As predicted by The Grocer last week, Asda is launching the first-ever supermarket estate agency in the summer.

Homes@Supermarkets will be trialled in the north east initially, with a plan to roll it out nationally early next year under the brand Homes@Asda.

According to reports, Asda said this move could save the typical vendor £2,000.

Both Tesco and Sainsbury are expected to launch their own estate agent offer in the near future.

For more details see this week's issue of The Grocer magazine, dated April 29 2006.