An estate agent has taken on Boomin head on with his own ‘off-market’ property app.
Called Zump, it’s only available in Bristol at the moment and is the brainchild of former professional rugby player turned local estate agent Danny Gray (pictured) who runs the local franchise of estate agency NEXA Properties with his brother, Jamie.
Danny, who has worked in the property industry for 15 years, says his app is designed to alleviate the mismatch between vendor desire to sell and properties being listed on the open market.
“There’s currently a huge shortfall in available on-market properties meaning many buyers are unable to find what they want, which deters them from continuing their search and ultimately listing their own property for sale,” says Gray.
“This, coupled with the fact that formally listing with an estate agent is currently the only way to see who might be interested in your property – an all or nothing approach with expensive fees attached – means many people just don’t bother and end up staying put. Zump is here to break this vicious cycle.”
The Negotiator has seen the Android version of the app and it allows house searchers to send willing owners anonymous ‘expression of interest’ digitally or, if the owner has not registered on the app, a postal proposal.
NEXA Properties now has six offices across the UK all of which are operated on a franchise basis and, the estate agent company said recently, hopes to soon be a national brand.