There are myriad online tools to inform and aid your property sale and / or purchase. While there is no substitute for an in-person valuation from a local estate agent, there are now several websites that enable you to see the price for which properties have previously sold. The Land Registry is the government department which oversees conveyancing and the registration of title, and it holds a wealth of information on property transactions, however, they charge a fee for copies of title plans and to find the price last paid.
There are also, however, numerous other websites that provide information on the price for which a property last sold for free, including:
There are numerous “Property Portals” – websites which collate information on properties for sale from multiple estate agents. These allow you to search a geographical area for a particular type of property, and see results from all estate agents that subscribe to that portal.
To find more general information on a particular area, its amenities, schools, residents and any planned building work, look at:
School League Tables
And finally, once you’ve identified the property you wish to buy, and need to get a solicitor and survey organised, check out the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ website and The Law Society’s website for information on and contact details for local registered surveyors and solicitors.