Zoopla launches partnership with HomeAway.co.uk


Leading property website Zoopla.co.uk today announced that it has partnered with the UK's number one holiday rentals website, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals giving Zoopla users access to more than 210,000 holiday rentals across 140 countries.

The new holiday rentals section on Zoopla.co.uk provides users with access to a wide range of holiday accommodation worldwide, from city apartments to country houses, suiting every taste and budget. The simple booking enquiry process allows users to contact the property owner or manager directly via a contact form or phone number provided on the website.

As one of the most popular websites in the UK for homeowners who log on frequently to get free value estimates on their homes, Zoopla.co.uk is uniquely positioned to help these users also maximise the value of any second homes or unoccupied properties that they own by now having the ability to easily listing them as a holiday rental.

Holiday rentals are fast becoming the new way to travel, second only to hotel stays, with one in five travellers now opting for the freedom, value and additional space of a holiday home. The new section on Zoopla.co.uk enables users to quickly find the ideal property, whether they’re searching for a couples’ weekend retreat or a large house for a family holiday.

Alex Chesterman Founder & CEO of Zoopla.co.uk said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with HomeAway Holiday-Rentals. This additional feature now available on the Zoopla website further serves our mission to offer our users the most comprehensive online property service in the UK.”

Tim Boughton, General Manager, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals said: “We are very excited about our new partnership with Zoopla which opens up opportunities for property owners, managers and travellers alike. It increases the exposure we can offer our clients, allows us to tap in the huge number of UK homeowners that use the Zoopla.co.uk website regularly and provides another channel for travellers to find holiday rentals.”

The new holiday rentals section on Zoopla.co.uk can be found here: http://holidayrentals.zoopla.co.uk/

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For further information, please contact:
Lawrence Hall at lawrence.hall@zoopla.co.uk or on 020 7620 4618 or 07890 078 945
Sarah Chambers at schambers@homeaway.co.uk or on 020 8846 3430

About Zoopla.co.uk
Zoopla.co.uk is the UK’s most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering consumers with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. We help our users make sense of the residential property market by combining property listings with market value data, local information and community tools.

Zoopla.co.uk was founded on the principles of transparency and efficiency and everything we do aims to make the market more effective for both property consumers and professionals alike. Our mission is to provide the most useful online property experience by:
  • displaying property listings along with value and price trend information
  • providing rich property data and local market information in one place
  • enabling users to search for property in a variety of customised ways
  • allowing users to engage with professionals via our tools like AskMe!
  • building relationships between home owners and local estate agents

By combining free, instant value estimates for every UK home with sold prices, local market information and hundreds of thousands of properties available for sale and to rent, Zoopla.co.uk has become the ultimate destination for property consumers to search for property and do their market research. We are the UK's fastest growing property website and are proud to have been named 'Best Property Portal 2009' (Daily Mail UK Property Awards).

Our unique features, like AskMe!™ and TemptMe!™ allow users to gain an insight into the market and discover information they won't find anywhere else. And our AskAnAgent feature has rapidly become one of the most valued sources of vendor leads for UK estate agents. We provide value estimates on every UK home - all 27 million - and calculate our estimates using a proprietary algorithm (secret formula) that continuously analyses millions of data points relating to property sales and home characteristics throughout the UK. Our estimates are constantly refined and updated daily, using the most recent data available and a variety of methodologies, in order to provide the most current and accurate value data on homes and areas across the UK.

Zoopla Ltd is a privately held company with a highly experienced and proven management team, backed by well-respected angel investors and leading venture capital firms Atlas Venture (www.atlasventure.com) and Octopus Ventures (www.octopusventures.com).

About HomeAway Holiday-Rentals
Based in London and founded in 1996, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals (www.HomeAway.co.uk) connects travellers with home owners and managers, providing access to a huge variety of great value, unique accommodation worldwide. The site has the largest selection of homes available online to UK travellers, with over 210,000 properties which travellers can browse for free and book with confidence thanks to over 250,000 independent traveller reviews.  For holiday home owners, the site provides a simple, cost-effective way to market their property and manage bookings, with unrivalled worldwide exposure for a fixed annual fee.

About HomeAway, Inc.
HomeAway is the world leader of the online holiday rentals market, representing over 540,000 property listings across more than 120 countries.  The company has contributed significantly to the popularity of the holiday rentals industry, making it easier than ever for both owners to advertise and profit from their second homes and for millions of travellers to find the perfect holiday rental.  HomeAway operates sites in 11 European countries, including HomeAway Holiday-Rentals and Owners Direct in the UK, plus the market-leading sites in the USA and Brazil.

HomeAway is funded by Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures and Trident Capital.  The company is based in Austin, Texas and has offices in London and Epsom, England; Kassel and Frankfurt, Germany; and Paris and Marseille, France.