Ashington Page and Kingshills, two of South Buck’s most experienced estate agents, are today announcing their adoption of technology from UK proptech innovator Offr.
Harnessing Offr’s technology will allow agents from both agencies to reduce transaction times and offer efficiency and transparency for all parties in what, for many, is a very protracted and stressful experience.
The partnerships will be overseen by South Bucks-based Peter Everett, Offr’s UK Head of Agency. Peter was UK Head of Sales for Hamptons before joining Offr in late 2020. The firms involved are Ashington Page and Kinghsills, leading agents in the area.
Ashington Page, based in Beaconsfield is led by Gareth Ashington, who has successfully worked in the local market for 38 years. Stephen Grace is the owner and director of Kingshills, which is based in Hazelmore. Before establishing Kingshills, he was the Managing Director of JNP.
Offr’s technology is integrated on the estate agent’s website, enabling buyers, sellers and solicitors to interact 24/7 with the agent. Buyers can download marketing and legal documents, conduct virtual tours, set alerts, book viewings, ask questions, make offers and upload supporting documentation. The platform also supports digital signatures and online payments and can also facilitate online auctions. The speed of the platform means that when the electronic gavel falls there is an immediate exchange of contracts and so no risk of a deal falling through.
Kingshills are launching their first two online auctions, both in High Wycombe using the Offr platform, while Ashington Page are beginning using the technology on a few of their traditional sales.
Stephen Grace Comments ‘’ Kingshills Estate Agents was set up knowing how quickly the technological world is changing within Estate Agency and being one of the forerunners with new tech Stephen couldn’t wait to launch Offr. Everyone at Kingshills believes that online auctions are open and transparent and cuts out a lot of the delays that we see when a property sale takes place. This way of selling also helps clients that need to sell quickly and securely for whatever reason. We already have two clients wanting to sell this way as time is of the essence for them’’.
Gareth Ashington noted the potential the platform holds for Ashington Page: “We are always looking for ways to simplify the process for our sellers and buyers and Covid 19 has encouraged us to do that even more. The Offr technology will bring us greater engagement with our website and for the first time will make it a transactional website. We are also excited at the prospect of being able to offer auctions for the first time without requiring a third party.”
Peter Everett added, “I have known both Gareth and Stephen for a number of years and have always admired and respected them from my time as a competing agent. However, now it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to support them and empower their businesses with the technology that will transform the home-moving experience for all concerned.
We are hoping that we can add other agents across the country to make house buying more seamless, transparent, quicker and less frustrating for everyone involved in the process through our white-label technology.”
Offr was founded in 2019 and is backed by Barclays Bank. Offr raised €3m in 2020 and is part of the Reach UK development programme supported by the National Association of Estate Agents.
Offr has led the way in digitising the property market last year as they launched in the UK and Ireland and built towards expansions in Australia and the US. The pandemic did not halt Offr’s growth – new users have been growing at a rate of 43% per month since January, while the total increase of new accounts per month from January to July is 560%. Meanwhile, more than 5,000 new user accounts have been created since March. Offr also conducted the world’s first entirely digital property transaction in March during the pandemic outbreak.
Offr enables fast, digital property transactions for traditional real estate agents and buyers, from offer to exchange, on any device, at any time, and from anywhere in the world.
Launched in September 2019, Offr is digitising the 10 million+ offers that are submitted manually and verbally to buy, rent and lease property in the UK, Australia and Ireland every year. A smart, real-time technology that sits embedded on a commercial or residential agent’s website, Offr allows people to submit secure, recorded offers to buy or rent property from their mobile device, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Photo ID and Proof-of-Funds ensure that agents receive offers from genuine, qualified buyers.
2021 is set to be a landmark year for Offr as they lead the way in digitising the property market through a period of major disruption and build towards expansions in Australia and
the US. The pandemic has not stymied Offr’s growth – they recently raised €3 million, led by Barclays, to drive expansions. New users have been growing at a rate of 43% per month since January, while the total increase of new accounts per month from January to July is 560%. Meanwhile, more than 5,000 new user accounts have been created since March. Offr also conducted the world’s first entirely digital property transaction in March during the pandemic outbreak.