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Uk Government Publishes Home Buying and Selling Guides for Property Market

The Government’s latest initiative on the property front comes with the publication of two ‘go-to’ ‘how-to’ guides, targeting home buyers and sellers in England and Wales.

Included in the ‘How to Sell’ guide, which at 18 pages, unsurprisingly, does not delve particularly deeply into how to sell your property.  The content comes across as rather simplistic but does offer some more insightful advice in parts.

The great agent debate high street versus online agents

It touches on a range of subjects and references the choices available to sellers between the traditional high street agent and the evolving online option, suggesting:

“You might want to have an estate agent that you can meet face-to-face or it might be more important that you benefit from the cheaper costs of an online agency.”

The ‘How to Sell’ publication does not explain why a seller should be mindful of what they are paying and what that includes.

It gives a considerable amount of time to the importance of the EPC grading and there are cautionary and topical alerts about fraud, referrals and sole selling rights.

EPC comes out on top

The ‘How to Buy’ leaflet includes standard information about the conveyancing process, more on EPC’s, but aspects are rather basic covering, considering your budget, affordability and basic accommodation requirements.

CEO of NAEA Propertymark Mark Hayward said: “These guides will be a very helpful source of information to consumers in understanding the house-buying and selling process. Arming consumers with the right sorts of questions to ask will make them much more informed and the process easier in the longer term.”

Check out the guides here


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