Fledgling portal Boomin - launching later this month - has announced another 10 independent regional agencies as founder members.
This includes its first online/hybrid agency, easyProperty.
The other newcomers are Millerson, Clyde Property, Curchods, Burns Webber Bourne, Location Location, Boydens, Roderick Thomas, Mark David and Open House.
Around 30 other agencies have been named as founding members so far.
Agents who sign-up now qualify for a free equity share allocation and use of the platform itself until January 2022 at no cost and obligation.
Earlier this week Estate Agent Today revealed some of the portal’s hitherto secret contents.
These include a ‘sneak peek’ element which means visitors will not only see properties listed for sale, but also those instructed but not yet marketed, those in a chain, and in some cases those currently being valued; there would also be a ‘matchmaker’ option allowing would-be buyers to name the street they wish to move to, allowing agents covering that area to proactively offer potential properties.
In addition, a ’24-7’ service will allow buyers and sellers to book, respectively, viewings and valuations; and a ‘Property Playground’ allows more casual visitors to Boomin to buy services, utilities, or lifestyle and design supplies - with potential referral fees for agents.
Regarding the latest 10 founding members, Boomin executive chairman Michael Bruce says: “All agents have a choice to make as we build to launch before the end of 2020. They can choose to stick for the long term with the status quo or they can be at the forefront of their industry and embrace innovation and positive change by signing up to the Boomin portal, with no obligation and free to use throughout 2021.
“New tools including Sneak Peak, Matchmaker and 24/7 will bring more people into the market and drive much needed transaction volumes in what may well prove to be a difficult year for the industry.
“Additional never been seen before features like Property PlayGround will help Boomin make good on their aim of giving agents the opportunity to earn more ancillary income through the portal than they pay over in fees.
“With the support of agents, Boomin can be the game changer that is long overdue and much needed to drive healthy competition, a superior agent and customer experience, as well as fair fees for all.”
Meanwhile easyProperty chief executive David Brierley says: “The opportunity to use a platform that encourages lifetime relationships with our customers is long overdue and one that we welcome as the next step to satisfying the significant shift in consumer behaviour which will only accelerate over the months and years ahead.”
Here's the Estate Agent Today story following a demo of the new portal.