out of 5 stars. While this isn’t great, it’s also not terrible. Their overall rating is listed as “average”. And here’s why.

Net an Agent’s positive reviews mostly surround the following points:

  • Quick and helpful responses from polite agents
  • Useful website with lots of tools and resources
  • Receive quotes quickly
  • Saved time researching local agents
  • Property owners can choose which services and tools to use
 

Among the positive responses were some minor complaints. Most surrounded how many of the agents responded and how professional and helpful their services were. Given that Net an Agent is an agent comparison website designed to match homeowners with the best agent, these reviews are a bit concerning.

Negative Reviews

An average of 6% of Net an Agent’s online reviews on Trustpilot were negative. Here’s what dissatisfied customers had to say.

  • An influx of spam and junk emails
  • Spam phone calls and contact from agents despite privacy reassurance on the website
  • Dispute over the fees listed on the website (some agents claimed they never agreed to work for such a low price)
  • An outdated and “clunky” website that’s difficult to navigate
  • Not free (some users claim agents pass the fees charged by Net an Agent onto them)

Most of these complaints seem to be isolated incidents. Additionally, the influx of emails and phone calls may be based on users not reading the fine print on Net an Agent’s website which explains that they will contact multiple agents even if the user doesn’t select any.

 

6. Net an Agent: Tools for Sellers and Landlords

Net an Agent offers a wide range of tools for homeowners looking to sell or let their property. Unfortunately, many users complain the website’s confusing and outdated layout makes it difficult to find what you need. In addition, if you simply want to use the website to get an idea of services and fees, you may still receive contact offers from agents looking to do business.

Rentround offers similar comparison tools and resources. Click here to learn more about how it works so you can decide which comparison website best fits your needs.

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