Savvy-shoppers know they should always consider their options before making a purchase, which is why so many comparison services exist. They allow you to find the product or service that’s right for you – and our online estate agent comparison tool is no exception. But sometimes more than one service fits your needs, which is where our head-to-head tables come in. Here, you can see the finer details of the services offered by two online estate agents, so you can be sure you’re making the very best choice.
Here we are comparing Emoov and HouseSimple. Emoov has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2010 and has benefitted from extraordinary investment interest. In fact, it set a record for the largest ever investment in a property tech company via an equity-based platform. It was also the first online agent to offer free virtual tours.
HouseSimple, meanwhile, is the UK’s second-largest online estate agent business and had won a raft of awards since its launch in 2007, including Online Agency of the Year in the Negotiator Awards in 2014 – an accolade it went on to earn again in 2015 and 2016. It, too, has benefitted from high profile backing, in this instance with a £13m cash injection from Carphone Warehouse founder Sir Charles Dunstone.
Emoov vs HouseSimple: head-to-head comparison
|Where based||Sudbury, Suffolk||Brentwood, Essex|
|Number of properties for sale||3,600||1,883|
|Average asking price||£321,972||£338,350|
|Average sale listing age||15 weeks||20 weeks|
|Number of properties sold||8,000||15,000|
|Type of estate agents||Online estate agent operating from central location||Online estate agent with local experts|
|Hosted viewings service||Yes, for an additional fee (although not advertised)||No|
|Free valuation home visit||Yes||Yes|
|Opening hours||Mon-Fri 8am-8pm
|No sale no fee option||Yes||No|
|Deferred payment option||Yes, delay payment until completion or up to six months (whichever comes first)||Yes, up to 12 months interest free if paid for by credit/debit card|