Independent consumer research supports private house sales Monday 9 July 2007 PDF Print New research has shown that three in every four homeowners would sell their own home privately to secure significant savings on their sale fee. The increasing popularity of television programmes and printed articles about how to maximise the potential of our homes, appears to have given many confidence to market their homes themselves. More than one in two homeowners questioned said they would feel able to put together a property description, deal with potential buyers and show them round their home. The survey is the first in an annual survey run by epropertyshop (http://www.epropertyshop.co.uk), an online service that provides the tools for homeowners to market their homes cost effectively through the internet and a nationwide retail network. Managing Director, Jas Lall said, ‘’The research results demonstrate that homeowners want control over how they sell their home and a choice of how it is marketed. The raft of television programmes and magazines on sale demonstrating how to get the most of property has captured consumers’ imagination and has given them confidence themselves, not least to maximise the return on their investment. ''Selling a home privately is something that anyone can do. We believe that this is the way forward as the consumer becomes more informed of the choices available, whether private sale is used as a complementary service to the more traditional route of using an estate agent, or as a standalone means of marketing a property. There has been recent focus on the increased cost of moving, so ways to keep costs to a minimum will be welcomed by many.'' epropertyshop carried out the survey as part of its research into home sales, ahead of its summer launch within the M25 and along the M6 corridor. The company provides the tools for homeowners to sell their property privately and offers a wide range of outlets including newsagents and partner estate agents to market to both a national and local audience, thus maximising exposure of the property. Prices start at £25 for the basic package rising to just £200 for the premier package. - ends - *epropertyshop Attitudes to House Sales Survey 2007 was carried out by TNS via OnLineBus. A sample of 1007 GB adults aged 16-64 were interviewed between 20th – 22nd March 2007. For further information please contact: Gillian Gibbons at Wychwood Communications on 07795 342804 Notes to Editors: epropertyshop is a web-based alternative to traditional residential property sales, aligned to a retail network that provides maximum exposure locally and to a wider audience – in other words it offers vendors the choice to showcase their property as they wish whilst keeping sales costs to a minimum. Unlike other private sales web-sites, epropertyshop encourages home sellers to also engage the services of local estate agents so as to maximise the exposure of their home. The core objective is to bring buyers and sellers together, as well as involving local partner newsagents and other retail outlets, to be involved in the private sale marketing process,. Through strategic partners, epropertyshop is able to source mortgages and insurance advice for customers, arrange conveyancing and provide discounted HIPs. In the future the company will be expanding its product range to provide a ‘one stop shop’ menu of best value products and services for the convenience of their customers. epropertyshop offers a series of services to sellers which allow them to advertise their property at a very low cost, starting from £25. • Package 1 - £25: One picture on website for one month only • Package 2 - £35: Private Sale board only • Package 3 - £55: Combination of 1 and 2 • Package 4 - £125: Up to four pictures on website until sold, Private Sale board and one month ad on affiliate sites • Premier Service- £200: As 4 above, except that epropertyshop will be responsible for erecting the Private Sale board epropertyshop works with estate agent and retail partners to provide choice and flexiblity for its customers. TS Properties, a property management and sales company based in East London was one of the first estate agents to become an approved partner of epropertyshop. In doing so, TS Properties will give home sellers the option to sell their property with TS Properties on a sole Agency agreement whilst also marketing their property for private sale through epropertyshop. If TS Properties are successful in selling the property then they will refund the vendor the amount paid to epropertyshop for private sales marketing. 'Simon Sandhu, Head of Sales said, “We are in business to sell our customers' homes as quickly as possible and we believe that our relationship with epropertyshop can only be beneficial in this respect. Our partnership will provide customers with greater flexibility and increase the property's exposure in a wider marketplace. ''We are confident in our ability to sell properties and we'll offer a full refund of the fee paid to epropertyshop if TS Properties sells the property”. Mr Kiran Patel, a newsagents in the Docklands commented, “epropertyshop adds a new aspect to the services we provide for our customers. Their window display alone has created much attention, people stop to take a look at the properties. Its great that we can provide more services for our customers”. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Wychwood Communications in the following categories: Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.