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Property: The estate agent advice you should avoid when moving home – expert warning

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Be careful of choosing the estate agent who gave you the highest valuation.

“This is often a tactic used to win your business, and is not necessarily based on the true market value.

“Ask the agent to provide you with similar properties to yours that have sold for that price.

“If you go on the market with an unrealistic asking price it may leave you on the market for longer, which will delay your move.

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If the valuation given to the property seems too good to be true, it probably is, the expert said.

Listing a property at an unrealistic price could actually put sellers off and slow down the process.

Those looking to move should double check what their property is worth before listing for a high price.

Hiring a solicitor

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When looking for a solicitor, the expert said sellers should also be careful when taking estate agent recommendations.

Some property owners could sign up with an estate agent who is not available during the selling process.

He continued: “Ask who will be managing the sale, as the agent who has impressed you is not always the one who will sell your home.

“Some agents disappear once your home is under offer, so ask whether they offer sales progression as this will be of great value further down the line.”

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