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  • Buy-to-Let

    Anyone used 99Home to let their property?

    As I mentioned in a previous article (Frustrations with OpenRent. Who else?),  I am completely put off with OpenRent and won't be using them any longer.

    This got me thinking and started doing some research on what other companies I could use to get my property on Rightmove where the price isn't ridiculous. My previous go-to was Upad but at £149 just for to advertise seems a bit pricey to me.

    Best company I found so far is 99 Home - Only £49 to advertise your property which also includes a full tenant referencing worth £40.

    That seems like a great deal. Interested to know if anyone has used them before or another company you would recommend.

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    I don’t know the ones you mention but have used Easyproperty. Their pricing is the same as Openrent.
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    >  "Their pricing is the same as Openrent."

    Openrent is £30. Easy property is £100

    What part is the same?

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    I use OpenRent because it gives you access to RightMove for less than £30. I don't need all the other bells and whistles so am very reluctant to pay for what won't be used.

    Has anyone found anything that compares with OR's basic plan just to get on RightMove?

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    Landlord with 25 years’ experience in the property market and a specialist in tenant referencing, ID and credit screening. Creator of identity, credit and anti-money laundering system ValidID.co.uk

    Yes Chris, 99 home.

    OpenRent charge £30. If you then reference a tenant, that's £20. So £50 just for the basics.

    Like I stated in my original post, with 99home, it's £49 which includes referencing and one free day premium listing on rightmove. Here is the link

    So if anything, you get more with 99 home.

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    Sorry I think I misunderstood you. When you said 1 day RM it’s 1 day of premium? 

    I have never used premium RM so don’t know its benefit. To be fair when we list on RM the property is rarely on for more than a week. 

    My sticking point is £30 to £50 as explained that £20 extra doesn’t benefit me and as I’ve said I can live without RM premium. 

    I just don’t see why no one competes with OpenRent at this price point for just the property portals and no bolt-ons.
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    Landlord with 25 years’ experience in the property market and a specialist in tenant referencing, ID and credit screening. Creator of identity, credit and anti-money laundering system ValidID.co.uk

    Chris how much do you pay for referencing a tenant? Do you do that via OpenRent?

    I do agree with your last paragraph though. Surprised there isn't more competition just for a no-frills, no-nonsese service of getting your property on rightmove.

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    Hi Adam other than staff wages nothing. I have been managing a portfolio for over 25 years so in that time have developed sophisticated techniques to verify the authenticity of referees as such would only trust my team to get the best out of the referencing and credit checking process. 

    I have looked at other referencing solutions but it has been my opinion they can be floored and as a result easily manipulated by unscrupulous tenants. 

    Bearing in mind I am paying staff to do other things and not to just sit there and do references I estimate with a credit check my referencing process costs me in the region of about £4.
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    Landlord with 25 years’ experience in the property market and a specialist in tenant referencing, ID and credit screening. Creator of identity, credit and anti-money laundering system ValidID.co.uk

    Ok fair enough I see your point. As you wouldn't benefit from 1 free reference from 99 home, there would be no value for you to pay £50 instead of £30.





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    I have used them in the past and I didn't have any issues with them, but personally i'm just looking for a cheap way to get my property on Rightmove.

    Like Chris says above, not looking for other bells and whistles, and at £149, that's pretty steep.

    Openrent's offering of £29 is very competitive, but as my recent experience has shown, you get what you pay for. They are not without their faults plus customer service is non-existent.

    99 home's offering seems promising. Let's see how it goes.

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