Yopa Vs Purplebricks- Which Should You Use As Your Estate Agent?

Yopa & Purplebricks, the two most popular UK online estate agents– how do they compare against one another, and what about the rest of the competition?

Yopa or Purplebricks?

You’re probably not going to like the answer I’m about to serve up, because I’m a feeble, blubbering fool, unable to provide you with a definitive answer.

Purplebricks is considerably more popular, but in all honesty, I don’t think it actually matters which one you choose, because they both pretty much do the same thing for the same price, which is as follows:

Estate AgentRatingDurationIncludes / NotesPrice
Rating
9.3 / 10
TrustPilot Reviews
Duration
12 Months
Includes / Notes

Standard package
  • Markets on Rightmove, Zoopla + more
  • Photograghs
  • Floorplan
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation

*Selling fee of £1,399 in a few specific London postcodes.

Price £839Inc VAT Visit WebsiteBook Free In-Person Valuation
Rating
9.5 / 10
TrustPilot Reviews
Duration

Includes / Notes

Standard package
  • Markets on Rightmove, Zoopla + more
  • Photograghs
  • Floorplan
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation

*Selling fee of £1,199 in London and surrounding areas.

Price £849Inc VAT Visit Website

Please note, I try my best to keep the information of each agent up-to-date, but you should read the T&C’s from the agents’ website for the most up-to-date information.

I know, I know! I’m like a wishy-washy hippy, that’s just bumbling through life without any real conviction. I need to grow up, and stop taking the easy way out.

But really, it’s kind of like comparing McDonalds with Burger King. It’s kind of just the same thing, innit? I’m sure I’ll rub a few of the fast-food enthusiasts the wrong way with my soulless comparison, but you know what I’m saying, right? Right.

So if it’s a choice between the two, may I simply suggest tossing a coin and leaving it to the hands of fate?

Why Yopa or Purplebricks? And what about the rest of the competition?

See, this is where I really wanted to steer the conversation, because I find it rather more interesting. Perhaps controversial, too.

Firstly, why is it Yopa Vs Purplebricks?

The thing is- the “thing” being my suspected answer to the riddle- many people don’t even realise there are other options beyond the two titans.

Well, there are.

The only reason the standoff is usually between Yopa Vs Purplebricks is because they’ve got the deepest pockets- they’ve received the most amount of investment and spent a shitload more on marketing than their competitors, so that may explain why many of us only have them in our psych. Their branding is literally everywhere, seeping its way into our subconscious.

Oh, look at that, even my boogers are stamped with Purplebricks logo.

But the reality is, there’s a bigger world out there, with many more choices and hidden gems, that are arguably just as good, if not better, and certainly wonderfully cheaper! Of course, there’s emoov (who also deserve an honourable mention among the big two, because they’re also rather popular, but quite up there), Settled, 99home, DoorSteps, HouseSimple, and Tepilo, just to name a few.

So if you’re world has been Yopa and Purplemove up until now, consider yourself enlightened.

Just to clarify, I don’t have anything personal against Yopa or Purplebricks. In fact, they’re both fine choices. Comparatively expensive, mind you, but perfectly fine.

However, I personally wouldn’t use either of them. Why, you ask? The bottom line, they’re just so much more expensive compared to most of the other options available, who, more-or-less offer the same service.

Other Hybrid online estate agents

So, technically speaking, Yopa and Puplebricks are hybrid agents (i.e. not strictly an “Online estate agent”), which essentially means they offer the best of both worlds- both a real life agency experience, combined with a virtual one.

In practical terms, it means that once you purchase a home-selling service online via their website, you’ll then get assigned a local agent (that doesn’t work out of a local branch, but typically their home), to visit your property to conduct a property valuation, and then they work with you throughout the sale until completion.

That’s the theory anyways.

So yeah, they’re not the only agents offering that kind of ‘hybrid’ service. Take a look at these, for example, which are like-for-like hybrid packages, so they’re comparable alternatives…

Estate AgentRatingDurationIncludes / NotesPrice
Rating
9.5 / 10
TrustPilot Reviews
Duration
Until Sold
Includes / Notes

Premium package
  • Markets on Rightmove, Zoopla + more
  • Photograghs
  • Floorplan
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation
Price £199Inc VAT Visit Website
Rating
9.5 / 10
TrustPilot Reviews
Duration
12 months
Includes / Notes

Standard package
  • Markets on Rightmove, Zoopla + more
  • Photograghs
  • Floorplan
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation
Price £449Inc VAT
Normal price: £499

Discount Code available
Visit Website£50 Discount Code: PIP17
Rating
8.9 / 10
TrustPilot Reviews
Duration
6 months
Includes / Notes

Standard package
  • Markets on Rightmove, Zoopla + more
  • Photograghs
  • Floorplan
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation
Price £695Inc VAT
Normal price: £820

Discount Code available
Visit WebsiteBook Free In-Person ValuationFree premium listing on Rightmove & Zoopla: PL125
Rating
9.3 / 10
TrustPilot Reviews
Duration
12 Months
Includes / Notes

Upfront Saver package
  • Markets on Rightmove, Zoopla + more
  • Photograghs
  • Floorplan
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation
Price £795Inc VAT Visit WebsiteBook Free In-Person Valuation

Please note, I try my best to keep the information of each agent up-to-date, but you should read the T&C’s from the agents’ website for the most up-to-date information.

Food for thought, food for thought. Right?

Other online estate agents

So now, we move onto the “pure” online estate agents. These agents operate purely online, so you don’t get the whole “best of both worlds” experience, which means you won’t get a local agent assigned to your case. Instead, you, typically have to figure out the value of your own home (which really isn’t that difficult to do, especially if you use one of these free valuation services), and then shove the advert on Rightmove and process all the enquiries yourself. Essentially, it’s a lot more “hands-on”, and that’s why pure online estate agents are generally a lot more cheaper than hybrid agents (i.e. some packages currently start at £94, which is peanuts).

While I generally believe that you get what you pay for, I don’t think the lower fees plays a factor in my decision to prefer an online agent over a hybrid one. I just don’t think there’s enough value in the premium I have to cough-up for a “local agent”, and in my opinion, it beats the purpose of using an online solution. If I’m using an online agent, it means I want to do it- sell my home- without the traditional high-street solution, so I don’t want a half-baked version. But you know, that’s a rant for another day. Horses for courses.

There’s a lot to take in, and you’d be forgiven for getting lost somewhere long the line, especially considering I haven’t gone into great depth. However, for a much more detailed overview of both online and hybird agents, along with a more complete menu of your options, may I invite you to the following section of my website…

Complete list of Online & Hybrid estate agents →

Ironically, I may have made the situation a whole lot more complicated for you. You probably came here looking to put the debate between the two market leaders to rest, but now you may leave feeling frustrated because you’re having to choose between several, along with wrapping your head around the whole ‘Hybrid Vs Online agent’ concept (which you may not even known was an actual thing).

On a more positive note, at least there’s scope to spending a lot less on selling your home online than you initially anticipated.

So, when it’s crunch time, who are you going to go with and why?

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