An online agent, 99home, has revised its prices and launched a new ‘partnership’ programme for Local Property Experts.
It also says it is the first online agent to advertise on all three of the main portals – Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket.
The firm has previously said it plans to launch on the stock market next year, as part of a crowdfunding campaign.
In its new price menu, it now still offers the basic £99 package, payable upfront, to include listing on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket, an online valuation and negotiation.
It now also offers a £499 upfront package, a £999 upfront package, plus two no sale, no fee options – one at a fixed cost, and the other at a negotiable commission.
Director Vijay Vashistha said: “We have revised our prices and added a few more services. This was already in our three-year plan when we launched 99home.”
99home, which launched on July 17, 2017, claims to have served over 10,000 customers in the two years it has been going.
Vashistha said that the commission for no sale, no fee, will be capped at 2.5% – where it might apply, for example, to an inexpensive and isolated property. In areas where there is plenty of competition for well-priced properties, he said the commission might be in the region of 0.7%.
99home previously offered packages where £99 was always payable upfront. With the £499 package, £400 was payable on completion and with the £999 package, £900 was payable on completion.
99home says it continues to undercut its main competitors – but not Doorsteps, which still charges £99.
99home is also looking for partners which it will initially call Local Property Experts. They pay no joining or ongoing fees, according to Vashistha.
Instead, commissions generated from within exclusive territories will be shared.
LPEs are promised ongoing marketing campaigns to build brand awareness and drive business; the ability to generate an uncapped, recurring monthly income; the ability to build up value in their own business “to provide strong exit capital”; and full training and support.
The company last filed accounts for the year to November 2017. They show cash reserves of £10,575 and liabilities of £853, with loans from directors at £7,520. It had no employees in the period.
The company, based in north London where it shares an address with a high street firm called Property Hub, ran a crowdfunding campaign last year, claiming it had raised over its £295,000 target.
Its OnTheMarket listings are here:
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£999 For London
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