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NAEA and ARLA agree to join forces

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have agreed to merge to become the National Federation of Property Professionals.

At simultaneous general meetings ARLA and the NAEA voted in favour of merging the two professional bodies. This development will enable the public and the industry to work with both bodies at the same time. Each organisation will still focus on lettings and sales respectively.

A spokesman from ARLA says: “Both sets of members have agreed to the joining of the two bodies. But there is a lot of work to be done before the deal can be finalised.”

Charles Smailes, president of the NAEA, says: “We have a lot of members involved with lettings and have been working for two years with ARLA to improve both our services.

“There are a lot more reasons to come together than not. We can speak together with a louder voice and better inform the industry, our members, the government and customers.”

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