All over the UK home buyers and sellers have an important date in mind. No, its not Thursday 12th December when the general election takes place. Its Wednesday 25th December.

This date is etched in our minds. Already shops are stocking for Christmas and it wont be long before Marks & Spencer and John Lewis will be revealing this year's Christmas advert on TV.

Anticipation will also be rising for those hoping to move into a new home by Christmas. Historically this is a key date in the home moving calender. It is an emotional date, a day that suggests a new start and time spent with loved ones in new surroundings - full of familiar things that make a home.

But that date can also put a geat deal of stress onto an already stressful time. Why not complete a purchase two weeks later or at the end of January when things could be easier?

So for those aiming to have moved by Christams here are a few hints on how to make it happen.

Set your price to sell. You need a deal fast and a buyer who is hot to trot. You dont have to capitulate but you may have to compromise a little. Keep your eye on the prize of putting up your Christmas tree in your new home.

Choose a local solicitor who is geared to getting a deal completed.

Finally, do not compromise on your estate agent. Find a great one. The key to being in your new home is an agent who will get the deal through. Think of your estate agent's office like Santa's factory - its where the magic happens.