It’s always sensible to consider your options, especially when it comes to something as big as selling property – that’s why we designed our online estate agent comparison tool, which lets you find the right online agent based on your own criteria. Of course, sometimes more than one agent will tick all your boxes, so comparing them head-to-head will let you look at the finer detail before you make your decision.
Here we’re comparing Housesimple and Purplebricks, both major players in the market, with Purplebricks taking top position as the UK’s largest online estate agent and Housesimple following closely behind.
Purplebricks is probably one of the most well-known online estate agencies, and prides itself on giving its sellers complete control over the sales process, while being ready to offer a helping hand any time it’s needed. Its model has proved popular, and the business has expanded throughout Australia, with plans to take on the USA soon.
Housesimple, meanwhile, has won a raft of awards for its innovative approach and has consistently pioneered new ways of thinking about property sales. The company is also particularly active in the research field and is a go-to authority on the state of the UK property market and related topics.
Purplebricks vs Housesimple: head-to-head comparison
|Where based||Sudbury, Suffolk||Solihull, West Midlands|
|Number of properties for sale||3,600||15,217|
|Average asking price (data via link above)||£321,972||£301,499|
|Average sale listing age||15 weeks||14 weeks|
|Number of properties sold||8,000||Unknown|
|Type of estate agents||Online estate agent operating from central location||Hybrid online estate agent with regional experts|
|Hosted viewings service||Yes, for an additional fee (although not advertised)||Yes, for an additional fee|
|Free valuation home visit||Yes||Yes|
|Opening hours||Mon-Fri 8am-8pm
|24 hours a day, seven days a week|
|No sale no fee option||Yes||No|
|Deferred payment option||Yes, delay payment until completion or up to six months (whichever comes first)||Yes, delay payment until completion or up to 10 months (whichever comes first)|