The idea to create a group to unite independent estate and letting agents into one voice in the UK has been given the go-ahead, but the possibility of a portal to help challenge existing corporates has been put on ice for at least a year.
The preliminary meeting of the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents was held late last week in London after considerable industry publicity.
The founding members will include a group of over ten realty heavyweights including Donald Collins of Go View London and Tom Bloomfield of Bloomfield Grey.
A statement by CIELA after the meeting, addressed head-on the controversial issue of a possible portal to challenge existing players and to help monetise the content held by independent agents.
The statement says: “The question of whether or not a challenger portal might be launched was not discussed at this meeting, but it was re-confirmed by the Club Founder Charlie Wright that, even if the club succeeds in gathering the required support to launch, and even if members demand a vote and vote in favour of launching a new portal, such a vote is, at the very soonest, one year away, and a portal offering does not constitute part of the launch plans of the CIELA organisation.”