In response to requests from you, our agents, we’ve made updates to our site to become the first major UK portal to offer a dedicated contact form for Scottish Home Reports to facilitate consumer access to them .
When a property is sold in Scotland, a Home Report must be produced for the property prior to it coming to market. Potential buyers typically request to see the document for properties they’re interested in before a viewing, making them essential for home movers.
Following feedback from agents who attended our Scottish Town Hall last November, a new ‘Home Report’ button has been added to the details page for all Scottish residential resale listings. This function can also be turned off for specific listings in circumstances where the document isn’t needed. Available to all OnTheMarket agents in Scotland, the feature allows for leads to be sent to you quickly and easily by any consumer requesting a Home Report.
Property seekers will be asked to fill in a few contact details before submitting their request for the document and a lead enquiry will then be sent to the you via email so you can share the Home Report. You can also send Home Reports directly to us here at OnTheMarket via your datafeed providing this is supported by your feed provider. You can also upload them via OnTheMarket Expert so that consumers can be sent the document directly by us when requested. When this process is followed, you’ll then receive an email notification that a Home Report has been shared, along with contact details to follow up the lead.
In addition, closing dates and times can now be made visible on Scottish listings for sale. The new functionality allows you to upload closing dates for offers via OnTheMarket Expert or your feed, if your feed provider supports this option. Once specified, closing dates will be visible in property listing details. A countdown clock also will appear on the listing 72 hours ahead of closing to notify consumers of the upcoming deadline, encouraging them to submit their offer.
In order to also support our agents who let properties in Scotland who are obliged to publish their Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) with their listings, you can also add your LARN to your details within OnTheMarket Expert at branch level so this information can appear within the details of each of your lettings listings.
Discussing our latest updates to the site, our Chief Executive Officer, Jason Tebb, said: “Since joining the business, my aim has been to listen to our agents and ensure their portal supports them in the best way possible. I’m delighted that our latest updates are yet another example of us introducing new functionality as a direct response to feedback from agents attending our Town Halls.
Being able to make closing dates visible on listings and giving consumers the chance to request and access Home Reports for listings via our portal will not only encourage more leads for our agents, but will also aid serious property seekers in making the first steps of their homebuying process more efficient.”
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