The new era of online property searching is still a growing market, one that confuses and bewilders many sellers who are unfamiliar with its attractions. Many traditionalists are unaware the market even exists, and certainly wouldn’t know about the plethora of options and streamlining services to find exactly the right home. Here are eight things you might not know about finding the perfect pad online:
- If you really, truly have no preconceptions about buying a new home other than a few necessary criteria, then Findahood is a great place to fulfil your needs. Rather than looking for the normal items such as number of rooms and type of home, the site allows you to set the importance of certain issues to you such as proximity of schools and local parks, and whether homes around you have similar occupations.
- Not everyone searches for a property to buy or sell. Curious (otherwise known as nosey) neighbours would love to know how much you paid for your home, or the value of homes on their own street. If the above applies to you, then the ‘current values’ tab at Zoopla might float your boat; simply type in your postcode and see an entire list of estimates for your area, along with sales history.
- Niche websites are certainly worth investigating if you’re after something a little different. Most bizarre and brilliant types of homes are available if one searches, from canal boats to castles, and from eco homes through companies such as GreenMoves, to static homes.
- Most online sites will not only post your property, but slice out many of the costs involved with the process. If you don’t wish, for example, to pay for professional property staging or floorplans when selling your home, then you don’t have to. The price structure is clearly laid out at sites such as HouseSimple, and there are no surprises.
- Ever been stuck in a situation where you need accommodation for a week or two? Rather than staying in a hotel, why not try Couchsurfing?
There’s an estimated 400,000 members who log in every week to offer a bed or coffee to travellers trekking anywhere from Bournemouth to Bolivia, but it needn’t just be holidaymakers or trekkers.
- It’s a sad truth that for many people the local crime rate is one of the most important factors when relocating. Rather than Googling the area and trying to piece together a numerical idea, Police.uk will give a month-by-month, road-by-road breakdown of every incident in a given area. Well worth a look before tabling an offer.
- Anyone who has ever sold or purchased a home will know that high street estate agents ring at inopportune times, and can sometimes prove annoyingly pushy. The new technology of online estate agents gives the homeowner the control, giving the option of editing a listing at any time, up-to-the-minute information of a sale or letting, and online messaging for viewers and purchasers.
- You may have seen news of onthemarket.com, a website set up by a consortium of estate agents to challenge the big beasts of Rightmove and Zoopla. In classic military-style, the site aims to beat them by dividing and conquering – anyone listing their property at onthemarket.com can only list the home on one of the two other sites, and not both. It’s a new and bold strategy, and something to consider when looking at listing options.
* This is a collaborative post.