The internet makes it easy to perform all sorts of research from anywhere you like. Including everyone’s favourite place – the sofa!
So, with that in mind, when you’re looking to buy a new house or other type of property, why bother traipsing down to the estate agents when you can open up your laptop or smartphone and do all the research you need from the comfort of your home?
We’ve put together a list of websites that list numerous houses for sale across the UK (and in some cases, abroad). Check out the list below.
Zoopla is one of the best known online estate agent brands in the UK. It’s probably one of the first websites you think of when looking for a new home. When you first land on the site you’re presented with a basic search function which lets you search by post code or area. You can filter the results by adding a minimum price, maximum price, property type or the number of bedrooms.
If the search returns too many results, you can open up the advanced filter to further narrow down the results by using keywords or by looking for new homes, retirement homes, shared ownership or auctions.
To use the search facility at Prime Location, you need to start by entering the name of the place you’re looking to buy. Once you’ve done your initial search, you can expand the results by adding a “within x distance” filter, which starts at “This area only” and goes up to 40 miles. Once you’re reached this stage, you can apply more filters to narrow down the results, which yon can view or ascending or descending order.
*Prime Location is part of Zoopla.
Right Move is another familiar name in the world of online estate agents. You start your search by entering the post code or area you’re interested in, but instead of being shown some properties for sale, you then need to filter your search by choosing at least one of these options: min/max price, radius of initial location, number of bedrooms, property type or when it was added to the site.
To really cut focus your search, make a selection from each of these options.
On The Market
On The Market launched in 2015 and claims to advertise properties 24 hours before they appear on Right Move or Zoopla, two of the more established online estate agents I mentioned earlier. Out of the sites I’ve looked at so far, this is the only one that encouraged me to signup for its ‘property alert feature’. Which is definitely something I’d recommend doing when looking for a new property, especially if it’s in a sought after area.
The House Shop
The House Shop features plenty of UK properties but it’s worth checking out if you’re interested in moving or buying a property in countries like Spain, Italy, Germany, United States etc. You’ll find tons of properties for sale but you’ll also find tons of information to help you through the research, buying and moving process.
Home launched in 1996, making it one of the oldest online estate agents you’ll come across. It works like a search engine by crawling the web for properties for sale and displaying the results on its pages. When you want more information about a property, Home sends you to the original web page where it found the listing. You start your search by entering a post code or location, then filter the results by price, number of bedrooms, type of property etc.