Homes & Gardens

Best Sites for Finding a Property

Look, like, buy, love with our handy list of sites...

Location, location, location, Grand Designs, Property Ladder, yes we’re nothing if not addicted to property shows here at The GWG, in light of our enduring fixation with all things residential, we’ve scoured the web to bring you the very best sites for finding a property online, whether you’re a serious buyer with a mortgage to boot or you’re just looking for a way to inspire yourself to riches, these sites will have you salivating.

Zoopla is a favourite bookmark of ours here at the GWG. The site was shortlisted in our Website of the Year Awards in 2009, and it’s just gotten better and better ever since, becoming one of the go-to sites of property hunting since its launch in 2008. Sporting super smooth navigation and a sleek layout, it’s not just a looker however, but an incredibly extensive database of properties for your perusal.

The Modern House

If you’re on the hunt for a property that stands out, turn to The Modern House, the site that handpicks the top of the property crop for is customers. It’s modern, it’s hip, it’s a state-of-the-art website for state-of-the-art properties. Follow their blog for scintillating features on the extra special houses up for grabs, including luxurious Rochester house boats, swanky mid-Century Spanish estates, and modern Cambridge houses granted listed status.

Wow Haus

Wow Haus is a great site to use for property inspiration. Want to drool ver pictures of 1930’s art deco houses, a property designed by Alan Camp, or an Irish island complete with a house by Andrew Wright? Then look no further. Wow Haus also features rare internet findings, such as the amazing photographs of a disused airport control tower on a farm in Shropshire. 

Period Property

A great site for anyone crazy about period properties; sellers can upload images to the site and speculative buyers can contact them sellers directly – cutting out the middle man should you so choose. There are some incredible period gems scattered across Britain, and this site leads them right to your door. They even feature their ‘best finds of the week’, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t find that dream period property; if it exists chances are it’s on this site.

We’ve featured Move Hut before but we just can’t help reminding you of the brilliance of this brilliant portal to commercial and lettings properties across the UK. Many sites will charge you to join, but not Move Hut; you’re free to browse at your own leisure and you don’t even have to register. Simple to navigate, with no pop-ups or ads, Move Hut helps you personalise your commercial property needs, and find the one that most suits your lifestyle, hopes or dreams.

Another favourite is Tepilo; a site that helps us avoid agents when purchasing, selling, letting or renting a property – and it’s 100% free. The Tepilos will help you throughout the whole process; providing advice and improvement suggestions; they’ll even hosts the negotiation process to smooth the process. And if you’re wondering what the name means, it comes from founder Sarah Beeny’s father, and the ‘wonderland’ in the stories he used to tell her as a child. It couldn’t be more fitting – Tepilo is heaven on earth for buyers and sellers alike.

Empty House List

Locating a deserted house to refurbish has been made easier than ever by winner of Creative Pioneer 2012, Marc Francis. Sign up and gain access to thousands of London properties that might need some of your TLC, complete with photos and video footage to help you find your next project.

October 2012.