The Differences Between Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation and Mashroom

Rightmove and Zoopla are the UK’s most popular property websites, attracting over 135 million visitors each month between them.

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Each one offers the same basic service, listing properties for people to either sell, buy, rent or any combination of the three. These sites are incredibly popular because they’re easy to use, so people can look for their new home on their lunch break and sellers know they are getting huge amounts of virtual viewers looking at their home on a daily basis. Beyond the basic listing service, Rightmove and Zoopla differentiate their websites with the additional features they offer their visitors.

What does Rightmove do?

Rightmove houses over one million properties, which makes it the UK’s number one property portal. On Rightmove, estate agents, letting agents and new home developers advertise for their clients to help them buy, sell or let their properties.

You can navigate the site as a tenant searching for properties, or as a landlord searching for agents in your local area with whom you can advertise your property. Beyond standard property or agent searching, Rightmove has an Advice guide centre with tips and advice for buyers, sellers, renters, landlords and students. You can also find calculators to help you figure out your mortgage’s affordability, repayment, and how much stamp tax you will pay.

What does Zoopla do?

Zoopla also has over one million listed properties and is the second most popular property advertising in the UK, offering similar services to Rightmove. However, their main audience is renters and homeowners, with an additional service for agents. They can help people find a residential property either in the UK or in eighty other countries from around the world, and they also advertise commercial properties.

Some of the most useful features of Zoopla’s website is their comprehensive data around house prices and values, their travel time search feature, and their free agent valuations. They also have various calculators and guides for a variety of property-buying needs.

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What does PrimeLocation do?

PrimeLocation is a part of Zoopla’s brand and, like Zoopla, it helps buyers find homes and connect sellers with agents who can help advertise your property, whether you’re looking to sell or rent it out. It also has commercial agents, as well as international agents to assist with selling properties in over sixty countries.

What does Mashroom do? 

In order to advertise your property on Rightmove or Zoopla, you’ll need the help of an agent, as individuals cannot post their properties on these sites by themselves. If you’re looking to let your property, Mashroom can help. Unlike most letting agents, Mashroom lists your property on Rightmove, Zoopla and PrimeLocation completely free of charge.

Not only will your property also be listed on the lettings market and advertised on Mashroom, you’ll be able to use Mashroom’s platform to manage your viewings, organise contracts or renewal arrangements, manage rent payments, and get notified about maintenance issues.

There are also add-ons available for protecting your property and covering it against any emergencies. If you’re planning on using an agent to advertise your property online, choose an agent with extra incentives that are more likely to get your property rented quickly and efficiently.

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Mashroom isn’t just for landlords! For tenants looking to move out of their current property, Mashroom has created a unique referral offer called the Tenant Team Up that can help tenants earn a bit of extra cash by holding viewings for new tenants.

Tenants simply invite their landlord to the platform, coordinate and host the viewings before handing off the rest of the process to their landlord. As a reward, the tenant will receive one week’s worth of rent straight into their account after the new tenant has moved in.

Times have changed and it is increasingly unlikely to buy, sell, rent or let a property without posting it on online platforms such as Rightmove and Zoopla. However, the property website market is getting more and more saturated, with similar websites offering similar services cropping up on a regular basis.

Whether you want competitive offers when selling your home, or you want to make letting your property a smooth, painless operation, make sure your agent is going the extra mile to get your property needs met.

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