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Useful Professional and Trade Organisations. 

 

Association of British Insurers.  

The trade Association for the UK insurance industry.   

http://www.abi.org.uk/

 

Association of Relocation Agents. 

The professional body for the relocation industry in the UK and Ireland.

http://arp-relocation.com/

 

Citizens Advice Bureau. 

They offer free and confidential independent advice on a range of issues for people living in England and Wales.

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

 

Council for Licensed Conveyancers. 

They will be able to provide details of licensed conveyancers in the country.

http://www.conveyancer.org.uk/

 

Council of Mortgage Lenders. 

The trade association for mortgage lenders in the UK.

http://www.cml.org.uk/cml/home

 

Federation of Master Builders. 

The trade association for the construction industry in the UK.

http://www.fmb.org.uk/

 

Law Society of England and Wales.  

They provide advice on choosing and using solicitors in England and Wales.

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/home.law

 

National Association of Estate Agents. 

The largest professional body in the UK. It has over 100,000 members who are bound by a professional code of conduct.

http://www.naea.co.uk/

 

Ombudsman For Estate Agents. 

They provide independent and impartial facility for the resolution of complaints between members of the public and those that act as agents for buying and selling residential property.

 http://www.oea.co.uk/

 

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. 

The professional body that represents, regulates and promotes chartered surveyors.

http://www.rics.org/

 

 

Useful Government Agencies.

Department for Children, Schools and Families. 

The site provides useful information on school performance tables across the country.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/

 

Environmental Agency. 

Provides information on air land and water quality for areas across the country.

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

 

There are a lot of estate agents who state that they always look after your best interest but before dealing with any ensure that you check out their credentials and if you have any doubts contact them personally.

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In order to ensure that you have a greater chance of finding your ideal property it will be in your best interest to register with as many estate agents as possible in the locality or surrounding area in which you are looking to buy your ideal home.

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If the estate agent that you have chosen to help find your ideal home also has a website it will be a good idea to also register for any email updates. Registering for email updates will ensure that you are alerted whenever a property that meets your requirements becomes available. This will save you time of having to trawl through details of many unsuitable properties.

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Choosing an estate agent based on opening hours is also considered as good practise in the sense that you might want to seek one that offers flexibility and can work around your busy schedule. If you find your ideal home and the estate agent of your choice does not open or close offices at a suitable time for you that will be not good.

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Driving around the area which you are also looking to buy your home is also a good idea. When driving around make sure that you look out for " For Sale and Sold" boards this information can be used to find out which estate agents have prominence in your desired area. If you see an estate agent that seems to have prominence in a locality you might want to find out more about the company and contact them in order to help you with finding your ideal property.