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      25.04.2010 08:33
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      A great way to track a property's listing.

      I am currently trying to find a house to buy and someone told me about property bee which I think is really useful so I thought I would review it on here. It enables you to track changes in a property listing.

      Property bee is a tool which is used alongside house hunting websites. The most common one and the one that I use is www.rightmove.co.uk. It is also used alongside daft.ie, propertynews.com, espc.co.uk, gspc.co.uk and sspc.co.uk.

      It is a toolbar that is free to download. It is funded by donations from users but you don't have to donate if you don't want to. They are also planning to run a fund raising even this year.

      The one draw back to the toolbar is that it has to be used with Firefox as the browser so you can't use Safari on the Mac, or Windows explorer. However, it is quite straightforward to download Firefox too and doesn't cost anything except a few more minutes of your time.

      Once you have Firefox, you open up the website for Property Bee and click on a link which downloads the toolbar. There is also a full instruction guide which with screen shots and help if you are finding it difficult.

      Once the toolbar is installed, when you go to sites like rightmove, and view the properties (still using firefox) then under each listing it gives an easy to understand history of what has happened to the property listing. For example, it tells you if a property has changed in price and from what to what, if a description has changed, if it was taken off the market and put back on, or if it was sold subject to contract but then relisted. The dates that all the different changes happened are listed alongside as well.

      This is useful information to have when you want to check what the estate agent has said, or to see whether you can use it in negotiations. For example, if you know a property has been on the market a long time, then the vendor is more likely to accept a lower offer.

      I have found the site really useful and will continue to use it.


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