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The long road to finding your new home used to start with a trip to the local estate agent.
This sometimes meant that you would be inundated with property details of dubious relevance, resulting in a mountain of wasted paper!
Nowadays it's more effective to register with agents online. This can be done either directly with the agent or through property search companies such as rightmove or primelocation.
Registering online enables you to be more specific about the property you’re looking for and you can normally update you’re profile and requirements instantaneously.
To increase your chances of finding the right home, try registering with more than one property site. Many agents will only list their property with one search company, for example an agent may use primelocation and not rightmove.
By using the internet to register with an agent, you should receive automatic updates via email of anything new to the market so you shouldn't miss that special home.
Many local newspapers have a property section, so find out which is the most popular in the area.
Spend some time looking through the property pages including the private adverts and If the paper is published once a week make sure you get hold of the paper the day its published.
Don’t assume every property is automatically uploaded to the Internet, sometimes estate agents rely on third parties to update their websites, and this can take a few days.
Phoning estate agents on a regular basis will insure you know which new properties are about to become available even before they’re advertised. If you establish a good relationship with the agents they will normally help you be among the first to view.