jaap.nl, the Netherlands’ number two ranked property portal, is now offering a wealth of neighbourhood facts to property hunters through a partnership with information website omgevingsscan.nl. omgevingsscan.nl provides a map-based search powered by Google Maps along with information from various databases covering everything from the population density of a neighbourhood to its soil structure. Not all this information is free, however, and jaap.nl says it will charge its customers “one or two euros” to access facts such as noise levels and crime statistics. jaap.nl released a Layar-based augmented reality property search in October and started promoting the use of
propertyfinder.ae, the leading property portal for the United Arab Emirates, has just released a feature that allows users to submit price proposals on listings. propertyfinder.ae says the new “make an offer” tool is aimed at eliminating the haggling and time involved in buying or leasing a property. The portal has noticed a tendency for some properties to receive a great deal of traffic but few enquiries while others see high turnover, which it attributes to more realistic pricing. “Most people residing in the UAE pretty much know where they want to live coupled with how much they can afford,”
The free Property Portal Watch Workshop in New York is only 1 month away. This workshop brings together property portal leaders from around the world to discuss the key issues facing their businesses and the industry in general. Of course, Google is bound to be a hot topic of discussion. Already we have had over 70 registrations for this event, making it the biggest Property Portal Watch Workshop yet held. We are fortunate to have Senior Management attending from market leading portals around the world including: Immobilienscout24 and Immonet in Germany Funda.nl in the Netherlands Seloger in France Propertyfinder.ae in
UK property search engine zoomf.com has upgraded to its sixth version and now offers new features for paid listings. According to the zoomf.com blog, the new paid listings are agent branded and have more prominent contact details. A link to the Google Maps view has also been included, and distinguishing property features are highlighted in zoomf.com's search results. Examples of these upgraded listings can be viewed here. Trinity Mirror plc acquired zoomf.com in November 2008. Its users can search for property to buy and let across the UK, and search results typically link through to agent websites. In a
News is sweeping the UK property industry that propertyindex.com appears in be going into administration. A report on The Negotiator states the portal informed staff that it filed for administration last Thursday, and that commercial director Lee Bramzell is preparing a management buy out. A former propertyindex.com employee, who asked to remain anonymous, contacted propertyportalwatch.com late last night saying a large number of people at the portal have recently been made redundant and that it has now gone into administration. “I would suggest that any agent who has credited their propertyindex.com account gives serious consideration to getting their money
For the second year in a row, property24.com has taken out the award for Best Property Website in the 2009 South African E-Commerce Awards. The awards were established in 2006 by jump.co.za, a shopping website that allows users to search product categories and compare prices. Over 50,000 votes were cast this year, which is five times more than in 2008. privateproperty.co.za was named runner up in the Best Property Website category. property24.com currently lists 156,716 properties for sale and rent. In September, the portal was relaunched with what it describes as a “cleaner, simpler and more intuitive search interface”.
Australian free-to-list portal realestate1.com.au, which currently covers the state of Victoria, is launching a bid for capital by listing on the Australian Small Scale Offering Board (ASSOB). realestate1.com.au director Christian Ongarello says he initially hopes to raise AUD $1 million to spend on an extensive marketing campaign. Ongarello says this will lead to a “huge” uptake in clients from all areas of Victoria. “Our exclusive investor meetings have been astounding thus far with many parcels sold prior to launching our offerings on the ASSOB website,” Ongarello says. “We anticipate that a significant interest will come from real estate agents
Spanish online publisher Unidad Editorial has bought a 22 percent stake in globaliza.com, which claims to be Spain's third most popular real estate classifieds website. A globaliza.com blog post explains that the website has been in business for 11 years and sees 1.2 million visitors per month. globaliza.com says these visitors generate 180,000 communications between buyers and sellers on the website. globaliza.com works on a free-to-list, pay-to-upgrade model.
UK portal brightmove.co.uk is now offering a pay-per-lead option for its agents. Agents can choose to pay £25 each time they receive a lead rather than subscribing. If they sell a property, agents are charged £150 for the lead that resulted in the sale. brightmove.co.uk also offers a subscription model for agents costing £60 for the first trial year, then £25 per month. The portal’s latest statistics show an average of 26,183 page views and 6,222 visits per month over the last nine months. This time last year, leading UK portal rightmove.co.uk challenged brightmove.co.uk's choice of domain name, however
UK For Sale By Owner website hablib.com is running two competitions to promote its service. The first competition focuses on hablib.com’s social networking capabilities. The member who has the most contacts on the website by 30 April 2010 will be picked up by Anton Kreil, hablib.com’s managing director, and taken for a track day racing supercars. “The competition is to display how fun and fulfilling life can be if we all pull together to trade homes amongst ourselves instead of paying agents fees,” Kreil explains. In a recent interview with propertyportalwatch.com, Kreil said he sees social networking as central