Peer 1 Hosting helps estate agents cope with annual spike

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UK’s leading ecommerce hosting provider ready for online house-hunting boom

Web hosting provider Peer 1 Hosting is launching a helpline to support estate agents as they prepare for a record spike in online house hunting during the holiday season.

Analysis of traffic to estate agents websites reveal that days such as Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the 2nd Jan generate huge spikes in traffic towards estate agent websites. This year, with interest rates at a record low and mortgage approvals increasing, the industry is preparing for more house-hunters looking online than ever before.

Record sales of tablets and smartphones suggest that house-hunters are using a wider variety of devices to find their ideal home. The intelligent design required to serve these different devices compounds the need for secure, fast hosting to showcase properties online to full effect.

Clare Moll, partner at estate agents LDG, commented: “The trend with people searching for property during the holidays means we’re experiencing a much higher volume of enquiries during this period. This demonstrates how vitally important it is for us to use every tool available which means we rely on cutting edge technology to direct potential customers to our website, and ensure the site is accessible.”

Jonathan Monjack, founder of The Happy Tenant Company, agrees: "The fact that so many view the New Year as an opportunity to make a fresh start means one thing: That estate agents need to be on top of their game to ensure that the service they provide during this normally quiet period meets the levels delivered throughout the rest of the year."

Dom Monkhouse, UK managing director at Peer 1 Hosting, added: “Many online real-estate listing sites feature rich media like multiple images, 3D interactive tours of properties and advanced search functionality. We know that it's critical house hunters have access to the information that they need, when they need it, regardless of which device they are using.

“This means that estate agents require fast, reliable and flexible hosting infrastructure to ensure the properties they are promoting online are easily accessible for their clients and other potential buyers."

Peer 1 Hosting has a direct telephone number, 0808 256 2818 for estate agents businesses to call if they are feeling worried about their hosting’s ability to cope with this demand. Its team is available on the phone around the clock for its clients, as it understands the 24/7 nature of the modern business community.

About Peer 1 Hosting
Peer 1 Hosting is one of the world's leading web hosting providers for businesses delivering eCommerce sites, web & mobile applications, gaming and rich media, and SaaS platforms. Specialising in Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Colocation and Cloud Services, Peer 1 Hosting is based in Vancouver, Canada, and founded in 1999 with European operations headquartered in Southampton, UK. Peer 1 Hosting has 16 datacentres and 20 points of presence worldwide.

Peer 1 Hosting is built on two obsessions: Ping & People. ‘Ping’ represents its commitment to best-in-breed technology, founded on a high performance 10Gbps FastFiber Network(tm) connected by 16 state-of-the-art datacentres. ‘People’ represents its commitment to delivering outstanding customer service to its more than 13,000 customers worldwide, backed by a 100 per cent uptime guarantee. For more information visit:

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