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Estate agents to charge potential buyers $50 just to VIEW a property in attempt to weed out time-wasters and nosey neighbours | UK

PHOTO: Estate agents plan a £30 charge for those viewing a property to stop people booking a slot and not showing up through new website ViewRabbit, which sends a link to prospective buyers and tenants where they can pay the fee to guarantee the viewing (file photo) 

Estate agents plan a £30 charge for those viewing a property to stop people booking a slot and not showing up as well as nosey neighbours.

The new website, ViewRabbit, will send a link to prospective buyers and tenants where they can pay the fee to guarantee the viewing.

The charge is currently £30, but the website has not ruled out a higher charge for highly sought-after or more expensive properties, The Times reported

Ryan Woolfenden, the marketing director, said that out of 12 viewings for a sale, seven of the prospective buyers didn’t show up.

He said that it was often because they have bought a property, but didn’t tell the estate agent they wouldn’t be viewing the property.

The website says the company also aims to weed out those people who aren’t as serious about the property as other prospective buyers, leading to them not being able to see it because it was snapped up before they got their viewing.

It also says that priority bookings are guaranteed, so an estate agent can’t cancel the booking of another potential buyer if someone else has made an offer on the property and it has been accepted.

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