Support for the Say No To Rightmove campaign shows no signs of waning.
Following a webinar between members of estate agency group, The Experts in Property, to which Rob Sargent was invited to speak, the group has pledged their allegiance to the campaign.
The multi-agency group, led by Steve Moir, represents some 80 offices in the South-West.
Moir explained the decision:
“Rightmove have refused to negotiate with us as a group, and their attitude, especially to smaller independent agents, has been divisive and unhelpful with upward-only price increases completely out of proportion.
“They only exist because of the data provided to them by agents, and they do not respect the value of that.
“Rightmove have not moved with the times and developed their technology, but instead have concentrated on leveraging their customers for more and more money.
“Even their market intelligence tool, Rightmove Plus, has been overtaken by better products available elsewhere in the market.”
“With the volume of sales likely to be drastically reduced for some time, all agents need to look at reducing their overall running costs.
“Rightmove has simply become unaffordable for many.
“We have a number of agents within our group who have already left and many more prepared to do so.
“The public will look and naturally migrate to wherever the properties are promoted.
“We’re receiving feedback from members who use only OnTheMarket and Zoopla that leads are of higher quality and quantity than they were on Rightmove.”
When asked what advice he would give to someone considering ending their contract with Rightmove, Moir responded:
“Ideally, talk to other local agents and get their support.
“It is one of the rare times you can work together to reduce your overheads.
“Support the Say No To Rightmove campaign and work on promoting your own website and social media channels.”
The campaign told EYE that they now have over 3000 offices in support and that recruitment continues to accelerate.