By Jonathan Davies

Zoopla, the online property website, is to buy price comparison site uSwitch.

Zoopla is expected to pay £160 million for uSwitch and says the combined company will allow people to research, find and manage their homes from one service.

However, it is not yet clear how that will work - both companies will continue to trade under their current names.

Zoopla is the UK's second biggest property site after Rightmove. And uSwitch is majority owned by a division of Lloyds Banking Group.

"With the plans we have to develop our combined services, consumers will have a single resource for all their property needs," said Alex Chesterman, the chief executive and founder of Zoopla.