ChercheMonNid launched several months ago in France’s region of Normandy, after raising €600,000 ($675,000 U.S.) from a group of investors. The site offers home-seekers (buy and rent) the choice to request contact to, and interact directly with their local estate agents via a dashboard.
Launched by Antoine Huvé, a local internet entrepreneur, the site creates a community, enabling professionals and individuals in a radius of 15 km to interact directly, and so bypass real estate sites.
People who seek to rent or buy properties enter their search criteria, and Cherche Mon Nid puts them in touch with local professionals via a messaging system. The search criteria can be very specific, for example, an open kitchen. In this way the new site offers estate agents a targeted group of clients to work with.
The site’s database currently includes 26,000 professionals. Its investors are Crédit Agricole Normandie, BPI France, the municipality of Normandy and local business angels.
Cherche Mon Nid is currently a free service, but it will start charging agents fees, following some ramping up.