Problems with relationships are usually helped, if not always resolved, by people asking straight questions and getting straight answers.
That’s what we want to help achieve between the three top portals and estate agents.
Currently the relationship is more than a little strained, mostly over ever-increasing fees and over whether all agents are treated equally by portals.
We saw the relationship at breaking point in recent days with our stories about agents’ anger over portal charges.
So, here’s the next step.
Estate Agent Today wants to put some of YOUR straight questions to the portals, in the hope that we can get straight answers.
Please let us know what you want to ask the portals. For example:
- will they ever act as agents in their own right and list properties for sale by owners?
- will there ever be a circumstance where they will cut charges rather than increase them?
- how do they calculate charges and increases? Based on what most benefits sharehold-ers or based on other measures?
- what’s next, in technology terms, for portal development? Or is today’s offer (largely un-changed over the years, some say) as good as it’s going to get?
There will be plenty of other questions you may have on your mind about the portals.
They may not be the sort of question you can put to a portal sales rep on the phone or via email, but we can combine the questions we receive from agents and put them to Right-move, Zoopla and OnTheMarket.
We can’t take up individual agent’s grievances but we hope we can help agents as a whole understand the thinking of the portals, and vice versa.
Please either leave a comment below this story or confidentially send a question to us by email via firstname.lastname@example.org: we will not be identifying agents when we ask the portals.
We’ll let you know what questions we’re asking the portals and when we’re asking them, and of course what responses we get.
Now, please fire away - what do you want to know from the portals?