The proposed new Google online property portal "is very good news"for estate agents and consumers such as private landlords, it has been suggested.

Selwyn Lim, director of internet-based property information service Mouseprice, said that the move will bring more competition to the market.

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that the search engine is set to launch a UK-based property site in 2010, which could allow agents to list their properties for no cost.

Google rolled out a similar portal in Australia in August this year.

Mr Lim said he thinks that the appearance of such a site "is a cert". He added: "The head of Google Property, Ben [Wood], has been around a lot in the industry and was a speaker at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards. He is certainly doing the rounds and is meeting with a lot of agents."

A property website from the search engine will certainly be good in the short-term, he continued.

Written by Mark Garner

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