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The 7 steps usually involved in the sale of a property if you use an estate agent:

1. Valuation
Having an estate agent value what your home is worth

2. Preliminaries
Where an estate agent takes full property details and prepares an HIP (Home Information Pack)

3. Marketing
A good estate agent will market your home on web sites, in print and in their branches

4. Negotiating
The agent will keep you informed of offers made by prospective buyers

5. Conveyancing
This involves surveys and the handling of the legal documents by a solicitor

6. Sales progression
The best estate agents will ensure that things move along swiftly and smoothly and that you are kept informed

7. Completion
When ownership of the property passes over

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