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20 August 2020

Strike Review: Are they any good?

Rosie Hamilton
Writer & Researcher
A young home seller lies on using a laptop, a dog lies next to her

Table of contents

  1. 1. Is Strike really free?
  2. 2. Strike's fees
  3. 3. How does Strike make money?
  4. 4. Is strike an estate agent?
  5. 5. Are Strike any good?
  6. 6. Strike Reviews
  7. 7. Will Strike be able to sell my home?
  8. 8. Contact Strike.co.uk
  9. 9. FAQs

Updated: 14th February 2022

Strike (formerly HouseSimple) is an online hybrid estate agent, with a bit of a unique selling point. They claim to offer the ‘full estate agency service’ for free.

While this claim is not completely true - you do have to pay extra for some things that come as standard with other estate agents - we were intrigued established Alexander Gosling and Sarah Cronin's offering to the propert market - Strike.co.uk

Driven by our dedication to estate agent performance, we decided to take a deeper look into how Strike works, and whether they’re any good. Since 2007 Strike has sold over £2.5 billion worth of property.

However, if you want more support with your sale Strike.co.uk may not be as good value as it first appears.

Is Strike really free?

Yes Strike is really free. Strike’s basic package is free with no fee. What’s actually included varies depending on your property’s location.

For certain postcodes in Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield, you can get the following from Strike for free. They have also launched their free service in London from February 2022.

Strike's free package includes

  • A valuation from a Strike ‘expert’
  • Photos (non-professional) and floorplan
  • Ads on Rightmove and Zoopla
  • 'For Sale' Sign
  • ‘Professional offer negotiation’
  • ‘Dedicated support to completion’

If your house isn’t in one of these postcodes, Strike offers the following free services:

  • Virtual valuation
  • Advert on Rightmove and Zoopla
  • ‘Professional offer negotiation’
  • ‘Dedicated support to completion’

Tip: We’d always recommend getting your home valued in-person before you put it on the market. Online valuations are just estimates, and are unable to take in many of the features that make your home unique. If you’re looking to put your property on the market, you can book a free valuation in just a few clicks. Go there now.

Strike's fees

Strike don’t share the costs of their additional services very clearly on their website, but through a bit of investigation, we found the following Strike fees:

  • Core Services: Free
  • EPC: £90 (but you can get one for significantly cheaper here.)
  • Viewings Service: £549 for unlimited viewings, or £35 per viewing
  • Key Management Fee: £78
  • Professional Photography: £399
  • Upgraded listings on property portals: Price unclear

These fees mean that if you wanted to get an experience closer to the ‘full’ estate agency experience, you’d end up having to pay at least £1,116 so Strike's fees work out to just under 0.75% on a £200,000 property.

As a point of comparison, high street estate agent fees tend to start at around 0.75% too, and will include things like a single point of contact, and specialised knowledge of your local area as standard.

Do you have to use their recommendations?

No you don't have to use Strike's recomendations - you can use some, none or all of their recommendations. The optional services are clear and you're unlikely to find hidden fees.

How does Strike make money?

Strike makes money by referring you to partner services. These include:

  • Mortgage providers,
  • Conveyancers
  • Removal companies.
  • EPC

If you choose to work with one of these providers, Strike will be paid a referral fee.However these are optional.

Strike also makes money through its upgrades and extras. These include things like professional photography, or agent hosted viewings, which usually come as standard in an estate agent’s fee.

We’d recommend shopping around before deciding to go with any of these providers. The conveyancing provider Strike recommend is the same as the one used by Purplebricks: Premier Property Lawyers. They have a notoriously bad reputation.

You can check out our full review of Premier Property Lawyers here.

Note: If you live outside of the designated postcode areas, you will be unable to ‘boost your sale’ with an in-person valuation, or hosted viewing service.

Does my house already have an EPC?

EPCs are valid for 10 years, and you can use the one purchased by the previous owner.
So, you may have an EPC and not know it!

Is strike an estate agent?

Yes Strike are an estate agent.

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Strike Terms and Conditions to be aware of

We were curious about Strike’s business model, so we took a look at their terms and conditions, to see what you’re actually signing up for when you use this online estate agent. Here are a couple of the terms that stood out to us:

  • Sole Agency Term Length

If you choose to work with Strike, you will sign a sole agency agreement, with a term of 13 weeks. Sole agency is pretty standard when it comes to estate agency contracts in the UK. It basically means that your agent has the ‘sole right’ to sell your home. If you decide you want to work with a different agent, you’ll have to wait till the 13 weeks are over before you can make the switch.

  • A Key Management Fee

If you ‘upgrade’ your Strike package to include help with viewings, you will have to pay Strike a one-off ‘key management fee’. This appears to be a fee to ensure they store your key securely for the duration of your home sale - and seems to be something that should be included as standard. If you choose this option, be aware of this extra fee.

  • Limited Marketing Term

Strike’s terms and conditions state that the ‘marketing term’ is limited to 6 months. If your house hasn’t sold after 6 months it will be removed from their website, the online property portals, and any other advertising mediums. Any purchased upgrades such as hosted viewings are also limited to this 6 month period. You will likely need to buy these ‘upgrades’ again if you want to continue marketing your house after the 6 months is up.

