Virtual assistant

Start-up Proptech Lintil launches virtual home buying assistant

The app promises to walk buyers every step of the way, connect with service providers, and offer discounts.

Lintil, an Irish proptech start-up that promises to guide homebuyers through the buying process, has officially launched its virtual assistant service.

The Dublin-based company was founded in 2017 by Emmet Creighton, a former lawyer, and Jonathan McLaughlin, a former math professor. The couple met while dating NUI Galway.

The free platform is designed to streamline the shopping experience. It does this by going through every step of the process and connecting buyers to all necessary services in one place, such as mortgage advisors, insurers, surveyors, and notaries. Additionally, Lintil promises to get discounts for its users through partnerships with relevant service providers, who also fund the platform through advertising fees.

The company conducted several months of pre-launch testing and claims it already has 3,000 users in the Irish market as well as 26,000 in the UK. He says he plans to continue expanding both nationally and internationally over the next year.

Specifically, the company refers to data from the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland showing that more than 46,000 mortgages were approved nationwide between April 2020 and April 2021, for a total of $ 11.2 billion. euros. This is the highest combined mortgage valuation in at least 10 years. Lintil assumes that more of these home buyers are seeking help as the market becomes increasingly difficult to navigate as demand is high and supply remains low.

Creighton, CEO of Lintil, commented: “We are delighted to officially announce Lintil’s entry into the Irish market.

“We received an overwhelming response from home buyers who contacted us to sign up and told us that they had been waiting for a solution like this for a long time. We tested for months before launch and are extremely confident that our virtual home buying assistant will dramatically improve what, before that, was an arduous process. “

In a competitive and difficult market for buyers, many high tech companies have sprung up to help in different parts of the process.

In May, Irish real estate site MyHome.ie reported a data breach involving 700,000 documents, including identification.