The recent claim from challenger portal, Homesearch, that they have 10,000 agency branches committed to listing, was met with scepticism in some quarters.
The news stories carried on EYE attracted comments that called into question the validity of the figure.
We therefore asked Homesearch for the specific details of the actual level of opted-in commitment from agencies.
Late yesterday evening Homesearch responded with this statement:
“We have 10,483 branches who have provided us with their details, of which 6,718 provided us with their CRM provider to set up their feeds, which are working through now.
“We are continuing to contact the other branches as a matter of course to get their CRM details so that we can set them up as soon as possible.”
EYE understands that initially on its website Homesearch asked agents simply to express an interest in receiving further details about the project.
Some 3,500 expressed that interest.
Homesearch later changed the message and asked agents registering for further information from that point on to also give the details of their CRM provider and confirm that they wish to list their properties.
It is mainly those that are the 6,718 branches referred to in the statement. The previous approx 3,500 had not given their CRM details or consent to list.
Whilst it may well get there, for the time being Homesearch cannot sustain its claim that 10,000 branches are already signed up to list their properties.