The open market is the most usual and recognizable way to access properties for sale.
There is no doubt in our opinion that the market leader in search facilities is Rightmove, but there are also lots of other options such as Zoopla and Prime location ... of course the traditional route of Estate Agents and the local press is still available, however High Street Branches and Weekend supplements are being circumvented for the internet.
In the open market it is possible to find sold prices from the search engines or the land registry and therefore there is a fair amount of data available for research.
In addition, Specialist software, used by companies such as ourselves, can access even more detail about length of time on the marketing and previous pricing, which can all help in forming a picture of value and history.
There can still be an issue with quality or impression formed with photographs on the web and clever photography can and is used, so a physical viewing should always take place.
There are a huge number of properties available on the open market and this is the standard way to buy and sell, but consequently there are a huge number of buyers using the open market too and consequently in peak or bubble times, or in extremely popular areas, there is significant competition for the good property.