Housesimple, which claims to be the second largest estate agent in the North of England, has expanded its offering into the Midlands with the launch of its free service in the City of Nottingham.
Housesimple said its rapid expansion into three major regions of the UK inside 12 months is driven by the “popularity” of its new free model. Since becoming the first agent in the UK to only sell houses for free, Housesimple has launched in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.
Homeowners in City of Nottingham postcodes NG1 to NG8 can also now book a free home valuation on housesimple.com, ahead of the official launch of its free service on 27 December 2019.
Sam Mitchell, CEO of Housesimple, said: “We are on a mission to change estate agency for the better, by making the experience of buying and selling property simple, transparent and free. As of 27th December, people will be able to start selling for free in Nottingham, our first city in the Midlands and the next big step in our plans to take our free offer nationwide.
“Nottingham stands out as having one of the strongest property markets in the UK. The city has seen consistent house price growth in recent years, homes are selling in good time and very close to asking price.”
He added: “Since the start of the year, Nottingham homeowners have sold over £300m worth of property, meaning they could have saved an estimated £4.5m in fees if they’d sold for free – something they can now do with Housesimple.”
Rather than charging commission or upfront fees for selling homes, Housesimple earns referral fees from no-obligation selected services provided to sellers and buyers such as mortgage, conveyancing and insurance advice.
Sam Mitchell continued: “It was a bold move to be the first agent to sell for free, but we’re not Founded in 2007, Housesimple is backed by investors including Sir Charles Dunstone, together with his business partner, Roger Taylor. Housesimple has helped over 27,000 people to move home, selling properties with a total value of almost £3bn.”