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  • The real cost of using a real estate agent to find a property

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    Real Estate Agents in Bucharest: a helping hand or a source of frustration?

    I read on many so called help sites that all agents, or the majority should be avoided or simply cheat client’s, or provide no added value. They go on to advise people to go direct to the advertising sites such as OLX. Tocmai etc and to deal with owners directly.

    I speak as an expat myself, a professional landlord with a personal property portfolio, a property manager for over 6m euros of other people’s property and in addition, as a manger of agents in this domain.

    Yes, some agents, and in particular in Bucharest, do indeed deserve to be avoided. But so do some landlords and so do tome tenants.



    Let us speak about landlords.


    When a property owner advertises directly, they may be doing so without any advice on how much to charge for his offering, nor what quality level to provide, not what should be included in the contract.

    Therefore renting from an ill-advised landlord can leave a tenant paying too much, with a sub-standard property and perhaps over-priced. You might also reasonably expect that your contract is not as meaningful as you might require and your rights are diminished. In fact the risk of not getting value for money can be many times higher when you do not use a professional broker.

    What about the extortionate fee? I hear you ask.

    I can tell you that the running costs of a typical rental department are responsible for a significant part of any commission charged. The lowest budget a rental agent can operate on exceeds 1000 euros for a one man team. Also consider, that agents usually try to reduce the landlords requested rent to a fair market value. 10% reductions are normal. Sometimes 25% reductions are sought by agents. Tenants who go direct rarely feel comfortable to seek such a reduction.

    Example, if a tenant pays 350e where an agent might have negotiated down to 300 for them, they are paying 600e per year more and have only saved 150e in agent fees, plus they still suffer the potential risks above.

    If a rental property is say, 600e per month, and a landlord is just 10% overpriced, the tenant will pay 720e too much per year, which is more than double the 300e agent fee they saved.

    They higher the rent, the bigger the loss. I give below 3 examples of apartments that were rented by us, on behalf of owners. The listed value it sh price the owner wanted.

    All of these apartments are the cheapest and best of their kind in their respective buildings to the best of my knowledge. I welcome any challenge for someone to send me photos of a better equipped apartment for less than these values.

    <a href="" rel="noffolow" target="_blank" >One bedroom apartment for rent, Greenfield Residence</a> – We rented one identical to this for 330 euros fully furnished. Annual saving over requested price, 480e. Agent fee, 165e.

    <a href="" rel="noffolow" target="_blank" >Spacious studio, Greenfield residential complex</a> – Rented for 200e, saving 300e per year, agent fee 100e.

    <a href="" rel="noffolow" target="_blank" >Fully furnished executive studio in Citylights Pipera</a> – rented for 250e, annual saving of 480e per year, agent fee 125e.

    So as you can see, in all 3 examples here the saving over not using an agent is significant. The quality level is are very high, and the tenants’ rights are very protected.

    Sfat scris de Damian Galvin - Manager de agentie, White Mountain Property

    Postat în 11.09.2014 12:22:24. Vezi pagina lui Damian Galvin din Bucuresti

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