ODOS Properties featured in The Property Natter section of Estate Agent Today, talking about their new ODOS Forum feature.
You can read the following post written by The Property Natter written by Nat Daniels the CEO of Angels Media -
"A forum asking for truth and honesty
Regular readers of the Natter will know I’m always keen to shout out about new initiatives in the property world, and the other week James Graham from ODOS Properties – which describes itself as a new breed of estate agent – got in contact to let us know about a new function it had launched.
The nationwide estate agent has just launched a forum to help home buyers, sellers, investors, landlords and developers talk to each other and ask for assistance from one another in similar situations.
“Our aim is to make the property process transparent and hassle-free and this is one of the ways we thought we could do it by letting people share experiences, non-biased recommendations and discussing the industry in general – it’s all free for people and we aim to create a large network where anyone having an issue can contact one another or one of our team,” James told me.
“We wanted to start a forum to give people a free platform in which they can ask anything about estate agency and have it answered in an unbiased, honest manner by other members of the public who have been through similar situations. We explored other forums out there - they were either small or based on Facebook and many fell victim to pop-up adverts, spam and crude comments/ links.”
He went on: “ODOS Properties was created after first-hand bad experiences with an estate sgent so we integrate technology and software into everything we do, along with an ethical and transparent approach. We have grown from selling investment properties and people’s homes across the West Midlands since we began three years ago and we’ve gone from strength to strength simply by looking and being ‘different’.
“We feel that people should be able to speak to us and have their questions answered honestly. We want to provide a free community where people can speak without retribution about good and bad experiences that they have received from estate agents and hopefully we can dispel some of the myths about how bad we all are and re-establish people's faith in estate agents as a whole.”
He added: “We want to make the house selling and buying process as stress-free and as simple as possible and want to get that message out there to as many people as possible and we feel that an open forum is the best way to spread that message. The forum will be free forever and no pop-up ads will be on our site.”
A very innovative initiative that could certainly help in improving the reputation of agents in the eyes of the public – it’ll be interesting to see if it catches on elsewhere."
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