An estate agent in SW London is to be removed from OnTheMarket after revealing that, although it was unlikely to pay for the portal’s service, the company was happy to continue trialling its service.
Nine-branch James Pendleton had been on a freebie deal but its Chief Executive Lee Pendleton says he had been honest with the portal all along that he was unlikely to sign up to paying for the service any time soon.
In an interview with The Negotiator yesterday the company’s co-founder said he had not been a believer in OTM since its launch, particularly over its original ‘one other portal’ rule, which has now been dropped, but that he was happy to continue trying out its service.
Lee (left) said he arrived at work this morning to find an email from OnTheMarket telling him that the portal has given his company a month’s notice after which its properties and profile will removed from its listings.
“I’ve always said I’ll be transparent and honest with my dealings with clients, and in the same way I’ve been honest with all of the portals we list our properties with,” says Lee.
“And I’ve been candid with OnTheMraket about my reasons for using them and on that basis they were happy to sign another year-long freebie deal with us, so to suddenly cancel it seems a bit vindictive.”
“It poses the question, who else is getting a free with them so they just have property listings?”
The Negotiator has contacted OnTheMarket for comment but so far not received a response.