In 2008, the Zoopla website transformed the property portal landscape with the introduction of a highly differentiated proposition providing data and delivering transparency to empower consumers to make smarter property decisions. Our automated valuation model providing instant ‘Zoopla estimates’ for every home in the country has become a national obsession in the UK. And our many other consumer-friendly tools from ‘Listings history’ to ‘Local info’ have continued to lead innovation and transparency in the market. This unique combination of market-leading research and search tools has made Zoopla an essential resource for consumers throughout their property journey.
As part of our mission to help consumers throughout the entire property lifecycle, ZPG acquired uSwitch, the UK’s number one home services comparison website, in 2015. This acquisition marked the start of a multi-year product journey to integrate a host of new services across the property platform, empowering consumers to make even better-informed decisions when finding, moving or managing their home and further differentiating ZPG’s consumer proposition. Our ‘Running costs’ tool on the Zoopla website is an example of this integration, designed to give consumers a view on the total occupancy costs for any property.
As a standalone platform, uSwitch continues to lead the home-services price comparison market saving consumers hundreds of millions of pounds each year and helping them find the best services to meet their needs. With a strong market position in energy and communications switching uSwitch has made significant progress over the past year in new areas including credit card and bank account switching. uSwitch has become an essential service for consumers looking to get the best deal on their home services.
In 2016 ZPG acquired Property Software Group, the UK’s leading supplier of software and workflow tools to the property industry. This acquisition is a significant step towards ZPG becoming the most effective partner for UK property professionals and enables ZPG to offer a one-stop shop solution to help them market their inventory, manage their business and maximise their revenue opportunities.
In the past six months ZPG has acquired leading estate agent website design and hosting business Technicweb and most recently Hometrack, the UK’s leading provider of residential property market insights and analytics and Expert Agent the Cloud based SaaS workflow tools and website products for property professionals.