London, United Kingdom, August 08, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Just over a decade ago when the rest of the nation was preoccupied with Millenium fever, Michael Brown was busy formulating an idea he believed could transform the home share market and allow more people to save money during increasingly tough times.
Working as an estate agent in London at the time, Michael, 38, was seeing increasing numbers of customers coming in looking for flat shares and rooms; a service his employer did not offer at the time.
All this wasted potential got him thinking.
Most of the individuals that came in were students or young professionals just getting onto the career ladder, unable to afford a place of their own. Michael could do little but point these home share seekers towards another estate agent, where they would be charged a high commission for the house-finding service.
From this sudden flash of inspiration he began the process of setting up Housepals, an accommodation site for everyone.
Michael's revolutionary strategy was to set up a site where landlords and housemates could connect directly, eliminating the costly rent cut of the estate agent and allow for much more flexibility for the person searching for somewhere to live.
Using his expertise as an estate agent, Michael has been able to keep well in tune with current market trends and adapt the UK based Housepals website more fully to meet the needs of each user. Both would-be landlords and would-be housemates can set up a Housepals profile to be added to the site's listings without paying a penny and start searching for the perfect roommate for their new home.
In addition to the obvious financial savings to be gained through using Housepals to find your new housemates or tenants, the site also gives an increased level of flexibility and choice over the usual routes. Private browsing using the site's convenient search function allows users to more easily factor in their own preferences when it comes to a diverse array of factors including the exact location of the property, house facilities, age and sex of the other tenants and asking rent. Essentially, no longer does an estate agent need to make any presumptions about whether a property is suitable for you, which is surely a huge bonus.
Clearly, given impressive year on year growth of the Housepals brand since the site's creation in 2001, the public are in agreement with Michael that Housepals represents a revolutionary yet practical way to connect with future housemates.
With more and more people joining Housepals by the day, the volume of listings on the site looks set to grow and grow, offering users an ever more varied supply of possible home share opportunities. And as an add-on for those who want to enhance their room finding chances, House Pals also offers a PriorityPal service, where premium subscribers get the chance to contact advertisers before regular users, giving them an even better chance of finding the perfect tenant or house share.
This new level of service looks set to lure greater numbers still to join the Housepals community, Contact the HousePals team for further information.