After winning CNBC’s “Best Asia Pacific Portal” award in July, Singaporean portal propertyguru.com.sg has taken out the “Best International Property Portal” title, beating entrants from 105 countries.
The 2009 CNBC International Residential Property Awards were judged by a panel of 52 industry experts and chaired by Helen Shield, co-founder and editor in chief of International Homes Magazine.
Entrants are initially judged at country or regional level. Up to two of the most outstanding entries across 36 categories can be given a four-star award, while the best overall entry is given a five-star award. Every five-star winner’s entry is then re-examined to determine which companies go forward to be re-judged for the ultimate World’s Best Award.
“The challenges for companies entering this year were tougher than ever,” said Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards. “These awards not only draw the most dynamic companies to participate, they also help identify those in the strongest position to lead the recovery in this important business sector.”
“We are delighted and proud to have been selected as the world’s best property portal! This is great recognition for all the hard work invested over the last three years in building the business and the fantastic support from our users and clients” added Steve Melhuish, propertyguru.com.sg’s directory and co-founder.
propertyguru.com.sg works with prominent Singapore and overseas real estate developers, agencies and over 8,500 housing agents. The portal says it is used by 1.2 million consumers who generate over 100,000 leads for advertisers each month.
The portal offers property alerts, monthly newsletters, expert mortgage advice, real estate market news, pricing trends, new property launches, condo directories, HDB guides, an online consumer property question and answer service and Asia’s first mobile agent listing service.
Earlier this year, propertyguru.com.sg announced a partnership with eBay, which saw the launch of a new feature-rich property search service on eBay’s Singapore website, ebay.com.sg.
In September, propertyguru.com.sg teamed up with auction providers in Singapore to launch a real estate auctions service.