Estate agents are right up there with traffic wardens in the popularity stakes, and we all know why.
But there’s no alternative - when it comes to buying and selling they’re the only show in town , right? Wrong.
Reservethathouse.com is a new website gives people the chance to do something they weren’t able to before, reserve an interest in a property for free - before it goes on the market.
It’s not another selling site, or one that just undercuts estate agents, it’s something very different – a site that puts the consumer in the driving seat.
Reservethathouse works in two ways, it gives people the chance to reserve their interest in as many
properties as they wish for free, and also allows people to find out if someone is interested in their property, again for free.
Warren Davies of Reservethathouse said: “Why shouldn’t people take control and let someone know they want to buy their house?
“Almost 2.5 million homes were bought and sold last year in the UK. With that sort of rapid turnover, people should be talking direct to each other without paying thousands of pounds to a middleman.
“The housing market is moving too fast for people to need be slaves to the estate agent’s window – everyone knows the properties they want to move to – now they can do something about it.”
By using reservethathouse.com people can be at the front of the queue when the owner of their dream home is ready to move.
And people ready to sell can be informed automatically the moment someone registers and interest in their house. Visit http://www.reservethathouse.com to see how we are changing the face of the UK property market.
For further information contact Warren Davies on 01708 345679 (daytime), 0794 903 0887 (mobile) or Dave Warriner 01708 373607 (daytime) 07761 277 581 (mobile)
Notes to editors
Around 200,000 homes change hands every month in England and Wales. Even at 1 per cent commission on a £150,000 average house price, estate agents earn £300m a month.
It’s a myth that people only want to sell their homes by visiting estate agents. A recent NOP survey reported that nearly a quarter homebuyers already use the net to look for a home.
Even more revealing is the half of those surveyed who confessed that they one day expect to do without the estate agent altogether.
In May 2000 Time Magazine predicted that the estate agents were the most likely profession to go under in the 21st Century.
“The internet will eradicate middlemen by the millions,” it announced, “with a hardy few remaining to service the clueless.”
Source: Guardian Online supplement 14/2/02
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