New in London? These 11 proptech startups will help you find your home

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In London, the housing crisis is on the rise. Seeing the ever increasing house prices, home ownership becomes a dream for many. And, people resort to more affordable rental or sharing options.

There are several hundreds of thousands of search portals, service providers and real estate agents who help you find a home. But the task is quite exasperating and might take you hours or even days. There are reports that it is arduous for millennials and they end of giving it up.

To address these issues, a number of proptech startups have mushroomed in London. These startups leverage technology to disrupt the property market. The term proptech includes many options ranging from renting, selling and buying. Here, we have listed 10 proptech startups that help you find a home in London as sourced from Dealroom.

Yopa

Founders: Alistair Barclay, Andrew Barclay, Daniel Attia, David Jacobs
Funding: €93.1 million

Yopa founded in 2015 makes the process of selling home simple and transparent. It gives sellers a dedicated local Yopa agent who will guide them throughout the process of the sale with the convenience of online service. Moreover, it is transparent as it connects you with the sellers directly establishing a communication.

Rightmove

Founders: Alex Dail

Rightmove founded in 2000 is one of the largest property portals in the UK. This proptech startup was founded with the intention to empower decision making related to property. The company’s sophisticated yet simple platform to search property makes the task of finding a home easy.

onefinestay

Founders: Demetrios Zoppos, Evan Frank, Greg Marsh, Tim Davey
Funding: €73.6 million

In 2009, onefinestay was established to create a new category of accommodation and an offer unparalleled level of service for homeowners and travellers. Back in 2016, the startup was acquired by AccorHotels and is now one of the leading luxury private rental brands in the world. Now, this company is all set to redefine the hospitality industry by providing individualised stays and services in carefully chosen homes across the world.

Student.com

Founders: JP Jones, Luke Nolan, Shakil Khan
Funding: €63.6 million

Student.com is a leading marketplace for international student housing. Started in 2011, the company helps students find the perfect home in a foreign land. It has helped thousands of students find a home abroad. They have the most carefully chosen and widest range of rooms specifically built for students.

easyProperty

Founders: Robert Ellice
Funding: €49.2 million

easyProperty is a part of easyGroup, which includes services such as easyHotel, easyBus, easyHolidays, easyJet and easyGym. It was founded in 2013 with the mission to revolutionise the proptech industry and help consumers find a home in an easier and relatively affordable way. Moreover, easyProperty is a part of eProp services PLC, a leading UK residential property group.

Zoopla

Founders: Simon Kain
Funding: €29.7 million

Zoopla is the most comprehensive property website in the UK. It was founded in 2007 with the focus to empower users with the resources they require so that they make better-informed property decisions. The company helps consumers find their next home by researching the property listings. Zoopla offers a transparent service and is quite efficient as well.

Appear Here

Founders: Ross Bailey
Funding: €19.5 million

Appear Here is an online marketplace for short-term rentals launched in 2013. This startup is active throughout the UK and also exists in the US and Paris. Now, the company is focusing on introducing more tools and expand its presence in new locations so that it can take its ideas to the next level and serve the growing community better.

homie.rent

Founders: Alexander Eid, Louis Eid, Sami Eid
Funding: €5.1 million

In 2016, homie.rent was founded with a mission to help you find a new home at ease. This company makes it a hassle-free experience for renters and agents. The company works with agents to get qualified and ready to move tenants. The company values integrity and honesty that makes it grow faster and works with the renter first intention.

OpenRent

Founders: Adam Hyslop, Darius Bradbury
Funding: €4.9 million

OpenRent is an online renting service operating as an alternative to the usual renting agents. Started in 2012, this proptech startup provides a complete suite of services to both landlords and tenants. The company includes property advertising and tenancy management tools as well.

Lyvly

Founders: Philip Laney
Funding: €4.2 million

Lyvly was created with the desire to bring community in the lives of people and believes that communities start at home. This proptech startup matches housemates with quality homes and enables an effortless and shared living. The company manages everything such as managing bills and services including housekeeping, dishwasher tablets and lightbulbs replacement.

Movebubble

Founders: Aidan Rushby, Logan Estop Hall, Tony Edwards
Funding: €3.8 million

Movebubble is the leading property rental app in London. It will update your property feed in real-time and help you find out a property easily. The feed will be updated in such a way that it removes the properties that are occupied from the app. Movebubble takes feedback from users and enhances the experience of finding a rental property.

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Acerca de Lucas Vargas:

  • Empezó en Grupo ZAP como el VP de Sales y en 2016 cuando la empresa tenía 60 empleados. Fue nombrado COO de VivaReal tomando el mando de Brian Requarth el Co-Fundador. VivaReal lanzó en Colombia y se trasladó a Brasil. En 2017 se hizo CEO del Grupo ZAP.
  • Ha trabajado en Mexico en PWC y en el Banco Santander
  • Tiene un Master de Business Administration de Harvard
  • En noviembre este año después de la fusión de OLX Brasil y Grupo ZAP fue nombrado el CEO del OLX Business Unit. Lidera la empresa junto con Andries Oudshoorn y Marcos Leite
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Simon Baker is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Online Marketplaces and Property Portal Watch. Involved with property portals for 15 years, he’s a well-recognized expert and industry consultant.
As former CEO/MD of the REA Group for 8 years, Simon led the group to its current market-leading position. When he joined REA Group in 2001, it had $4m in revenues, $6m in losses and an $8m market cap.
By 2008, the company presided over $155m in revenues, $35m in EBITDA and enjoyed a peak market cap of $1b. Simon is currently Chairman of the Mitula Group and Real Estate Investar and a serial portal founder and, investor.