Predictions for the Future of the Search Industry
Posted on 24th May 2019 at 21:22
Predictions for the future of the search industry
Clients will continue to behave cautiously and be ever-hungry for data
The complex home buying and selling process looks ugly from the outside but its Darwinian evolution is beautifully aligned to balance the rules, relationships and constraints that have shaped it – and which continue to shape it. Without changes to these levers, the equilibrium won't change radically.
The principal, immutable lever is the importance of the transaction to the client. Buying or selling property will remain up there amongst the most important transactions we as individuals ever make.
These high stakes coupled with clients' typical lack of expertise and their natural self-serving motivations mean clients will behave cautiously and tactically. They will be ever-hungry for data that better informs or gives them a competitive advantage.
Savvy clients could become search providers’ new customers – instead of conveyancers
One major change we might see is a move away from the clients of search companies being conveyancers. Increasingly, savvy clients researching properties may self-serve; the portal community might see competitive advantage in enhancing listings data; lenders might front-load their lending due diligence, and new property log book style businesses may begin to 'pre pack' properties for sellers.
The future is certainly more data and certainly supplied smarter, but probably to a range of new types of client.
The search industry will continue to morph into an integral risk management component of the conveyancing process
Looking back in order to look forward, the search world's recent evolution has seen ever more data sources becoming available and ever smarter ways being devised to serve them up to the conveyancer.
The search industry feels as if it's morphing into an integral risk management component of the conveyancing process, with case management integration on the one hand and interpretative layers added to the data on the other.
All of this is helping to manage the risks presented by both the people and the properties involved in a transaction.
Richard Hinton, Pitsford Consulting Limited
Will the new transparency rules change conveyancing for the better? December 2018
“The benefits will stand or fall based on the up-front case made by introducers and conveyancers for the value they represent”
“I think the new price transparency rules will change conveyancing for the better, and I think in time firms will come to welcome their introduction for three principal reasons:
1. They are being nudged into line with how the market increasingly wants to engage with mainstream private client services. Those that embrace it most fully will see the best results. Firms that adopt a "what can we get away with?" approach either already serve niche markets, or will simply widen the competitive gap between them and their professional peers who do embrace these changes.
2. The benefits to clients of paying referral fees will stand or fall based on the up-front case made by introducers and conveyancers for the value they represent. I don't think it'll be enough to say "we're passing on a marketing cost that we incur" if there isn't a discernible client benefit to go with it.
3. Price transparency is encouraging firms to look for more service and performance data that contextualises price. This has hitherto largely been ignored, but this new catalyst is already bringing forward innovative datasets from bodies such as HMLR and Trustpilot, which is improving the range of comparable data. Firms that argue strongly that price isn't an accurate measure of the value they supply can now make the wider case using solutions like ours.
Richard Hinton, Director, Pitsford Consulting Ltd
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