This time last year the industry was awaiting the launch of a new portal - the free to list public site proposed by data consultancy Homesearch.
At the time Homesearch enjoyed a string of testimonials from supportive agents in an announcement saying it had secured more than 10,000 agents signing up prior to a summer launch date. Agents were given a short period to familiarise themselves with the public site and give feedback to the two founders of Homesearch, Sam Hunter and Giles Ellwood.
But while the company has continued to make a big name for itself as a respected data provider for the industry, the concept of its public portal didn't happen quite as the company expected. Why?