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Directory of house seller resources

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Our directory of house seller resources brings you the "best of the UK web" when it comes to selling your house.

Many of the sites listed offer free information or advice. Our our selection is geared towards quality and those of you who want to sell your house fast.

Would you like to see a site listed here?

If your site or a site you have used offers good quality information of interest to house sellers in the UK please contact us. We're especially keen to find more Scottish house seller resources to include. We will consider requests on a case by case basis but will reply to all requests.

 

Free debt, housing or financial advice

We regularly discuss the importance of arming yourself with good quality information. All the sites in this section of the directory have something to offer house sellers facing financial or housing difficulties. Or simply want "plain English" guides to various aspects of  home ownership.

AdviceguideThe online service from Citizens' Advice. It offers an extensive range of fact sheets on debt, finance and mortgage issues among others. Includes specific information for those living in Scotland.

Citizens Advice You can search for your nearest branch.

Credit Action - National money education charity. Offers free helpline and other resources for those with debt or money worries.

Help the Aged Campaigns on the needs of older people. Offers financial and benefits advice. Also offers an equity release product.

National Debtline Specialist confidential information and advice on debt-related issues.

Shelter The best resource for housing-related information bar none. Provides specific information on Scotland.

The Consumer Credit Counselling Service Specialist debt and budgeting advice.

The UK Insolvency Helpline Comprehensive advice on all debt and insolvency issues.

Transact - The national forum of financial inclusion. Able to access free legal help for homeowners facing repossession.

 

Home Information Packs (HIPS)

Now required throughout England and Wales on properties with three or more bedrooms (as of 10 September 2007 for three bedroom properties) if you're selling your house on the open market. You have a choice. You can either put the pack together yourself or pay a third party to do it for you. Some estate agents offer this service or you can find a specialist provider.

HIPS Direct Provider of Home Information Packs. Ideal if you don't want to do it yourself.

Home Information Packs The Government's site on Home Information Packs.

Home Information Pack Kit  Resources to help you save money (but probably not time) by showing you how to put together your own Home Information Pack

Hipyourproperty.com   Budget provider of HIPS. Very fast delivery.

Home Reports

Home reports are now a requirement if you are selling property in Scotland. Your solicitor can probably suggest a provider. However if you're looking specifically at a low cost option the following sites might be useful. We've not used them but they do appear to offer good value.

Survey Scotland A firm of chartered surveyors with a network of offices across Scotland offering good value Home Reports and EPCs.

Home Report Scotland Home Reports and EPCs offered  by the property services group that includes e.serv.

 

Government

Government resources are often over-looked. Which is a shame as the sites are well-laid out and comprehensive.

Consumer Direct  No nonsense, straightforward advice from a service supported by the Office of Fair Trading.

Directgov Portal of public services information and services. In the Home and Communities section you'll find information on estate agents.

MoneyScotland -Government web site dedicated to providing information on Scotland's Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS)

OFT The website for the Office of  Fair Trading. Publishes important alerts on consumer issues. Good source of UK legislation.

The Financial Services Authority The regulator of all financial services in the UK. Also regulator of  rent back services as of 2009.

 

Buying and selling property

When it comes to buying and selling property, there is no shortage of resources on offer. However, there is a shortage of sites offering either great information or a brilliant product/service. These resources have been hand-picked for our directory.

Estate Angels Find estate agents anywhere in the UK.

1/2% - Halfapercent (London Online Estate Agents The best known of the online estate agents. Has  a London focus.

Home Comprehensive property site. You can also sell your property privately on this site.

Houseladder Well-rated private sale website.

LandlordZONE®  The UK's most comprehensive resource for landlords.

MyKeys Well-organised private house sale website shows you how to sell your home privately.

Open Directory UK property sites in the highly-rated Open Directory

Property Broker Well-designed site for private sellers in London and the Home Counties. Very easy to use.

Rightmove  The UK's leading source of  property offered by estate agents. It's also useful for assessing and comparing asking prices.

Scottish Law Online Covers all aspects of buying and selling property in Scotland.  Use the directory to find Scottish estate agents and solicitors.

Sell House Online Try selling your house, home or property through an online estate agent for under £500. Well that's what regional online agent the House Network promises.

The Advisory- UK Consumer Advice An improved resource offering information on the different ways to sell property quickly.

UK Property for sale Houses, apartments and other  properties for sale in the UK.

