A house hunter was so stunned by the price of a ‘not very nice’ flat that he created a game where players can guess the ‘ridiculous’ prices of properties across the UK in the ‘shocking’ housing market.
A house hunter was so stunned by the price of a ‘not very nice’ flat that he created a game where players can guess the ‘ridiculous’ prices of properties across the UK in the ‘shocking’ housing market. Fraser Hamilton had been trying to buy his first property in Edinburgh last year with his girlfriend, when they were shocked by the ‘insane’ prices of certain properties, such as a ‘not that nice’ two-bed flat that went for around £400,000.
The 24-year-old software developer wanted to try and get a better feel for the ‘chaotic’ market, and after realising many others his age were interested too, he decided to make the game. Released last month, the game allows the player to select a UK city before showing images of the property as pictured on Rightmove, followed by a box where the player can input their guess of how much it recently sold for.
The game PropertyGuessr shows the same property to all players so that friends and family can all make a guess on the same houses, before it resets every day at midnight to show new properties. Fraser posted the game online and it has already amassed 316,000 page views and 35,000 visitors, due to what he believes is a sense of ‘morbid curiosity’ at how ‘bad’ the market is in certain areas.
Fraser, from Edinburgh, said: “My girlfriend and I were looking at properties to purchase for our first home in Edinburgh. We saw a two-bed flat in Edinburgh town, and it was around £400,000, which is pretty insane for a two-bed flat.