Buying or selling? Why you should be on your estate agent’s “hotlist” | General

You may have heard about an estate agent’s “hotlist” and may wonder if such a thing exists.It does indeed exist, and you really want to be on it.

When an agent lists a new property, they are not wanting to necessarily do fifty viewings, spend copious amounts of money on marketing and even more importantly waste lots of time.

Property portals and social media are cluttered with property listings, so the “hotlist” is becoming important to both buyers and sellers.

If you are buying

A regular client recently called Mr White about a property listed as they wanted to see it. Unfortunately, the branch had already secured a buyer. In reality the client needed to sell their current property to buy and their property was not even on the market. The client also seldom returned calls, often cancelled appointments at the last minute and even suggested once they were “just browsing”.

Even in a hot buyer’s market, properties often get offers even before the marketing goes live. For a buyer, being on an agent’s “hotlist” means they are notified the instant a new listing which meets their needs comes onto the market. As a serious buyer this means you do not lose out if a property in an area or complex that you have your eye on comes onto the market. There is nothing worse that spotting a property only to see that it is already under offer. Professional agents go to their best qualified and most serious buyers first.



These buyers will get the first call. To get onto the list, start by being serious about buying as the “hotlist” is all about buyers who are ready to put in an offer on the right property. He advises that buyers should be realistic and clear about what they need, or are looking for, including your price parameters. If you have a property to sell, it should already be on the market. Be sure to respond to the agent, turn up for appointments on time and importantly, have your finances already in place with either a deposit available, a bond approval or agreement in principle signed.

If you are selling

A “hotlist” property starts with a sole mandate as the agent will focus all their efforts on marketing and selling your property.

When you sign a sole mandate it usually triggers a number of marketing activities. Apart from listing it on the agency website and the various property portals, the agent will immediately notify their “hotlist” of buyers and add the listing to their hot property email blasts.

A hot property should also be priced correctly from the get-go. Research shows that properties attract the highest interest during the first month of listing. Correctly priced sole mandate properties sell faster and for higher compared to market average.

A property becomes stale if it sits on the market for too long. Worse, the seller may need to reduce the price to reignite interest, but it is unlikely to be a “hotlist” property unless the price drop makes it an attractive proposition for buyers. A “hotlist” property can also be a new listing of some interest such as a property which rarely comes onto the market, a sought-after complex or area or a home with rare and exclusive features. The agent will immediately identify such a property and include it on the “hotlist” to ensure it gets maximum exposure.


Courtesy of PrivateProperty | SEEFF Graham White, Tiaan Pretorious




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