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theqoob.com The new smartphone app claims to be property version of dating service Tinder





theQoob.com has been created by academics at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences and it allows people to upload pictures of their homes and create a listing on their smartphones.



If another Qoob user then likes the look of the property, they can chat with you, arrange viewings and even negotiate through the app's instant messaging service.



Qoob works in the same way for landlords who upload details, with would-be tenants spotting them on the app and making direct contact to seal the deal. It will avoid estate or letting agency fees and the app is free to download





'theqoob.com  The new smartphone app claims to be property version of dating service Tinder 'For decades agents have maintained a stranglehold on the market - now people can sidestep them and secure a fairer deal.'
One obvious downside is that until Qoob takes off, it will carry relatively few listings.







"cutting out" the middlemen



Another issue is that unlike established internet agents such as Sarah Beeny's Tepilo.com and Stelios Haji-Ioannou's easyProperty.com - which require sellers to pay a fee - the app does not upload listings to Rightmove and Zoopla, where more than 95 per cent of buyers begin looking for a new home. But this isn't the only new generation of property platforms on the block ,to helping drive consumer choice.



The website Propcision.com has a tool that allows users to see the marketing history of homes on Rightmove - including price falls - thus enabling gutsy buyers to negotiate a deal if they know a home has been on sale for a long time.






At the moment this applies only to London property, but Propcision wants to allow 'consumer empowerment' with additional information for buyers, including potential rental income for would-be buy-to-let landlords.


Knockerapp.com is another Tinder-like app that's all about location. If you love a new area you're visiting, you can use Knocker to find homes to rent nearby.

Then you can 'pin' the ones you like to view later, email them to a friend, or arrange a viewing there and then directly through the app - perfect for beating the rush for a rental property, for example.

To date, it only accesses properties advertised on Zoopla, but that includes homes let or sold through online agencies as well as traditional ones.


Meanwhile, the Check Before You Rent app advises would-be renters by offering three key lists - first, what to ask a landlord or letting agent before even viewing a property; second, what to watch for when you look around; and third, what to check before you sign up.

It's up to date, so includes information about what tenants should expect in terms of facilities, what safety features should be fitted, and even the controversial immigration checks that tenants will be subject to from February.

Purplebricks.com is the most successful of the new online sales services. It allows owners to sell for a flat fee of £798 upwards, which compares with the £4,500 plus VAT charged by bricks-and-mortar agents selling a £300,000 home at a 1.5 per cent commission.

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