Online estate agent Emoov on the hunt for big ticket buyers

Emily Nicolle
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Emoov recently merged with two of its competitors (Source: Getty)

Despite only completing a merger process in May, online estate agent Emoov has put itself up for sale amid signs of a squeeze on its pursestrings.

Emoov merged with fellow online agencies Tepilo and Urban earlier this year, which resulted in former Daily Express owner Richard Desmond taking a significant minority stake in the new company.

Sources told Sky News tonight that listed property agent Foxtons has already held discussions with Emoov about a takeover, although it is unclear whether these talks are still ongoing.

Emoov has appointed stockbroker Arden Partners to oversee an auction of the business, should a buyer not be found elsewhere.

A source close to the firm later told City A.M. that a shareholder, who was due to inject a significant amount of funding into the newly-merged business, had reneged on a deal which saw Emoov then grappling for cash.

Other investors in the business include Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund. Emoov last publicly raised £9m in 2017, in a round which valued the business at £40m.

Emoov declined to comment.