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Property Portals

Bosley Bites - Lettings Agents

 

house key and computer keyboardOver the past fifteen years property portals have become a very important part of letting agents’ marketing package as prospective tenants increasingly start their property search online.

Of course, portals are just one part of a letting agent’s marketing strategy but most landlords will now want to know which ones their property will be advertised on.

Sheldon Bosley have strived to be at the forefront of the use of portals as marketing tools in order to provide the best service for their landlord clients and give each property maximum exposure to as many potential tenants as possible.

Our own website is under constant review and we are long time subscribers to Rightmove as well as being one of the first agents to sign up to On The Market (OTM).

For more information and advice on letting or managing a property, please contact Sue Maaz FARLA in our Shipston-on-Stour office or Michael Scott FARLA in our Stratford-upon-Avon office.

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OnTheMarket.com passes 5,000 offices milestone

onthemarket.com logoOnTheMarket.com – the major new property website where Sheldon Bosley is listing all of its properties – has announced its membership has grown to more than 5,000 contracted estate and letting agent offices.

OnTheMarket.com launched on January 26 to rival Rightmove and Zoopla and features hundreds of thousands of properties for sale and to rent at all price points across the UK.

The member offices, from over 2,500 agent firms, have moved their properties and their substantial advertising spends from other property websites to OnTheMarket.com.

More and more of its member agents are already advertising their new-to-market properties exclusively at OnTheMarket.com at least 48 hours in advance of displaying them on any other property portal. OnTheMarket.com has already become a ‘must-view’ website with a unique set of properties because many of the properties on its website cannot be found anywhere else.

After just six weeks from its launch, OnTheMarket.com had already had over two million unique visitors to the website.

OnTheMarket.com member agents commit to advertise their properties on no more than one other portal. In practice, this means in most cases removing their properties from either Rightmove or Zoopla. Neither can now claim complete market coverage. Around 90 per cent of OnTheMarket.com’s members have chosen to remove their properties from Zoopla and remain with Rightmove. In a recent report, Morgan Stanley said it estimated Zoopla had lost 3,500 agents.

The property search at OnTheMarket.com is slick, simple, fast and state-of-the-art, compatible with the latest technologies. The website adapts seamlessly to fit the screen of any device being used to view it. There is no clutter from irritating and distracting third party adverts, nor any spam email.

Every property at OnTheMarket.com is marketed by a locally-based estate or letting agent because OnTheMarket.com knows the majority of the public recognises the benefits of having a local professional agent who can manage the sales or lettings process on their behalf. OnTheMarket.com does not feature properties marketed by online-only “agents”.

Simon Wilkinson, Partner at Sheldon Bosley overseeing the Residential Sales department at Stratford said: “It is fantastic news that OnTheMarket.com has passed the 5,000 office milestone. It is remarkable what has been achieved so far but this is only the beginning. OnTheMarket.com will continue to grow in size and momentum because of its clean, fresh and fast consumer search experience. Sheldon Bosley is proud to be part of this property market phenomenon.”

Ian Springett, Chief Executive of OnTheMarket.com, said: “OnTheMarket.com hit the ground running and is now an essential destination for anyone seriously in the market for residential property. We have come a long way in just a few weeks and, with more than 800 new member offices already added in 2015, we are more confident than ever that we will replace Zoopla as the number two player in the market over the coming year.”