realestate.com.au is Australia’s largest residential property portal with 5.8 million visitors to the site each month. These visitors can search for sale and rental listings from 9,600+ agent offices or 95% of the market.
realestate.com.au was launched in 1997 and in the year ended 30 June 2010 had revenues of A$194 million.
realestate.com.au was the foundation of the REA Group.
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realestate.com.au is operated by the REA Group, which is listed on the Australian stock exchange as realestate.com.au Limited (ASX:REA). The REA Group is 58% owned by News Corporation through its subsidiary News Limited in Australia.
realestate.com.au is the dominant residential site in the Australian property portal market and is the clear leader in each state.
(as at 30 June 2010)
All of Australia.
The site derives the majority of its revenue from the real estate offices. It charges each office a flat annual subscription fee that allows them to list as many properties as they would like each month. These subscriptions are purchased on a per office basis. The monthly subscription fee is around $500. There are two subscription types - standard subscription and a platinum subscription. The platinum subscription has the agents brand on all listings on the search results page and the agent receives five feature properties each month. Around 65% of agents purchase the platinum subscription.
Consumers can not advertise listings directly on the site - they must use a licensed real estate agent.
In addition to the base subscription fee, realestate.com.au also derives revenue from charging agents additional fees for "depth" products. These include:
The key sections of the website are:
The site is built on a LAMP technology platform, which is a platform based upon the open source technologies Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl.
The key management of realestate.com.au are:
realestate.com.au started life in a garage in Doncaster Melbourne in 1995. It was run by a company called Netwide Solutions Pty Ltd (later to become realestate.com.au Ltd) who also provided web hosting, ISP services and web design. Netwide Solutions was founded by Marty Howell and Karl Sabljak.
Originally the site was called Virtual Realty (check out the old site) and was launched in late 1996. With the acquisition of the realestate.com.au URL in 1996, the site transformed and the business had focus - the Australian online real estate industry.
Between 1997 and 2001, the realestate.com.au grew slowly as the online property advertising industry in Australia was in its infancy. By 2001, the site has 1,200 agents subscribing (around 15% of the industry), revenues of around $4m, and 240,000 unique browsers.
In early 2001 News Corporation acquired 44% of the realestate.com.au Ltd business and Simon Baker was installed as CEO of the business. Over the following 4 years, the business focused on the growth of the realestate.com.au site with the prime target the acquisition of real estate agent offices. Quickly realestate.com.au established a lead over its main rivals domain.com.au and property.com.au with property.com.au being acquired and integrated into realestate.com.au in 2005.
Once the business had reached the milestone of over 50% of the Australian real estate offices subscribing to it, the team at realestate.com.au commenced rolling out depth products to the market. The underlying strategy was to have a high level of competition by agents in each suburb so that they would want to buy depth products to stand out from the other real estate agents in the suburb. To gain this high level of competition, realestate.com.au purposefully kept its subscription prices low.
realestate.com.au now has over 8,000 subscribing agents (around 95% of the market) and 4m+ unique browsers using the site each month. It is double the size of its nearest competitor, domain.com.au.
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