Consumers use DotHomes to quickly search over thousands of estate agent Websites across multiple countries, with relevant search results taking consumers to property listings on these Websites. Underlying DotHomes’ search mechanism is a proprietary data-mining technology which allows for scalable and accurate indexing (aggregation) of property listings directly from estate agency Websites—with zero cost or effort for estate agents.
DotHomes offers a real alternative to the traditional directory Websites for real estate search (like RightMove, PrimeLocation and PropertyFinder). These Websites require that estate agents send in datafeeds of their property listings, and estate agents are charged a monthly fee for the privilege. DotHomes also offers an alternative to the new “mashup” Websites, which index only the directory Websites—and thereby do not link through to the original, potentially richer and more up-to-date property listings on the sourcing estate agent Websites.