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Google set to enter UK property market


Renata Watson

Google is in talks with British estate agents to launch an online property portal, which experts say could pose a serious threat to existing property websites and local newspapers.

The US internet search company launched a property portal in Australia last August through which estate agents list properties for free, showing both pictures taken from its Street View service and details on a map.

Estate agents and property websites expect Google to launch a similar portal in the UK in early 2010, attracting substantial advertising revenue.

Ed Mead at Douglas & Gordon’s, the estate agency, said it had spoken to Google about the plans:

‘It looks very simple. If it stays free, then Google has a massive winner on its hands as it will get the backing from estate agents currently paying for rival sites.’

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