The company, which an connects Chinese buyers with brokers overseas through 2.5 million listings on its website, is currently raising funds from institutional investors and strategic partners in a plan to hold its public offering at the end of this year or in early 2017.
Juwai chief executive officer Charles Pittar who was appointed earlier this year, says the listing is important for the company's growth, but in an interview in Tokyo declined to provide additional details such as the planned size of the offering.
He says Juwai plans to use the funds raised to hire talent around the world to boost its presence.
Pittar previously served as chief operating officer at Juwai before being appointed CEO. Before joining Juwai, he was COO of Asia for Australia’s Macquarie Bank.
According to news reports, he adds the company is close to announcing an alliance with a partner in Japan in coming weeks.
According to Knight Frank LLP, Chinese real estate investment more than doubled to $35 billion in 2015 from $15 billion a year earlier, which has contributed to a significant hike to real estate prices in cities including Sydney, New York and Tokyo.
Juwai, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, has 2 million unique visitors per month.