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Property Relisting Juggling Illegal

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Portal juggling involves the deliberate removal of properties on major property portals before relisting them to make them appear new on the market, thus putting them to the top of the list of new properties as well as triggering a possible new property alert to potential buyers.

....It confirmed that the practice is illegal and could lead to prosecution.

I don't see why this should be illegal? It's like a bumping an old HPC thread. I'd say let the buyer beware. They don't have to buy at that price. In fact IT should be legalised. It could be a standard extra service that EA's could provide. Would you like to have Automatic relisting every 3 months for £100/year it's on the market? Every buyer has the same tools to filter lists, so no one is at a disadvantage.

Is re-listing on ebay illegal? No. Ebay gets a fee, interest in the market is stimulated. New buyers will get an alert who weren't around when the item was first listed. Etc.

In fact, house listings should have a time limit and the £100/year charge will focus the mind of the seller. 3 years later, and unsold? Paid £300 in relisting charges? Something is wrong. This forces the seller to think about LOWERING their price.

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I don't see why this should be illegal? It's like a bumping an old HPC thread. I'd say let the buyer beware.

While I deplore the practice, as you say its not a matter that requires state intervention IMO.

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Obviously, it won't be enforced by the agents who are a law unto themselves. The change will come from RIghtmove or Zoopla who need to come down hard on this even more so than now. Not only does it p1ss people off, it's apparently "illegal" too.

BTW, posting this here in case anyone finds it useful (shameless plug)

http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/203556-are-the-shires-crashing/?p=1103056696

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Obviously, it won't be enforced by the agents who are a law unto themselves. The change will come from RIghtmove or Zoopla who need to come down hard on this even more so than now. Not only does it p1ss people off, it's apparently "illegal" too.

Do Rightmove and Zoopla receive payment when a property is relisted?

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While I deplore the practice, as you say its not a matter that requires state intervention IMO.

It's like forbidding old HPC topics to be bumped. Someone does occasionally do think it is a new thread, and the first few repliers get fooled. But in the end no harm is done.

More fool to people who click "BUY NOW £375,000 shoebox" as soon as it is relisted.

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How the bloody hell is this illegal, as well as protecting the endless fukwits on twitter who have a nervous breakdown about someone being horrible to them the filth and courts now have to deal with an agent removing property and relisting it.

Modern life just seems to get more bizarre by the day.

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I do find it highly irritating when some overpriced s***hole that's been sat on the market for 3 years gets briefly withdrawn then relisted as a new property without even the slightest price reduction and sadly I do think there are some f***wits out there who are gullible enough to fall for it.

Unless you've got an up to date version of PB it's not possible to use the standard tools on RM to discover the true length of time it's been sat on the market.

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If one's looking in vain (and despair) every day for a vaguely suitable abode for a reasonable price you get to know what's available in the search area and soon notice such tricks. Reduced properties are also re-listed on RM (don't know about zoopla) which is useful.

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