UK property listing website Zoopla has launched a “Property Archive” feature this morning, enabling website visitors to view over 2 million property listings and providing them with more information to make better “property-related decisions”.
The Property Archive encompasses properties from across the UK which have either been on sale or have been available to rent over the past ten years, displaying photos, detailed descriptions, asking prices (at the time) and the date when the property was listed. Found under the “Home Values” section of the Zoopla website, each house is marked with a “H” if it is a historic listing.
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To demonstrate how the listing works, Zoopla has provided a house that is politically very sensitive at present, showing the historic listing of 7-bedroom home which is said to be owned by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second-eldest son of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi. The house has been occupied by squatters, protesting the current unrest in Libya.
Zoopla’s new feature adds more functionality to a website that already provides information on 16 million UK homes, providing users with pricing paid at the time. Whilst is serves a practical use, it also allows people to see what their house looked like years before they moved there.
The company recently released new smartphone apps as it continues its charge to disrupt traditional property listing market.
Alex Chesterman, Founder and CEO of Zoopla.co.uk said:
“We believe that one of the key benefits of the web is its ability to make useful information free and easily accessible to everyone. The launch of this innovative feature reinforces our position as the leading UK website for both property search and property research. Whilst historic property prices paid have been available online for some time, the ability to now match these to photos and descriptions of the property at that time is totally unique and will become an essential research tool for house hunters to help them make smarter property decisions.”