The Modern Estate Agent
That Buyers & Sellers Trust
Hundreds of homeowners trusted us to sell their homes
and were pleased with the outcome. Don’t just take our word for it.
Read some of our 5 Star Google reviews:
Always there for us, even after hours and weekends
Having now used James twice for sales of our properties we continue to be amazed at the level of service and attention to detail. In both cases high offers were achieved and sales completed with ease. James is really inspiring and easy the tip to get along with, photos show properties to their best advantage and after sales service is superb. Couldn’t recommend more highly.
Louise, North Leeds
I would highly recommend James Black Homes
I would highly recommend James Black Homes. Their dedication and service in selling our home was outstanding. We were kept in touch with how the sale was progressing at all times, and James was always available to answer any queries we had. It really felt like a partnership and I would have no hesitation in using them again.
Stop looking for other agents, you’ve found the best there is
After buying and selling several houses, we have finally found our estate agent! We can’t recommend James highly enough. The only estate agent I have ever met that I actually believe sold our house. His availability to both us as clients and the buyers was exceptional. Stop looking for other agents, you’ve found the best there is.
£225,000321A most spacious three bedroom two bathroom apartment extending to nearly 1100 sq ft with secure parking, set within this much sought after and established residential location. Located in a peaceful stetting, yet within walking distance of numerous first class amenities. Early viewing strongly recom...
£300,000221An idyllically located mill conversion, revealing a spacious second floor apartment with truly magnificent views over the River Wharfe and weir. Apartments in this exclusive setting are rarely available for sale, within easy walking distance of superb amenities in Boston Spa. NO ONWARD CHAIN.
£137,500111ATTENTION INVESTORS - FREEHOLD APARTMENT. For sale with NO ONWARD CHAIN are three, superbly positioned apartments providing immediate access into Yorks vibrant city centre with an abundance of first-class amenities; all within level walking distance. Personal viewing strongly recommended.
We are proud to be members of both ‘The Property Ombudsman’ and the ‘NAEA’ striving to offer the best possible service.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are highly competitive. Most agents try to charge between 1% and 1.5% plus Vat, plus extras. This is why we offer 3 different packages to suit your home and your requirements.
James Black Homes Bronze
A competitive online service but with the assurance you are listing your home at the right value via proficient local knowledge. Expert advice to make sure you are representing your home in the best possible light.
James Black Homes Silver
We are half the price of standard agency fees like for like but not half the service. You already know other agents don’t like to disclose their fee structure. This package is all you need to maximise the value achieved for your home; because we understand every penny counts. We will be on hand from the start 7 days a week.
James Black Homes Gold
How many times have you had your home valued and never heard from the valuer again? No other agent offers this quality of marketing, this level of personal service and this level of marketing exposure to maximise your value.
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The vast majority of estate agents never publish their fees. Why? Because they charge what they can get away with. If they can achieve a higher fee than your neighbour is paying, then they will. This is how estate agency has been run for the last 50 years.
We believe that this is wrong. So we have decided to be one of the very few UK estate agents to publish our fees. We also offer 3 simple service options so you can choose which service is right for you. From a simple listing online for a fixed fee, to a full bespoke personal concierge style service, we have a structure which will suit you.
Not at all. We’re competitive with others and in many cases cheaper than the high street. Our service is in line with other online selling and letting agents. However, with us you get the added knowledge that we have a real local expert on hand to help when needed.
Our Standard service is more competitive than most other agents. You will have seen that the vast majority of agents don’t advertise their fees anywhere. However, the industry average is 1.5%. We beat that hands down. A personal service for a sensible fee.
Our premium service is unique. No other agent delivers this quality of marketing, this standard of personal service, and this level of expertise. However, our fee for this is still the same as most agents charge for their basic service. All in all, we believe we offer a higher level of service than a standard high street or online agent, but with sensible fees.
The answer is simple. You don’t need them anymore. We are a hybrid agency that has offices but not on the high street. There is no longer a requirement to have such large overheads, we can therefore pass this cost saving to you; the client.
90% of people now search online for a property (source: rightmove). It is impossible to envisage someone looking for a property to buy and not look on one of the main UK portals like rightmove©
Here’s a few other reasons why there is no longer a need for an office on the high street:
- Many more people now view properties in the evenings and at weekends. This is when most estate agents are closed. But we can operate just as effectively from our hub or remotely out of office hours, late in to the evening and on weekends. Therefore, we can be operational 7 days a week without needing to have front of office staff or receptionists.
- Estate agents will tell you that a network of offices attracts more buyers. Not the case. Everyone who searches online will call or email about a property regardless of which agent is marketing that home.
- Offices within companies never speak to each other. The manager of one office is in competition with the neighbouring branches and for that reason will rarely share buyers or sellers.
- A lot of agencies are ‘hidden’ franchises that you may not be aware of. They look after themselves at the detriment of the client.
- You don’t need to visit an office to sell a property. We conduct everything face to face at a location of your choice.
There are on average 14 estate agents for every location in the UK. They all promise to deliver. But few do. The industry has a terrible reputation for laziness, secrecy and underhand tactics. We’re not like other estate agents. We’re different.
We operate a unique business model that works. We offer 3 levels of service to suit everyone. We have won a major UK award for every year we have been trading. Our staff are highly skilled, highly trained and highly motivated. We operate under 5 core values; personal relationships, exceptional service, bespoke marketing, transparency and honesty, and a commitment to innovation. Read more about us.
It all depends on how many homes are involved in the chain. It can be as quick as 6-8 weeks but with lending criteria being more stringent than ever before expect 10 weeks just to be safe. If there are numerous properties involved in the sale, this can slow things down dramatically and there is always that chance it may fall through. So, make sure you have the right agent and the right solicitor to minimise any potential risks.
Every time. They are best placed to value your home, understand the local market and know what buyers are looking for. All this leads to maximising the amount of money you achieve for your property.
With a rapidly growing population and interest rates remaining at an all-time low the forecasts for the coming years are positive. In the past, we have seen sudden rises and falls in values leading to some uncertainty but we are finally in a stable market allowing us to make accurate predictions.
FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR PROPERTY IS WORTH
Our solutions are designed to offer as much or as little support as you desire.
Everyone is different. Not everyone requires the same level of service. That’s why at James Black Homes, we’ll work with you to help you decide what level of service you need. Whether you’re selling or buying, we’re always on hand to answer your questions and keep you posted. Everything we do is transparent and detailed upfront, so you know where you are and what to expect.
Tired of hidden charges? We offer three simple levels of service and you simply select which is best for you, Bronze, Silver or Gold. From a simple fixed fee listing only option to a concierge style experience, the choice is yours.
Fed up of speaking to a different person every time you call an estate agent? All of our service options offer a single point of contact throughout.
Why use James Black Homes
Local Property Specialists.
Unrivalled Area Knowledge.
Full Support, 7 Days a Week.
Flexible Packages Available.
Super Transparent Pricing.
You Choose the Levels of Service you Require.
Single Point of Contact at all Times.
Communication at Time to Suit You, Not Us.
Members of the UK’s Most Recognised Professional Bodies.