Jason Tebb, the ex-Foxtons agent who is now chief executive of OnTheMarket, has given his first in depth public interview since taking up the new role - and has signalled a dramatic shift in the portal’s future role.
The interview, with Property Academy founder Peter Knight was filmed at the end of March and has gone live this morning on social media
The discussion - released at 7am - covers Tebb’s vision for the challenger portal, its recent acquisition of PropTech firm Glanty, and how OnTheMarket will become a majority agent owned software house as well as a traditional portal.
Knight also asks Tebb about his already-announced shift in direction for OTM’s marketing and communications.
OnTheMarket stresses that although the interview is being used for its own marketing and communications purposes, the questions and editorial control were entirely Knight’s - and that there was no fee for the exercise.
Tebb says: “I wanted to take the time after I joined the OnTheMarket last December to assess the business, learn what our customers expect from a portal and what consumers need and want from us too.
“As many will already know, we’ve run a series of ‘Town Halls’ since the beginning of the year which has given me the opportunity to speak to literally hundreds of agents in a very short timescale, together with the fantastic feedback I’ve had via email and direct messages on social media from agents who have seen that I am prepared to listen, understand and then action.
“Being able to talk about the insights I’ve gained in the last few months and share these publicly will hopefully demonstrate that this is just the beginning of my dialogue with agents and that I intend to lead the business in a very different way.”
Tebb concludes: “The business has strong foundations from which to build upon, however we have a lot of work to do in a very ambitious timeframe in order to deliver the change and development of the business that I know so many of our agents want to see. I look forward to sharing more news in the very near future.”
You can see the video here.