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We were delighted to read an article in Property Week on friday about online property marketing referencing The Big Property List:
‘Piggy backing on google…the latest nationwide listings portal’
Read the full Property Week article below or if you’re a subscriber you can also read the Property Week article online.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that should answer this question, if it doesn’t or you have further questions then please get in touch.
How do I upload my properties to thebigpropertylist.co.uk?
The property adverts listed on The Big Property List come from Google Maps.
You may have heard that you can now see properties for sale and to rent on Google Maps – well, we take a feed from Google so if your adverts are displayed on Google Maps (and you opt in to ‘re-syndication), they will be displayed on The Big Property List too!
How much does it cost to list my properties on The Big Property List?
Nothing, it’s free. Free to list and free to receive enquiries. We do ask that you link to our website and display our logo on your website to show that your customers that you are marketing their properties on The Big Property List. You can download our logo here. We will shortly be sending out marketing packs with window stickers too – so if you want one please send us your postal address.
Adding property adverts to Google Maps
This can be done manually or by setting up a regular ‘feed’ in the Google Merchant Centre – the file types accepted are tab delimited (text or Excel spreadsheet), RSS and Atom files – these feeds can work in a similar way to the Rightmove feed but are not the same. Your Estate Agent software provider or other partner portals may already be sending your feed to Google Maps, but it’s worth checking the quality of the information they are sending. It is free to submit property adverts to Google Maps.
I’m not very technical, how do I send a feed to Google Maps?
The simplest place to start is to talk to your existing IT support, software vendor or portal about sending your feed to Google Maps – this may be just a click of a button for them. If you do not have this support and would like us to help you set up and manage your feed then we can do this for a fee. If you would like to know more about our feed set-up and optimisation services please get in touch.
Which property portals and software providers already send a feed to Google Maps?
These providers already send a feed to google Maps:
- Web Dadi
- Property Pal
Why do my property adverts show incorrect prices/ have missing information/ few photos or lack detail?
The property adverts at The Big Property List contain information exactly as provided in the ‘feed’ sent to Google Maps. So if the feed lacks a price or contains only a one line description and no photos – this is what will appear in the property advert at The Big Property List.
This is why we recommend a full review of your feed – to get the most out of our free property portal and to maximise the number of enquiries you receive, include as much information in your feed as possible – this means a full description and lots of photos and an uploaded floor plan as a minimum!
If your feed does not contain enough information please get in touch with your IT support/ software provider to discuss it with them.
When I click ‘link to vendor’ on my adverts I don’t get taken to my website – why?
Whoever is submitting your feed to Google Maps (maybe an outside company such as your software provider or another portal) is not using your website address in the feed and may be using their own – so any enquiries and customers may be directed through their website instead of directly to you. You should get in touch with them and request that the links in the feed correspond to the relevant property advert page on your website and that your email address is used as the main contact.
If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask – we have been overwhelmed with enquiries since our recent launch and I hope you will understand that we will try to respond to everyone as promptly as we can.
This blog has been the fore-runner to the full website which will allow UK property owners to market and sell their own home without the services of an Estate Agent.
We’re delighted to announce that the website will be launched very soon, and to celebrate the launch we’ll be offering a standard advertising package (usually £49.99) for FREE whilst the site is growing. This will allow you to upload up to 5 photos and a detailed description of the house and area for interested buyers to view. You will also be able to order a competitively priced Home Information Pack, a For Sale sign and value for money conveyancing services.
In the meantime you can visit the site and register your interest to be notified when the site goes live.
Now, those people willing to conduct viewings and negotiate directly with buyers will now have access to the same knowledge and marketing materials that estate agents use, and will save themselves thousands of pounds in fees. The British public have long questioned the practices and value of estate agents in the sale process but until recently there has been no viable alternative. The age of the internet has seen a shift in buying and selling behaviour and a growing number of people use the internet to research buying decisions from houses to mobile phones and televisions.
We believe that no-one will sell your house as effectively as you. You know the area, you know the house and you know the benefits to living there. And now you have the tools to market the property, with TBPL For Sale signs and the ability to add your property advert to national property portals like fish4homes.co.uk and home.co.uk.
Things are getting better!