There are many different reasons why people put their property on the market. Usually, it is to move up the housing ladder to a larger property to cater for a growing family. It could be a job move or family reasons such as death, divorce or separation - or it could simply be a matter of wanting a different lifestyle in another part of the country.
Over the past 25 years, the estate agency profession has been tarnished with a reputation of an industry staffed by well-intentioned people who don't do very much but charge an awfully high fee for the privilege. On the whole, this reputation is largely unfounded and in reality, could not be further from the truth.
They may have sounded like a good idea, but Home Information Packs took too long to implement, increased bureaucracy and costs for vendors and proved horribly unpopular. It is estimated that £1 million a day is wasted on aborted property transactions, but for the moment the coalition government has shied from an attempt to regulate this very grey area of the property buying process.