Zoopla Ltd and Digital Property Group to merge
14th October 2011
Zoopla Ltd and The Digital Property Group Ltd today announced that they have agreed to merge their respective businesses in a deal that will deliver enhanced value and performance to both their users and members and will create a credible challenger to long-standing market leader, Rightmove.
The merger is set to be a big win for estate agents and housebuilders across the UK, creating a clear alternative in a market that has had a single dominant player for a number of years. The combined business will be in a position to offer a superior value proposition and wider exposure and is expected to result in an audience to rival Rightmove, delivering at least as many enquiries to its members.
And for consumers either searching for property to buy or rent or doing market research, the combination will deliver a number of benefits including significantly greater coverage of property listings and enhanced features to help empower them with the resources that they need to make better-informed decisions in the UK residential property market.
The merger will bring together a complementary set of brands including Findaproperty.com, Zoopla.co.uk and Primelocation.com.
Alex Chesterman, Founder & CEO of Zoopla.co.uk said: “This deal will be transformational for both businesses allowing us to compete effectively in a market where it takes significant investment to challenge the current market leader. But more importantly, the deal will deliver real value for UK estate agents and developers and we will be in a position to provide them with the widest possible exposure and be their most cost-efficient marketing partner."
Mark Milner, CEO of the Digital Property Group said, “The combined strengths of both businesses will result in world class products and a team that continues to lead innovation for property consumers and agents alike. The focus will remain on providing market-leading products for our users, and an excellent service in terms of value and performance for our members, and this deal will allow us to deliver even further on that mission.”
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Notes to editors
Zoopla is the UK's most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering users with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. We help consumers both find their next home and research the market by combining hundreds of thousands of property listings with market data, local information and community tools.
At Zoopla we are fans of transparency and everything we do is aimed at making the market more efficient for both property consumers and advertisers alike. Zoopla has rapidly become the UK’s leading online destination for property consumers to search for homes and do their market research and the favoured online marketing partner for UK estate agents, letting agents and property developers.
Launched in 2008, Zoopla has since been one of the fastest growing websites in the UK, now attracting over 40 million visits per month and we are proud to have collected numerous awards and accolades along the way, including being named one of the Top 10 UK Tech Companies (Guardian) and one of the Top 10 Most Innovative UK Companies (Smarta).
Zoopla is part of Zoopla Limited which was founded in 2007.
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About Digital Property Group
Digital Property Group is a subsidiary of A&N Media Ltd, and operates property websites Primelocation.com and FindaProperty.com.
Primelocation.com (www.primelocation.com) serves the leading estate agency firms across the UK, including the major national agencies Countrywide, Savills, Knight Frank, Hamptons International, Chesterton Humberts, Strutt & Parker, Cluttons, Carter Jonas, as well as many other London and regional firms.
FindaProperty.com (www.findaproperty.com) offers a comprehensive search facility for house-hunters looking to buy or rent a home. In 2011, FindaProperty.com won Property Portal of the Year in the LSL awards. The site includes independent editorial on the housing market, as well as guides on different aspects of the buying, selling and renting processes, and area profiles including information on council tax rates, school tables and crime rates. Findaproperty.com lists close to 1 million properties for sale or rent from over 12,600 agent branches.