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A website allowing people in England and Wales to compare the performance of estate agents has now ‘gone live’.

Estateagent4me.co.uk claims it can identify the country’s best-performing agents based on criteria including sale price achieved compared to asking price, the number of properties actually sold, and speed of sale.

The fastest agents for selling were Lawson Rose, Southsea, and Leaders in nearby Waterlooville (both eight days).

The website says the three agents that were consistently able to secure the highest amount over asking price over the past six months are all in London.

The Rotherhithe office of Hastings International managed an average of £31,105 over asking price, while Winkworth, Palmers Green (£16,215), and Douglas Allen, Dalston (£15,083), came second and third respectively.

‘This compares very favourably to the UK average performance of £12,742 below asking price,’ the site says.

The three agents that scored the best individual percentage increase over asking price were Whitehouse Estate Agents, Bournemouth (108.9 per cent), Hastings International, Rotherhithe (107.7 per cent), and Connells, Southville, Bristol (107.2 per cent).

Meanwhile, the average length of time taken to sell a property over the past six months is put at 55 days – though this disguises wide regional variations. The ‘quickest’ areas were Reading (26 days), Bristol (26 days) and ‘outer London’ (43 days), while the slowest were Liverpool (85 days) and Leeds (62 days).