OneDome, a proptech start-up that offers agents the tools to book viewings online, has won £3 million in funding from several backers including Sir Nigel Knowles, the founder of legal firm DLA Piper. The company has also persuaded one of Knight Frank’s senior people to jump ship. Rachel Dipper, who until June was Head of Residential Marketing at Knight Frank, is now heading OneDome’s promotional effort as Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships.
A former Skype employee leads its technology build and one co-founder is former JP Morgan exec, Babek Ismayil
“We offer agents the ability to take on the online disrupters and offer online bookings, without having to partner with another brand,” says Rachel.
The company, with 12 staff in London and a further 40 in Ukraine, has signed up Essex agent Yaxley Homes to its service and says it has 15 agents getting ready to join.
OneDome offers a platform that enables agents to drive sales and vendor enquiries to their own website, earn referral fees for conveyancing and mortgage enquiries, and enable buyers to manage their own viewings, should they wish to.
“Most agents are interested in the bookings widget but we offer more than that,” says Rachel. “Ultimately, we aim to monetise the entire process for the agent, and make the experience seamless for their customers – arranging viewings, conveyancing and a mortgage. Buyers that come to our site can also find out about the area where they hope to buy a home.”