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How do you search for property? Part 3

Today we will take a look at 4 more property sites I recently used on a search for buying property.

In part 1 of this article we looked at the old fashioned way of accessing property via the high street printed details. I threw some tips in, on how to narrow the property search down to 3 piles and arrange a scoring system before viewing.

Yesterday we looked at the number 1 property web site rightmove and analysed where it is good and also some of it’s failings

Part 3 – The other on-line property websites to consider – Findaproperty

I went into this search open minded as I genuinely want to find another good alternative to Rightmove. I’ve in the past started using Zoopla and found it has some great advantages over Rightmove. Yet others aren’t keen. Having spent some time compiling the article about Property Top Trumps last week, I felt it was only right that I gave them a try out. I was disappointed.

Findaproperty.com – positives

  • I certainly like the design of Findaproperty
  • Ease of use when you first enter the site – clear search box
  • Seemed initially easy to enter a search
  • Good choice of viewing modes for search results

 

Findaproperty.com – negatives

  • No map view for results
  • Advert heavy
  • Nothing to make me see a value above Rightmove’s search

 

Findaproperty -a little hard to use

Findaproperty - no map view - advert heavy

I found viewing results difficult as I wanted to search by area. I couldn’t find a map view although there were three other views. For me map view makes it so much easier for area searches. I’m now used to looking at an area on a map.

From a design perspective, the site felt a little heavy on advert and selling mortgages or other services. There is a fine balance to get right and it just didnt work for me.

I’ve never used Findaproperty in the past, and my inital searches were making it clearer that my habit isnt going to change.

In Part 4 tomorrow we look at a site that is worth using as an alternative to Rightmove – Zoopla Reviewed

 

posted by Zane in Buying,Estate Agents,For Sale,Rightmove,Tepilo,Zoopla and have Comments (2)

2 Responses to “How do you search for property? Part 3”

  1. Leeds Estate Agents says:

    Whichever site you use, there will always be the worry that you are missing out on properties which might be cheap or ideal for you, because the vast majority of agents sign up to Rightmove before any other portal.

    Zoopla would claim that a certain % of their viewers don’t use Rightmove but you’d half to be a half hearted buyer not to use the biggest site going…?

  2. philipjames143 says:

    I found viewing results difficult as I wanted to search by area. I couldn’t find a map view although there were three other views. For me map view makes it so much easier for area searches. I’m now used to looking at an area on a map.

    Find a property in Denton with Philip James, the Manchester property specialists.

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