Blockchain aims to cut transaction times in half

Blockchain technology specialist Coadjute has formally launched in the UK with the aim to provide a real-time network to speed up property transactions. Launching with the first live property deal on the network, a 3-bedroom house, Kent, Coadjute has ambitions to reduce the 5-month average process for buying and selling property by half.

Seven of the most respected software companies in the property industry – including Osprey Approach, Redbrick Solutions and conveyancers AVRillo – have already signed up to the award-winning Coadjute network and it has the full backing of the Land Registry.

With more than 25% of deals currently falling through and billions lost in efficiencies, Coadjute is introducing bank grade enterprise blockchain technology used for foreign trading and huge transactions to help solve this problem. For the first time, all parties involved in a property deal – including the estate agent, conveyancer, mortgage lender and broker – can track the live progress of the transaction from start to finish, from their existing software.

Coadjute is all about getting rid of the workload and delays in the process that are caused by the involvement of so many parties. Today’s property process involves waiting for documentation, chasing for updates, rekeying data and endless uploading of documents, all of which add to the time and cost of the property transaction. With the Coadjute network, there is greater transparency, a reduced risk of fraud and an accelerated process with significantly less admin. Conveyancers will be able to protect sensitive client data by Coadjute’s encrypted network, which only the conveyancer and the receiving party can see.

Backed by international venture funding, Coadjute intends to roll out across the UK over the next 24 months and is led by former NatWest executive Dan Salmons. He commented,

“This is a huge moment for the UK property market. With so many different parties involved in a property transaction there’s been a desperate need for a way to connect them and speed up the process. Thanks to the leadership of HM Land Registry, and the support of some of many of the leading property software companies, that technology has now arrived.”

Coadjute was formed following a successful initiative in 2018 brought about by HM Land Registry to test the use of blockchain technology in the property market. The founding team behind it spent the next two years piloting the concept with property market businesses including estate agents, conveyancers, software platforms and banks before launching this week. Coadjute’s leadership is further bolstered by its advisory board, which includes Maria Harris (Non-Executive Director of United Trust Bank and Director of Digital Cat Consultancy Ltd.) and Rob Hailstone (CEO of Bold Legal Group).

The Land Registry has hailed the innovation as a milestone in the digitisation of the property market. Deputy Director Eddie Davies said,

“HM Land Registry ran the Digital Street initiative in 2018 to encourage the industry to work together to improve the efficiency of the market. We’re delighted to see Coadjute take this work forward and are happy to be working with them now as they bring their network to market.”

The first live property deal on the network is the sale of a 3-bedroom house in Kent. The property is being sold by estate agent Quealy & Co, and Dee Quealy commented,

“Reducing the time taken to complete a deal is critical to the success of an estate agency. Using our existing software to co-operate with other parties via the Coadjute network, we can now complete transactions much faster and reduce the chance of a deal collapsing.

We’ll also be able to offer an even better experience for our customers by always having a synchronised view of the property transaction to provide instant, real-time updates. We are passionate about trying to reduce the length of time a transaction takes, the uncertainty, dashed hopes and expectations and money wasted and the Coadjute platform is groundbreaking in terms of the transparency and speed it brings to the process.”

Angelo Piccirillo, Founder and Senior Partner at AVRillo, who acted as the conveyancers for the seller, added:

“We are very selective about who we partner with and are delighted to join the Coadjute Network. Their ground-breaking solution is exactly what our innovative team has been looking for to take AVRillo’s client experience to the next level. Coadjute has come prepared to improve the way the industry works.”

“The conveyancing industry has been in need of data transparency for many years and Coadjute’s solution will benefit everyone involved. We’re really excited to be working with Coadjute on transforming the industry,”

said Craig Matthews, CEO of Osprey Approach.

Martin MacDuff is Managing Director of Redbrick Solutions, another software provider signed up to Coadjute, concluded:

“We are pleased and proud to be part of this very exciting initiative which will significantly revolutionise the home buying process for the benefit of the consumer and all the professionals involved. Linking all these parties digitally will see a far more transparent and speedy process for everyone involved.”

2 Comments

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    “Coadjute is all about getting rid of the workload and delays in the process that are caused by the involvement of so many parties. Today’s property process involves waiting for documentation, chasing for updates, rekeying data and endless uploading of documents, all of which add to the time and cost of the property transaction.”

    I worked on the country’s first serious consumer research on conveyancing more than 50 years ago. Radical change is essential but as elusive as soccer success. And too large and complex for single leadership. I have great respect for HMLR but (for example) registration of title has been ongoing since 1862 without shootout.

    To my mind the UK should concentrate on 4 essential issues. With progress these can be collated and lesser issues brought in (if they do not fall into place voluntarily) using technology. Two are mentioned in the above quote

    First Address “so many parties” at source.

    Yours is a very useful start but eventually we need to move from using technology to mitigate fragmentation to elimination. Home brokerage should replace chains with brokers taking on any seller’s existing home and other aspects of moving. This could have great advantages for national stock improvement (e.g. fire safety).

    I would prefer to see insurers fulfilling the role. They have the ability to mobilise funding, a long relationship with residential investment, know about risk and seem to be having success with equity release where they deal directly with the consumer.

    Secondly Replace reactive information hunting with technology driven proactivity. Make information consumer-friendly and downloadable instantly in the process

    Thirdly Replace lawyers who look for faults in others’ work with transaction managers who seek the best result for all those involved. Many homes are subject such an approach. Construction contracts are often subject to sub-contracting provisions creating potential cash flow problems for continuity of work. Architects can be contractually and professionally required to take a best overall solution when certifying satisfactory completion of works. “My home is my castle” needs to change to a spirit of co-operation.

    Fourthly Replace numerous professionals with each home having single, comprehensive insurance cover for the skills they should have

    Keep up the good work

    John Harvey

    • test

      Thank you for your comments, John.

      At Coadjute, we believe in offering connectivity across the market and if the network enables others to innovate and indeed improve current processes, we will continue to support the industry as it evolves.

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