HomeViews, a website that styles itself as the TripAdvisor of newbuild residential developments and was co-founded earlier this year by a former Marsh & Parsons estate agent has expanded from its launch area of London to cover seven more cities.
These include Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Bath and Bristol and the website also now has 800 developments registered across England which have attracted 8,000.
The site promotes itself partly as a platform for agents to highlight their excellent property and block management capabilities and, for example, a development in Manchester managed by Allsop has been identified as one of the best-managed on the platform.
However, agents also risk being picked out for poor service on HomeViews, and one review for another developments says: “The people are really friendly, and the concierge are very nice, the building management is good but my estate agent was terrible”.
Owners, landlords and tenants of build-to-rent and build-to-sell residential development apartments can leave reviews but their status is verified before their reviews are published.
Co-founder Rory Cramer (left) who until January this year was Marsh & Parson’s Head of Consultancy and Strategy, says: “Whilst London was a fantastic starting point for us, expansion nationwide was always a key part of our strategy.
“There is resounding positivism coming from the UK’s major cities particularly as Build To Rent is gaining momentum outside of the capital.”