9 September 2005, Halifax, 2005
The creator of Britain's most comprehensive property search engine Home.co.uk, has gone one step further and built the UK's biggest Estate Agent Directory. With details of around 20,000 estate agents across the UK, this is probably the best resource of its type for home buyers and sellers. Moreover to help discerning home sellers ease their way through the maze of estate agencies on the high street, Home.co.uk have tied up with property consultants MoveWithUs to direct enquiries to around a 1000 top-rated agents nationwide.
Studies have shown that 75% of home seekers begin their search on the internet before approaching an agency. Thanks to the Home Estate Agent Directory finding an agent is easy, but finding an agent in the right area with the right credentials can be difficult. For most people, a house may be the most valuable asset they will ever invest in, and they must have confidence when entrusting the process to an agency. This can be difficult, especially for people moving to a new region.
Home.co.uk's new Estate Agent Directory means browsers at home.co.uk can easily pinpoint all the estate agents in the area they're looking to move to. The directory gives detailed information about all agencies, complete with contact details and web addresses. This immediate and direct link to agencies translates into a fast turnaround of information between agents and buyers, saving time and effort on both sides.
Home.co.uk already have further plans to develop the directory. The next step is to introduce update requests, whereby buyers are notified as soon as a relevant property appears on the market. Agents can target new openings and buyers get the information they need hot off the press. Customers will get the chance to review agents' performance at Home.co.uk, so that other home buyers can get first-hand advice about the strengths of different agents.
"These new developments should help Home.co.uk users not only find estate agents in their area, but be able to separate the sheep from the goats. In an industry notoriously plagued by rogue agents, people need to know who they can trust - and the best way to do this is to ask people who've already been there. That's just why we've got MoveWithUs on board." commented Doug Shephard, Business Development Director at HomeCo Internet Property Ltd.
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Over the last 24 years, Home.co.uk has become established as a dynamic, innovative and ethical service. By providing the UK's most comprehensive Property Search and Estate Agents directory coupled with detailed House Price analysis, Home.co.uk delivers the real power of the Internet to inform and empower estate agents, homebuyers, renters, landlords and sellers in across the UK.
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