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We have acquired

We’ve added, the UK’s #1 sold house prices website, to the growing list of websites that we now either own directly or power exclusively.

Launched in 2005, was one of the first websites in the UK to offer Land Registry sold house price information free to consumers. It quickly became, and has since remained, the leading standalone website for property price paid data in the UK, attracting over 1 million visits per month and consistently listed as one of the Top 10 most-visited property websites in the UK, according to Nielsen (Source: MediaTel/UKOM). offers users free access to over 11 million house price paid records in England and Wales that have sold since 2000.  We will continue to operate it as a separate brand and website but it will now link directly to the website, allowing users to easily access local properties for sale, current property value estimates and other features and tools available on the website whilst also extending our reach even further and giving our agent and developer members exposure to a unique and unrivalled online audience.

The deal is a natural fit for us given our strength in online property pricing information. It is also a win for estate agents and homebuilders who advertise their properties on as they will now benefit from further exposure and leads as a result of this deal. has built a very strong following over the years by offering a great service, which we intend to continue.

January 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM 1 comment

Scotland’s wealthiest (and poorest) housing markets

Carlowrie Castle, Kirkliston, Edinburgh

Here’s a quick market overview of key stats and current average property values for Scotland.

  • Edinburgh wealthiest housing market in Scotland with average property values of £227,926
  • North Lanarkshire poorest market in Scotland with average house prices 34% below the national average
  • Avg. property value in Scotland now stands at £159,890

Top 10 Wealthiest Housing Markets

Rank Market Avg. home value
1 Edinburgh £227,926
2 Aberdeenshire £205,254
3 East Lothian £201,958
4 Stirling £181,634
5 Perth & Kinross £176,181
6 Midlothian £169,985
7 Scottish Borders £166,636
8 Highland £158,040
9 South Ayrshire £155,006
10 Argyll & Bute £153,916


Top 10 Poorest Housing Markets

Rank Market Avg. home value
1 North Lanarkshire £106,006
2 Shetland £107,696
3 West Dunbartonshire £120,573
4 Orkney £121,200
5 East Ayrshire £121,740
6 North Ayrshire £124,194
7 Falkirk £126,900
8 South Lanarkshire £127,515
9 Western Isles £127,973
10 Clackmannanshire £133,275


As always, please feel free to share and use this information, all we ask is that you credit the source as and link to either or Thank you.

October 6, 2010 at 10:47 AM Leave a comment

CONFIRMATION: Grant Shapps Housing Minister

Grant Shapps, the Conservatives’ former shadow housing minister,  has confirmed, via his twitter page last night, that he has been appointed Minister of State for Housing.

It is understood that the role no longer has Cabinet status and therefore, unlike his Labour predecessor, he will not attend Cabinet meetings.

Is this, coupled with the time it took to make the appointment, an indication as to where housing is on the list of priorities?

Let us know your thoughts below.

A full guide to Cabinet members can be found here.

About Grant Shapps

Previous positions held

MP for Welwyn Hatfield, May 2005 –

Vice-Chairman of Conservative Party Campaigning, Dec 2005 –

Shadow Minister for Housing, June 2007 – May 2010

Proudest political achievement

Founding the Conservative Homelessness Foundation

Interests outside of politics

Aviation (holds a pilot’s licence)

Family life

Married to Belinda

Three children: Hadley and twins, Noa and Tabytha

Information taken from the Conservatives website

May 14, 2010 at 8:01 AM 1 comment named as Best UK Property Portal 2009

Best Property Portal Photo

Back in August we were told by the organisers of the Daily Mail UK Residential Property Awards 2009 that we had won an award in the Best UK Property Portal category. However, we were also told that we’d have to wait until 16th October to find out whether it was to be one of a few four-star award slots or the only top five-star slot.

Thankfully on Friday last week at London’s Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square that long wait came to an end. We were crowned ‘Best UK Property Portal’ at the 2009 Daily Mail UK Residential Property Awards and awarded our shiny, five-star, framed certificate!

As the only top-scoring ‘five-star’ winner, will be the only UK portal to now compete at the International Property Awards in California, USA against other winning companies from Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa, the Americas and Arabia to find the World’s Best Property Portal.

International nominee

We are delighted and honoured to have been named as the winner of this prestigious award. It’s been a busy year for us so far and we’re looking forward to representing the UK against the other winning property portals from around the world.

October 20, 2009 at 9:07 AM 1 comment

We achieved record growth in July thanks to you!

We’ve just been looking at our own internal figures and we’ve achieved some pretty impressive growth stats for July.

Visits to the the site were over 1.35 million; making that a month on month increase of 25 per cent.

Unique users and page views on were also both up by a record 24 per cent standing at 922,000 users and over 10.7 million pages viewed in July. Once we have fully integrated it looks like these figures will grow even further!

We’re delighted that so many of you are enjoying and we’re finding all your feedback really helpful, so keep it coming.

August 4, 2009 at 8:23 AM Leave a comment

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