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admin 2 Around 10% of the population describe themselves as disabled and an ageing and less mobile population will add to the pressure for greater supply, identification, and marketing of accessible and adapted property.  Unfortunately, many estate agents are failing to recognise this.

If you are a disabled person, and particularly if you are a wheelchair user who is looking for accessible or adapted property to buy or rent you will face a number of barriers.  There is a shortage of supply but the bigger problem is that estate agents frequently fail to identify properties that are suitable, have been designed, or even extensively adapted for wheelchair users.  Accessible Property Register receives many calls from vendors asking for help to market their property when their estate agent has completely failed to mention or promote what are often significant and expensive adaptations.  Do estate agents think that somehow, mentioning access will put purchasers off?!

Or maybe it's just that too many estate agents are young, non-disabled and disability and age simply aren't on their radar

Even when there is mention of access, estate agent details are often inadequate and misleading.  For example, if you put the word 'disabled' into a search on Zoopla, you will get a number of positive results, but the majority will simply include the phrase 'disabled features'.  What does that mean?  Purchasers need to know if there is level access, an entrance level WC, space to move around, and for many, features like a wet room shower, adapted kitchen, stairlift or through the ceiling wheelchair lift will be a real plus and a deal clincher.  It's not rocket science - Accessible Property Register adverts include a straightforward and unambiguous checklist of access features and adaptations that give our site users an immediate snapshot of whether the property is likely to meet their access needs.

Until estate agents get the message that access is a plus and that marketing property that meets the needs of all increases the range of potential purchasers not much is likely to change and disabled and older people will continue to struggle to find suitable homes.

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