Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR) has released a property portal covering all Romanian counties at bcrimobiliare.ro. Along with property listings, the new portal provides home hunters with information on contracts, mortgages, home financing and insurance. “BCR is the first bank to launch such a portal,” said Stefan Coroianu, CEO of the BCR retail loan division, in an interview with actmedia.eu. “We want to offer our clients nationwide an integrated solution." BCR, a member of Erste Group, targets both retail and corporate clients and manages over €16 billion. According to smartfinancial.ro, the bank has already signed partnerships with over 150 agencies
Echoing realestate.com.au's record visitor numbers is UK company The Digital Property Group, which says its findaproperty.com and primelocation.com portals both set new records for unique visitors in August. According to TDPG, findaproperty.com attracted 4 million unique visitors for the month, which is a 25 percent year-on-year increase. primelocation.com also achieved a new monthly record with 444,000 more unique visitors than in August 2009 - an increase of 21 percent. Overall, TDPG says its portfolio of website saw over 8 million home searchers in August, which an increase of 17 percent year-on-year. The company adds that leads were also up
UK market leader rightmove.co.uk released its iPhone application just over a year ago, but has waited until now to follow up with a website for mobile. The portal says its new mobile website includes GPS functionality that allows users to map out nearby properties, and the ability to synch saved properties with their rightmove.co.uk accounts. "The mobile sector is growing into a key component of rightmove.co.uk's offering," says Miles Shipside, the portal's commercial director. "We have observed patterns of traffic during the summer months whereby on hot days our website traffic dips but iPhone traffic jumps, as people are
Australian telecommunications company Telstra has announced that Chinese classifieds portal soufun.com has filed for an initial public offering. According to the announcement, soufun.com's IPO registration statement contains an indicative price range per ADS of US$40.50 to $42.50, which would would value 100 percent of soufun.com at approximately $810 million to $850 million immediately prior to the IPO. Telstra says it plans to sell down its 50.5 percent stake in soufun.com, which it bought in 2006 for $254 million. soufun.com lists real estate amongst its classifieds, and was the highest ranked website in the real estate category on Google’s June list
North Irish news company UTV has acquired a 50 percent stake in propertypal.com, which claims to offer NI's largest number of properties for sale and rent. UTV will now support the portal through TV and radio advertising on UTV and U105. propertypal.com founder Errol Maxwell will continue as managing director and the website’s eight staff will be based at UTV’s headquarters in Belfast. Jeremy Biggerstaff, managing director of UTV New Media, says this acquisition adds to UTV's suite of classifieds portals. "We have already made significant investments in the car market with UTV Drive, and the recruitment industry with
Australia's realestate.com.au has hit a new traffic record, reaching 6,872,760 unique browsers during August. According to realestate.com.au, these Nielsen figures show an 11.7 percent increase on July's unique browser total. The new traffic record comes after realestate.com.au launched a new advertising campaign for spring. The past month has also seen record financial results from realestate.com.au parent company REA Group, along with another departure from the realestate.com.au management team. Along with the increase in visitors, realestate.com.au says it also saw a six percent month-on-month increase in new residential listings during August. New South Wales had the highest number of new
South African real estate technology company Entegral has acquired the property.co.za domain name and launched a property portal focused on natural language search. Visitors to the portal are presented with a search box that contains suggestions for these types of searches, such as "farms in western cape under R3m" or "Krugersdorp houses between R800k and R1.5m." "Although the property.co.za domain is currently raked in the 15th position on Google for the search done on the keyword: “property”, Entegral aims to get the website amongst the top 10 ranking positions soon," the company states. Entegral also owns myproperty.co.za, which added
kualalumpurproperty.com, a property portal focused on the Malaysian capital, has now relaunched as a free-to-list website. The portal, which also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, was founded by Doug Pierce in 2006. Pierce tells propertyportalwatch.com that the website is a work in progress, but that it is generating revenue through on-site advertising, property leads, and sponsored editorials. A statement from kualalumpurproperty.com says it is the city's top property portal by search engine rank. "kualalumpurproperty.com has for many years successfully held its ground against larger competitors iproperty.com.my and thinkproperty.com.my, which merged last month," the statement adds.
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A new agent-owned luxury property portal is to launch at the end of next week, offering free listings to its members. fabricproperty.com has evolved from Fabric Magazine, and is owned by a consortium of London-based agents who will have control over the content and direction of the website. The website's listings will cover some of the most affluent neighbourhoods in London. "Many property portals have been ramping up their charges recently but fabricproperty.com is not operated by media owners - the agents themselves run it and they are the shareholders,” explains Simon Hobbs, managing director of Forward Limited, the