A: Sourcing and instructing an agent to sell your property is not something that should be taken lightly.

Instructing the right agent could mean the difference between achieving the right price for your property within a reasonable time frame for a reasonable fee and not doing so.

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If you get this wrong the results can be very damaging – if a property reasonably quickly, it will definitely lose its momentum and be stuck on the market for a long period of time with little or no interest.

A professional agent that is familiar with their market will price the property to sell.

Then, if for some reason the property is not selling they will take action, whether that involves a price reduction or a switch in marketing as they will know the importance of being proactive in a competitive market.

To choose an agent, firstly look for a regulated one – a member of National Association of Estate Agents. All its members are qualified professionals and must follow strict rules of conduct.

If you go to naea.co.uk you can use its Find An Agent tool to find a leading Estate Agent in your area. Look for an agent that has been around for some time.