Zoopla provides incredibly detailed information about homes throughout the country, regardless of whether they are for sale or not.
What we liked: The site?s unique approach lets you monitor house prices closely, place offers on properties that are not even on the market and pre-empt potential sales when the time is right.
Zoopla?s AskMe section lets you request and share advice on property-related issues, from general questions about moving house to specific information about the quality of pubs in a particular area. The site provides a wealth of useful content, including sale prices dating back to 2000 and current estimates for more than 26 million homes in the UK.
Sellers can list their houses free of charge, while the site?s user-friendly design makes it easy for prospective buyers to contact them with questions or offers. Click the entry for an individual property and you?ll find detailed local information ? including school performance, council tax charges and crime figures ? along with graphs of value trends and a birds-eye photo from Microsoft Virtual Earth.
How it can be improved:
The sheer volume of information can seem a little overwhelming at first. Also, while properties that aren?t currently on the market can be filtered out of search results, it?s not immediately obvious how to do so.
Zoopla is an excellent source of property advice and information. It sports a smart design, is very easy to use and gives you the opportunity to research all you need to know about millions of houses in the UK from the comfort of your PC.
Reviewed: Issue 199 (23 October - 5 November 2008)