A new survey revealed today uncovers that the future of buying and selling houses is virtual, with two thirds thinking the future of selling houses is online and one in six people stating they would choose an online estate agency due to disliking traditional estate agents’ reputations.
The poll of 100 people conducted by Zoom995 looked at the general public’s habits today when looking for a new home, to establish the thoughts and understanding of estate agency.
Respondents revealed that nearly 80 percent of people have visited websites which sell houses online.
Of those who had visited such portals, a further 80 percent stated that they preferred to look online rather than visit a high street estate agency to house hunt.
Surprisingly, the figures revealed that 44 percent, nearly half of respondents, didn’t realise that there are now dedicated online estate agents available so they don’t have to visit the high street, and can sell their homes from the comfort of their armchairs.
When asked whether they would consider selling their home online, 82 percent of respondents stated they would sell their property on the internet, and only four people stated they wouldn’t.
Of those who would consider selling their home online, they were then asked why they would choose an online estate agency over a traditional high street estate agency.
Price was the most popular response with 29 percent choosing this option. One in five opted for the internet due to its flexible working hours and not being just 9am-5pm, so it fits with everyone’s lifestyle.
And it’s sad news for the high street estate agent as just over one in six people said they would choose an online estate agency due to the dislike of the traditional estate agents’ reputations.
The internet is once again the clear winner when people considered what they thought the future of selling houses was with 64 percent stating that selling online was the way forward. Interestingly though, one in ten respondents thought that more people will start marketing their own properties for sale.
Michael Robinson, Director of Zoom995.co.uk, said:
“It’s no real surprise that people are continuing their shopping habits by now buying homes online too. With internet being an integral part of modern day life the future shop window for buyers and sellers alike is clearly online.”
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