A new direct service is offering the public the chance to sell their home for just £30.
Match My House, which was launched in January, enables sellers to register with the site and input the particulars of their property. It then matches them up with potential buyers, bypassing estate agents.
As with other ‘matching’ sites, users control their own profiles, receive recommendations and connect and communicate directly with each other.
A former star of TV show The Apprentice, Raj Dhonata, has invested in the site, providing founder Dan Thomas with start-up cash.
Thomas, an IT expert who has never worked in the property industry, came up with the idea having been frustrated with the service he personally witnessed from estate agents after moving home four times in the last ten years.
He said: “One sale nearly fell through the day before due to the behaviour of one agent who attempted to get the seller to accept a higher offer at the last minute, a very stressful experience especially with a young family involved.
“I firmly believe there is a market for this. I believe it is a product that will fill a gap in the market, and give people an alternative approach to buying and selling properties in the UK.
“It isn’t going to be for everyone. It is for people who like to take control and want to reduce the costs of selling.
“The seller can ensure they get across the main selling points of their property, and proactively approach buyers through the site with connection requests.”
Sellers register their property on the site for £30, with the facility to include five property pictures and a video.
Since January’s launch, the site has had 30 buyers add their profiles – but so far, no sellers.
Thomas says his main focus now is to try and reach as many potential customers as possible through marketing, to build the brand and awareness of the service.