Why We Operate on a No Sale No Fee Commission Structure

Posted: 28th August 2017

As highlighted recently in our blog, at Nicol Estate Agents we are proud to continue serving the East Renfrewshire property market with a proven, traditional business model we know works including a prominent high street presence and an experienced local team, as well as a NO SALE NO FEE commission structure, rather than an ‘upfront fee’ arrangement paid whether you sell or not!

With our 100 years of combined experience on the local property market we can be sure that any agent that charges an ‘upfront fixed fee’ simply cannot be as incentivised or motivated to sell your home for the best possible price, compared to an experienced Estate Agent, like ourselves,  who has to sell your home to be paid their fee!

That’s why at Nicol Estate Agents, we know we will work harder to sell for you at the highest possible price.

So, why do we believe a commission based model works in the best interest of our clients?

  • At Nicol Estate Agents we are very motivated to market your home in the best possible light with bespoke brochures and professional photography.We also ensure that your property has a strong online and media presence and that every sales opportunity is explored and utilised. It is in both our best interests, as we don’t get paid our sales fee unless your home sells.
  • We are also motivated to sell your home for the best possible price, as our commission depends on the final value of the transaction.
  • At Nicol Estate Agents we have the resources, an extensive qualified database and an excellent sales team to provide advice, guidance, feedback and sales support throughout your sales campaign until conclusion.

In order to generate the most interest in your home and achieve the best possible price, our experienced team and our highly experienced negotiators will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure a successful sale. This is a highly refined process we’ve perfected over the years – and it works to the delight of our clients and at no extra cost to them.

“We cannot recommend this estate agent highly enough. Their professionalism and efficiency was second to none and the staffs were always friendly and nothing too much trouble. They made the whole experience of house selling a positive one and I would not hesitate to use them again. Overall a five star service from a five star company”

Anthony Jacob, home seller.

Douglas Nicol, Director at Nicol Estate Agents comments: “We are an owner operated business, our flexibility and responsiveness is unparalleled and cannot be matched by corporate organisations (who’s focus is often more on financial services) or ‘on-line agents’, as we operate as a family business. We are a tightly knit, highly skilled team with one and only goal: to obtain the best possible offer for your home.

Any agent who has been paid a fee upfront (a fee paid regardless if they sell or not) will not be as motivated as us. At Nicol Estate Agents we work on the basis of a No Sale No Fee commission, to obtain the best price for your home. In our many years of working within the property industry, we have seen that what is perceived as ‘short term’ savings with an upfront cheap sale fee package, can quickly turn into a financial loss or complete disappointment when the house sale campaign fails to raise interest.” Douglas added.

At Nicol Estate Agents we believe that our people and our experience sells homes and that our personal approach achieves results.

Moving home is not complicated but it can be daunting, as your home is one of the largest investments you will ever make. Although the Internet has the changed the world, buying and selling property is a very people oriented business and good communication is essential for a successful move. With over 100 years’ combined experience, an extensive qualified database of home buyers, proactive marketing and a proven track record of success, our knowledgeable and experienced sales team live locally and are available 7 days a week for help and advice.

At Nicol Estate Agents we value quality over quantity and there is no one-size fits all policy. We consider every home and every seller individually.

Nicol Estate Agents focus solely on residential sales and are members of the National Association of Estate Agents and The Property Ombudsman. Simply put, we love what we do. We value the great relationships we have built with our clients over the years and the reputation we have gained for great customer service.

So if you want an Estate Agent that puts you at the heart of their business, contact our Newton Mearns and Clarkston teams today.


Whatever your reason for moving; whether it's for extra space, to downsize or you may simply have found your dream home, Nicol can help. Our knowledge of the local property market helps us develop a marketing plan that's right for you and your property.
We want our clients to be delighted with the service we provide. Listening to your needs and understanding your requirements is our starting point. To find out more about our approach to selling homes, download our comprehensive Guide to Selling your Property here.
If you are planning on selling your home, contact Nicol Estate Agents today for an appraisal of your property. Our Managing Director Douglas Nicol and Estate Agent and Valuer Daniel Cohen carry out hundreds of market appraisals every year, giving them an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the property market in Glasgow, from city centre apartments to family homes and building plots. We will talk to you about the property market in your area, compare sales evidence, local demand for similar properties, outline our tailored marketing plan and provide details of our sales support strategy right through to completion.