Infographic: Top Property Portals of Central and Eastern Europe 2023

May 9, 2023
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At first glance, the Central and Eastern European property portal landscape is characterised by a relative lack of big-name brands. It's a region with a lot of different cultures, languages and nuances between markets and many of the market leaders won't have been heard of outside of their countries.

Look closer though and an increasing number of the leading property websites in these countries are run by large multi-national players.

Top Portals Of Central And Eastern Europe 2023

Greece -  Spitogatos.gr

Part of Real Web SA which also controls the leading Italian portal Immobiliare.it and the leading Slovenian portal Nepremicnine, Spitogatos is the clear market leader in Greece and its sister site Spitogatos.com.cy is strong in Cyprus as well.

Greek Portal Traffic

 

Bulgaria - Imot.bg

Bulgaria’s top specialist property portal pulls in over 2.5 million visits per month according to Similarweb. Interestingly, no big multinational has yet bought into the Bulgarian real estate classifieds industry.

Bulgarian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Serbia - 4zida.rs

The market leader in terms of Similarweb traffic here is 4zida which is run by local classifieds player Infostud which counts Finnish media firm Alma Media as a minority shareholder.

Serbian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Romania - Storia.ro

The leading portal in Romania is owned and operated by the Dutch firm OLX Group which in turn is part of Prosus, the international Internet assets division of South African multinational Naspers. Complicated, right?!

In Romania, Storia competes with Imobiliare.ro which is owned and operated by the Swiss headquartered media group Ringier.

Romanian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Realitica.com

As far as we can tell from patchy Similarweb data, the Croatian-run portal Realitica.com is the number one place to find property over the border in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Croatia - Oglasnik.hr

In Croatia the main players are general classifieds players Njuskalo and Oglasnik. In terms of specialist real estate verticals, we can see that Real Web S.A. has been channelling traffic to its Indomio portal and away from Crozilla, the portal it bought from Axel Springer in April last year.

Croatian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Slovenia - Nepremicnine.net

Nepremicnine was founded by Primož Jazbec and Aleš Ravnikar in 1999 and has become the leading real estate portal, as well as one of the most visited sites, in Slovenia. The site has about 32,000 ads published by more than 500 agencies and builders and doesn't have any major competition.

In 2020, Real Web S.A. (which runs market several market leaders in the region) bought 60% of the Nepremicnine.

 

Hungary - Ingatlan.com

One of the oldest Hungarian websites having been set up by architect Dávid Mészáros all the way back in 1997 and proud to be Hungarian owned ever since.

Ingatlan has a big traffic lead over its rivals and is one of the most dominant property portals in any market in the world.

Hungarian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Austria - Immobilienscout24.at

The German giant run by Scout24 dominates across the border in Austria ahead of Axel Springer-owned Immowelt.at.

Austrian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Slovakia - Nehnutelnosti.sk

Perhaps nowhere in the world can one company claim to own and operate 6 of the leading property websites in the country.

United Classifieds (which is owned by a joint venture between Ringier and Axel Springer) owns no fewer than 6 of the leading portals in Slovakia: Nehnutelnosti, Top Reality, Realitysk, Novostavby, Byty and Chaty.

Slovakian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Ukraine - Dom.Ria

The leading Ukrainian property portal Dom.Ria is owned by Estonian-based RIA.com Marketplaces OÜ. Dom.Ria competes with three strong portals owned by the same parent: Lun.ua, Flatfy and Rieltor which joined forces in April 2022.

Unfortunately, several minor portals in Ukraine appear to have gone out of business since the Russian invasion in 2022.

Ukrainian Real Estate Portal Trafiic Revised

 

Czech Republic - Sreality.cz

Leading Czech portal Sreality is owned and operated by Seznam - a company that runs over 20 online vertical businesses and that was, according to Wikipedia, a more popular search engine than Google in the country until 2011.

Czech Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Poland - Otodom.pl

Owned by OLX Group, Otodom is a big hitter in Poland. The portal competes with Morizon which was acquired by Axel Springer in 2020.

Polish Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Russia - Cian.ru

The market leader in Russia is already so dominant that local anti-monopoly authorities denied the company a mooted merger with Adevinta-owned general classifieds site Avito. Cian's competitors in the market include Prosus-owned Domofond as well as local players DomClick and Yandex.Realty (the real estate division of Russia's most popular search engine).

Russian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Belarus - Realt.by

Created in 2005 and, according to its website, very proud to be a data-driven portal, Realt.by leads the way among specialist property vertical sites in Belarus. Also popular in the country is the Adevinta-owned general classifieds site Kufar.

 

Lithuania - Aruodas.lt

Aruodas is part of the Baltic Classifieds Group which dominates in the region. BCG is majority-owned by APAX Partners who also own a majority stake in leading Spanish and Portuguese portal operator idealista.

Lithuanian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

 

Latvia - City24.lv

City24 is another portal from the Baltic Classifieds Group. The parent company went public on the London Stock Exchange in 2021.

Latvian Real Estate Portal Traffic

 

Estonia - Kv.ee

The first-ever Estonian property portal, kv.ee was started way back in 1999. The portal claims to have around 40,000 properties and receive 600,000 visits. Baltic Classifieds Group owns both kv.ee and its nearest competitor for traffic city24.ee

Estonian Real Estate Portal Traffic

May 9, 2023
Harvey is an experienced property journalist and copywriter. He has written about the property industry since 2015, starting at The Property Franchise Group in the UK, before moving to Spain to work for Spotahome. He has blogged for the private rented sector, ghostwritten for UK property experts and written case studies for franchise owners around the UK. Harvey joined Online Marketplaces as a News Editor in 2022.

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