Scout24 Acquires Landlord Property Management Platform Vermietet

May 11, 2021
Share this Post: 

Market-leading German property portal operator Scout24 has today announced that it has acquired German private landlord software business for an undisclosed sum.

Berlin-based Vermietet, the core brand of parent company Zenhomes, was founded in 2016 by Jannes Fischer, who will be kept on as Managing Director. The firm's latest funding round was a Series A of some €13 million back in the summer of 2019 participated in by René Benko's SIGNA Group.

The deal sees Scout24 expand its ancillary services around its main real estate marketplace ImmoScout24 where listings packages will be offered with Vermietet's comprehensive cloud-based property management toolkit to make bring more services under one brand in one location. Commenting on his company's acquisition, Scout24 CEO Tobias Hartmann said:

"With, we will substantially extend ImmoScout24's product offering for private landlords, fully in line with our market network strategy. With the investment in this company and continued partnership with Jannes Fischer and his team, we will accelerate our digital product development for the tenant market. In the German real estate market, rent is key. By the end of 2021, our customers will benefit from first synergies of both platforms"

For his part, Fischer said of the deal:

"We are delighted to have ImmoScout24 as a new partner. We share the vision of making complicated processes in the real estate market more digital, transparent and simpler. With hundreds of thousands rental objects already managed through, we are already a market leading solution for private landlords. With the marketing power and reach of ImmoScout24, we will be able to further catalyse our growth to jointly create an entire ecosystem, forever redefining how people interact with real estate"

Leading property portals in mature markets looking to increase their presence in ancillary services around property transactions is nothing new, but the number of these type of deals seems to be increasing. Zoopla, long known for its desire to get into ancillary services, has snapped up housebuilder software firm YourKeys as well as comparison site operator Penguin Portals in the last six months, REA Group recently bought mortgage company Mortgage Choice, and Zillow has been on the back foot in terms of its PR after buying out popular visit scheduling company Showing Time in February.

Recent deals with even more parallels to Scout24's latest announcement include OnTheMarket's purchase of rental platform Glanty as recently as March and Idealista's acquisition of rental management software company Rentger in January.

As former Scout24 CEO Marc Stilke told us in a recent interview, Scout24 is very interested in how to monetise private listers as well as established estate agents and with today's acquisition announcement the Munich-based classifieds giant is taking another big step in this direction.

May 11, 2021
Edmund got to know the world of portals and marketplaces working at Mitula Group (which became Lifull Connect after the buyout in 2018). He worked directly with hundreds of portals across the world in his role in the content department for three and a half years before transferring to the SEO department to understand the inner workings of listings sites. He joined Online Marketplaces as Head of Content in March 2020.

Subscribe to our mailing list to get the famous, free Friday newsletter!

News and analysis to help build better online marketplace businesses, in your inbox, every Friday

Related News

Bienici Recruitment
Bien'ici Partners with Primary Market Specialist Ikimo9 to Provide Much Needed Mandates for Agent Customers

The French agent-owned real estate portal Bien'ici has partnered with the primary real estate comparison specialist Ikimo9 to help boost...

Read More
Costar Richmond Op5 2
"What moron would shoot themselves in the head by doing that?" - CoStar Boss Andy Florance Denies Involvement in Commissions Trials

CoStar CEO Andy Florance says that his company has nothing to do with the ongoing bombshell buyer-side commissions trials currently...

Read More
Shutterstock 1892686795 1
Will There Be Any Agent-Controlled Property Portals Left in Ten Years?

"Wow. Agents really missed the boat, didn't they?" That was my reaction when I first plotted the graphs for our...

Read More
Propertyguru Appoints Ray Ferguson as New Chairman of the Board

PropertyGuru, Southeast Asia’s leading PropTech company, has appointed Ray Ferguson as the new Chairman of the Board, effective January 2024....

Read More

Editor's Pick