I have also heard that Polish people don't like to use estate agents,
Who the hell likes to use agents - I have said many times on this site that I try to always be very positive about everything.
well o.k not everything - I hate property agents -
I make no bones about it, as a group they are in the majority dishonest money grabbing greedy, devious, liars e.t.c. e.t.c. i could use lots more stronger words but i would like to retain my lady like composure. In all countries of the world, no one country is any worse than any other, actually maybe the Irish agents are the worst because of the area of inflated valuations, hence alot of the current banking crisis. It will be interesting what the valuers appointed by the irish government to value all the crisis property will be doing.
Poles don't want to pay money for nothing and sometimes when you are buying the agents fee is money for nothing. However if a good agent with all the lovely characteristics I outlined above is involved in the sale, you may get more money, my advice is a combination of the two, if you speak polish put a sign on your land and a phone number and see what happens, tell the agent you deal with that you are doing it too. However if you don't live here then they may take your sign down, advertise it on line Allegro is good.
In relation to the agents commission - they will all tell you its a standard 3% - total horse manure - NEGOTIATE - they are getting commission both sides.
I could tell you stories of deviousiousity in ireland and poland that would scare you, many agents will buy a good deal themselves and still charge you commission and not take valid higher offers.
If you get a valuation hire a company that you can trust -
Savilles - cover the whole of poland, but they aint cheap -
This is probably the one I trust the most but your valuation will be expensive, but a proper valuation. If you want to save money contact a bank in the local area of your land and ask them to recommend a valuer, this is good because they won't take risk and you will get the number of someone who you can trust thats local and will give you the real value.
Contary to what I say there is always honest people everywhere, the problem is that the really honest people are always busy with repeat business so not out touting business and the people who you find easily who speak good english and talk everything up are usually the people to really avoid. beware of the really hot girl who speaks english and is sooooo nice - she is wall paper and used to lull you into a false sense of security, if I had a euro for every Irishman who has fallen for that trap I would have at least a nice two week holiday for myself. These ladies couldn't organise a pissup in a brewery and are usually doing their nails in the office, one friend made a surprise visit to the city he bought an apartment and was ringing such a lady who sold him an apartment, she was ignoring his calls, when he got to outside the office, he could see her and she could not see him, he was calling she wasn't answering, boy she she get a fright when he walked through the door - BUSTED!!!
Be wise is all I'm saying, its a crazy business so proceed with extreem caution!!!!
good luck with your sale.