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For Sale By Owner website set up ‘out of frustration with estate agents’

Another For Sale By Owner website has been launched - this one, apparently, because the founder was “frustrated” with estate agents’ performance in a series of house moves.

Match My House won start-up investment at the end of last year and has been set top by Wirral businessman Dan Thomas, who says his site will “streamline the property market.”

The site encourages sellers to list their homes for fees ranging from £30 and says it aims “to bring the fun and excitement back into moving home, and remove the stress from what many people consider to be the most stressful experience of their lives.”

Thomas says the idea of the site emerged as a result of his experience with estate agents. 

“My wife and I have moved home four times in the past 10 years … and each time we found ourselves having similar frustrating experiences from the service provided by estate agents” he told Estate Agent Today.

“Don’t get me wrong - there are agents offering a good service, though unfortunately this was a rare occurrence in our experience”

Vendors create their own profiles, publish their own properties, and take ‘connection requests’ from interested potential buyers.

“One of the issues we wanted to remove is the limited office hours communication and having to communicate through third parties … Match My House allows you to make connection requests, and once connected communicate through the platform 24/7, ask questions, arrange viewings, and even place bids”. 

This is the latest of a series of FSBO sites launching recently.

Regional agency MoveSelf, set up in 2017, says it is moving towards FSBO, while in October UcaDO, set up by a former Savills agent, launched as a “peer-to-peer property marketplace which allows you to buy, sell, let, or rent your property for free.” 

Another FSBO website, OkayLah, has recently accused estate agents of making “vast” sums of money through commission.

You can see the Match My House site here.

  • Andrew Ireland

    In scientific analysis of any hypothesis, in this case underlying hypothesis that estate agents provide poor service, the researcher testing the hypothesis must first devise a way of objectively selecting agents on a range of common selection parameters . This precludes simply applying ones own judgement that of course might be rubbish at selecting an estate agent and therefore from drawing the wrong conclusion.

  • jeremy clarke

    OOO! A disruptor!

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    Good grief not another 'game changer'.

  • Grahame Hopper

    Sounds like a full-time job, "My wife and I have moved home four times in the past 10 years … and each time we found ourselves having similar frustrating experiences from the service provided by estate agents". Perhaps he'll start a removal firm too !!!

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    Will they be expected to do all of their own compliance and due diligence as well?

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