  • For Sale Sign

There’s an interesting clause in the Strike terms and conditions which states that keeping the ‘For Sale’ sign up during the marketing period is compulsory. If you don’t Strike ‘reserve the right to immediately cease the supply of the Services'. If your ‘For Sale’ board gets stolen or damaged, you’ll have to pay a £30 fee.

Are Strike any good?

This depends on what you're looking for and if you want their completeley free service. Beyond the intricacies of their terms and conditions, we also wanted to see what people actually thought about working with this online estate agent. We delved deep into a range of review sites to try and get a real sense of the level of customer service that Strike provides.

Strike Reviews

At the time of writing, Strike has the following rating on the most popular estate agent reviewing platforms:

Trustpilot Reviews - 4.7/5

AllAgents Reviews - 4.2/5

On average strike scores 4.4/5

Clearly the Strike model is popular! But, looking a bit beneath the surface of the reviews revealed some worrying patterns.

Firstly, we found that the majority of bad reviews came from potential property buyers.

Many complained that they were unable to put in their offers, or that they decided to withdraw from the sale, because of poor communication. This suggests that Strike aren’t providing the ‘professional’ level of negotiation they promise, and sellers might be missing out on offers on their properties.

Even if you end up missing out on ‘only’ 5% of your property’s value, this can really add up. On a £200,000 property, 5% comes to £10,000, more than making up for any difference in fees.

These reviews of Strike were taken from Trustpilot:

James Hirst, 19th August 2020:

‘Really poor experience as a buyer. After having an offer accepted the communication has just been non existent… I’d think twice again about offering on a house that is with an online agent.’

Anonymous, 13th August 2020:

‘I am considering pulling out of the purchase just because I can’t get hold of anyone there.’

Steve Harrison, 13th August 2020:

‘Called today 3 times and told everytime some one will ring you back… I’ve probably lost the house I wanted now.’

Ms Elizabeth Henson, 8th August 2020:

Her buyer ‘pulled out of sale because of lack of confidence in Strike to handle the situation’ after a failure to confirm the receipt of important financial documentation

The other worrying trend we found was that many sellers had left multiple reviews. This is a sign that sellers are being requested for reviews at different points in their home sale, and many of those who leave reviews haven’t actually sold their property yet.

For example:

Melody Leek left 3 reviews.

Firstly on the 17 Feb 2020, then on the 20 Jun 2020, and finally on 16 Aug 2020. She was very satisfied with Strike’s service, but the timing of her reviews shows that her property was on the market for at least 6 months.

Sinead Sweeney left 6 reviews,

between 11 April 2019 and 28th July 2020. All the reviews were 5* and Sinead is happy with the service, but her property was on the market for at least 15 months.

Tom Capel left 4 reviews

between 22 January 2020 and 13th August 2020. His property was on the market for at least 7 months.

Nationally, the average time to sell a house is 4 months.

As it’s not a one off pattern in the reviews, suggests an issue with the agent service itself. It seems that without the expertise and support of a local agent, Strike are unable to offer as effective a service. Communication is a common problem with online agents, because they operate over a larger area and have to deal with more properties than a high street agent. This means they have less capacity to prioritise individual sales.

This finding is in line with research by The Advisory, an independent advice service, found that sellers using an online estate agent could be missing out on: up to 48% more viewings, 64% more offers, and an extra 5% on their final sales price. 5% may not sound much, on a £200,000 house this amounts to an extra £10,000.

Tip: If you’re looking for a quick, and free, way to sell your property, you might want to consider a cash house buyer. We go through the basics, and give you tips on how to find a legitimate buyer, in this blog post.

Will Strike be able to sell my home?

On their homepage, Strike states they put 8432 properties onto the market in 2019. They don’t however say how many of those have actually sold.

If all these properties were sold at the 2019 average house price of £247,000, the online agent would have sold over £2.8 billion worth of property.

Given that they also state on their website that they’ve sold over £3.2 billion worth of property since the company started (in 2007) it seems unlikely that the majority of this was all sold last year.

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Latest Properties for sale

You can see Strike's latest propertys for sale here.

Services offered

  • Sales
  • Moving
  • Conveyancing
  • Mortgage Advice
  • EPC
  • Lettings (No)

Contact Strike.co.uk

Name: Strike Address: The Octagon, Middleborough, Colchester, Essex UK, CO1 1TG Opening hours: 24/7 (online at strike.co.uk)

FAQs

What did strike used to be called?

Strike was previously called Housesimple. They rebranded in July 2020 as strike.co.uk the free estate agent.

What does strike include for free?

If you are going with Strike's free offering they include the following with no extra cost:

  • A valuation from a Strike ‘expert’
  • Photos (non-professional) and floorplan
  • Ads on Rightmove and Zoopla
  • A 'For Sale' Sign
  • 'Professional offer negotiation’
  • ‘Dedicated support to completion’

How do strike make a profit?

Strike make money when you use their recommended addons, however these are optional.

Does it cost money to sell with strike?

No, you can sell your house with strike without paying any money, however you will be missing out on some services and you may want to opt in for some of their paid services if you want to sell your house and get the best price.

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