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Free property data service for agents launches after three years under wraps

New player Homesearch is offering agents data on all of the UK's 28.5 million addresses without charge until early next year.

Nigel Lewis

Estate agents now have access to a new free source of property intelligence including data about all of the UK’s 28.5 million addresses following the official launch of platform Homesearch.co.uk.

The proptech company has been in ‘beta’ mode since January and in development since 2016 and is offering its service without charge to estate agents until the beginning of next year.

It offers a wide range of property data about an address  including  transaction history, boundary and Title information from the Land Registry, planning information, a valuation and demographic data about the street and area.

The service has been rolled out unofficially to 1,200 estate agents who are already using the online service which enables them  to see the kind of information only corporates can access at the moment.

Better than portals

Homesearch also claims that its data, insights and reports are more comprehensive than the data offered by the big property portals.

“Estate agency is fundamentally a people-based business, and high levels of service will always achieve the best results,” says its founder Giles Ellwood.

“Far from diminishing the human factor, we believe that information should be used to enhance the relationship with buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants, to educate and inspire.

“More importantly, agents, and by extension clients, can now make deal-making decisions based on real evidence.”

The Homesearch team includes director Sam Hunter, who has eight years working as an estate agent under his belt including two years at London agency Marsh & Parsons.

His new platform has plenty of competition including Zoopla’s Hometrack, PropertyData.co.uk and Dataloft.

June 6, 2019

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