Yahoo Directory Some of the property sites in the Yahoo Directory

 

Estate agents - regulation

Resources focused on UK estate agents and their regulation rather than individual agents.

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) A UK professional body for estate agents. Promotes good practice.

The Ombudsman for Estate Agents (OEA) The ombudsman responsible for resolving complaints between people who buy, sell or let property and the agents they deal with.

 

Mortgages and property finance

Mortgage and house finance resources. Also see the sources of free financial advice given above.

MoneySavingExpert The UK's favourite money-related website. Good quality articles and forums.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders Useful site if you are interested to see how the UK mortgage industry thinks and what issues are of concern to them.

This Is Money Financial web site from the publishers of the Daily Mail.

 

House prices

Essential sites covering house prices. Price-related house seller resources are changing all the time. It was only recently, that Hometrack added Scottish data to its system but this is not yet available to the public (see house valuations).

Glasgow Solicitors' Property Centre Free house prices for the West of Scotland from 2000.

HousePriceScotland House price information and title search across Scotland. Not free.

Land Registry The most comprehensive source of UK house price information covering England and Wales. You can also order plans, ownership information and more.

Mouseprice Very useful house price site. Offers market analysis not available elsewhere.

Nethouseprices UK House prices with some unique features and you don't have to register. Probably the easiest house price site to navigate.

Our Property  UK House prices. You do need to register. Also a useful source of information on local property professionals. Includes Scottish prices.

Registers of Scotland Government run service, offering paid-for searches by post code or by street, district or town and free statistics.

 

House valuations

Every house seller's kitbag should include some information on house valuations. This is why we wanted to include these in our directory. This is even more important if you're looking for a quick house sale.

Hometrack House price reports and widely respected source of  house valuation reports for individual properties in England and Wales. Works well for most properties. Scottish data now being added - only currently available to the trade/property professionals.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Useful guides on buying and selling property. Also extensive, but quite technical information on various aspects of house valuation.

Zoopla Useful addition to the house price information resources and importantly offers free valuation information. Mostly OK for ballpark valuations though best if base price is recent and you know the property being valued.

 

Business and credit ratings

These sites allow you to check out the financial history of companies and their directors..or your own credit history. If you have every had financial difficulties it is worth monitoring your own credit history, especially if you intend to apply for loans or mortgages.

Duport - Company information direct from Companies House including company credit and director reports

Experian - Find out how credit worthy you are by accessing your own credit report

Equifax Another source of online credit reports.

 

Related services

This section of our directory is intended to cover companies offering goods and services which don't fit elsewhere but may nevertheless be useful to house sellers in the UK. As with our other sections, the emphasis is on sites which offer useful information in addition to their products or services.
 

House Clearance UK Abacus House Clearance Specialists provide a "one stop shop" property cleaning and clearing service. The results are impressive - the before and after pictures speak for themselves.

UK House Clearance Association - The first association of its kind. Promotes excellence & customer satisfaction within the UK house clearance industry.

My Local Van Hire UK Independent van hire information for the UK including van rental guides and help for first time renters. This site is a cut above what you'd expect as it also offers a range of van hire guides.

 

International

Real Estate Directory - Worldwide directory of real estate companies. The site also has UK property buyers' and sellers' guides.
 

Scotland

ASPC - Property Search and Real Estate throughout Aberdeenshire Aberdeenshire solicitors' property centre.

ESPC - Edinburgh property for sale or rent Edinburgh solicitors' property web site

Glasgow Solicitors' Property Centre Free house prices for the West of Scotland from 2000. Has the best search function of all the solicitors' property centres.

HousePriceScotland House price information and title search across Scotland. Not free.

HSPC Highland solicitor's property centre featuring properties for sale and rent in Highlands, Scotland

MoneyScotland -Government web site dedicated to providing information on Scotland's Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS)

National Mortgage to Rent scheme A mortgage rescue service from Communities Scotland, a government body, designed to help homeowners in Scotland threatened by repossession.

Registers of Scotland Government run service, offering paid-for searches by post code or by street, district or town and free statistics.

Scotlinks Scotland Directory and Scottish Search Engine Comprehensive Scottish directory.

Scottish Law Online Covers all aspects of buying and selling property in Scotland.  Use the directory to find Scottish estate agents and solicitors.

TSPC Tayside solicitor's property centre

 

Last Updated March 2010

 



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