Housesimple are the second largest online estate agent in the UK by number of listings. As their name suggests, their offering is simple, and as of July 2019, Housesimple is the only online estate agent to sell homes for free.
Following a trial starting in January 2019, this unique service is now permanently available in Yorkshire and the North West of England, but is being rolled out elsewhere in due course. The reason for not rolling-out the offer across the UK all at once is due to anticipated demand.
Housesimple's business model is based on referral fees earned from both buyers and sellers taking up no-obligation services such as mortgage, conveyancing and insurance advice.
Since being established in 2007 by Alexander Gosling and Sarah Cronin, Housesimple has sold over £2.5 billion worth of property, at an average listing price of £230,000, and was awarded 2018 Online Estate Agent of the Year at the ESTAs. Their CEO since Janaury 2018 is Sam Mitchell who has an extensive career in the property industry, and whose previous roles were at Rightmove and Sothebys International Realty. Housesimple's backers include investors Sir Charles Dunstone and Roger Taylor.
Being one of the most established online agents, Housesimple has a large body of (positive) reviews available to help your research, and is rated 5 stars on Trustpilot.