Flat hunting

February 13, 2007

As you might have noticed from them links section at the side of the page, or indeed if you’ve met me in person, I’m currently flat hunting with Jude. This means having to deal with estate agents, who are far from my favourite category of person, what with the shiftiness, unreliability, misinformation and general air of spiviness. It makes dealing with those few professionals one comes across a relative pleasure.

To try to keep up with the supposed “web 2.0” (horrible phrase) theme to this blog, Find a Property is very good, Loot is a huge database but is poorly maintained, and Gumtree is useful in its “community authorship” way, but is unfortunately hijacked by estate agents. None of these websites seem to offer RSS feeds, which seems like such an obvious way of advertsiing new properties. Do I spy a market opportunity? (Answer: no, probably not).

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4 Responses to “Flat hunting”

  1. Dan Says:

    Find A Property don’t seem to update their listings particularly often, though – I remember we went through about 20 places, all of which had been rented a week or so before, but which were still visible. Also, they appear to do this deliberately in some cases, luring you with the promise of a good flat, but then pulling the traditional “Yes, well, we’ve got something else you might like” ploy – which inevitably means looking at a grubby bedsit above a crackhouse in deepest Hackney.

    Still, good luck with the hunt!

  2. neilstewart Says:

    I suppose Find a Property rely on information supplied by estate agents, who seem unable to organise the proverbial piss-up in a brewery, and who also to some extent rely on phonecalls to generate business.

  3. Tom Says:

    http://www.nestoria.co.uk/
    is a very “web 2.0” site in the sense that it has a google “Mash-up” and rss feeds spewing out of every available orifice.

  4. neilstewart Says:

    That’s a pretty cool site!


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