OnTheMarket continues to openly challenge the figures released by Zoopla to the UK stock market. Just over a week ago Zoopla provided the market with a trading update and in that update it reported that its listings number had increased from 828k to 882k as at 31 July 2015.
However, OnTheMarket is claiming that Zoopla might be adding international listing numbers to it UK listing numbers to reach 882k total listings. They also suggest that Zoopla might be also adding in shared accommodation listings from EasyRoomMate into its overall listings numbers.
Suffice to say, the battle between Zoopla and OnTheMarket continues. Interestingly the stock market has reacted positively to the Zoopla update with the shares trading higher since the announcement.
Here is the press release from OnTheMarket
In its Trading Statement of 12 August, Zoopla Property Group claimed that its "listings inventory" had risen by 7% from 828,000 on 1 April to 882,000 on 31 July.
Agents' Mutual queried this, noting that whilst Zoopla's UK sales and lettings search pages claimed property numbers totalling 878,288, searches conducted on the Zoopla website on 12 August returned just 675,540 properties in England, Scotland and Wales.
It is interesting to note that Zoopla has since reduced the claimed property numbers on its UK sales and lettings search pages so that the total now comes to 692,058 (as at 22 August).
Zoopla's Overseas Sales page now shows a figure for properties for sale which, at 22 August, was 152,592 properties. Adding this to the claimed UK number gives 844,650, which is presumably Zoopla's total property listings - implying a fall from the 882,000 claimed on 12 August.
It does appear that Zoopla may have been including its Overseas property listings within the UK residential property figures it has provided to the market for some time.
The figure of 692,058 for UK sales and lettings properties includes Shared Accommodation (provided by EasyRoomMate) and listings which are Sold Subject to Contract or Let.
A search on Zoopla as at 22 August excluding those categories produced a figure for available properties for sale or to let in England, Scotland and Wales of 422,492. Similar searches conducted on 20 September 2014 and 28 January 2015 produced 614,335 and 440,266 properties respectively, confirming that Zoopla's available property stock fell substantially at the launch of OnTheMarket.com and has continued to fall since that time as it has continued to lose overall share of agents, UK property stock and traffic to the market leader and to OnTheMarket.com.