The search for a new home in Northumberland will now be much easier thanks to a re-design of Northumberland County Council’s housing allocation website., delivered by the council in partnership with other housing providers in the county, has been given a major overhaul to improve the way the council and its partners market their properties, and to make the site more user-friendly.

Taking its inspiration from leading online property search sites, such as Zoopla and Rightmove, Northumberland Homefinder now offers more information about the properties listed. This includes more photos and floor plans of the property, as well as information on the area and local services nearby, such as health centres and schools.

The site will now also highlight properties the registered user would be eligible to bid for, based upon their assessed housing need, as well as showing how many bids they have made already.

Under the Homefinder allocation system, you must be registered with the site before you are able to bid on any available properties. Once registered each applicant is assessed on their need and given a priority banding. This banding is then used to prioritise any bid on a property.

Philip Soderquest, Head of Housing at the council, said: “We wanted to improve the overall look and feel of the website whilst also providing benefits for users and bring it in line with national online property search sites.

“It will not only help users to make better choices on what properties to bid for, but will allow us to market available homes more effectively and help reduce the number of empty properties in our communities.”

If you would like further information on the Homefinder service please contact the council on 0345 600 6400.