UK property portal operator The Digital Property Group (TDPG) has appointed three new senior sales managers and says it is aiming to put "further pressure on the number one portal position." Stephen Gaisford, former head of housing associations at rightmove.co.uk, is now TDPG's head of new homes. Gaisford is joined by former UK and Ireland sales director of 118 118 Media Greg Bryce, who will be TDPG's national sales manager. The third new appointment is former Time Warner Group property manager Tamsin Luck, who will manage TDPG's key accounts. TDPG says the senior sales management team are joined by
Two property search engines on opposite sides of the globe are looking for people to join their teams: nestoria.co.uk and rentbits.com. nestoria.co.uk explains its need for more staff is a result of having "too many ideas of things to do and not enough good people to do them". The call for an engineering manager, technical product manager, and engineering intern comes as nestoria.co.uk's counterpart, nestoria.com.au, hits the Australian market. In the US, rentbits.com says it is growing at a "tremendous" rate and wants to hire "multiple sales executives with experience and contacts in the multi-family industry". rentbits.com's description of its
Canadian real estate search engine zoocasa.com is set to relaunch next month, offering new neighbourhood-based advertising options for agents and brokerages. zoocasa.com came out of beta in September last year, and was reportedly sued soon after by Century 21 Canada for allegedly scraping information from websites provided by Century 21 brokers and representatives without seeking permission. Now, zoocasa.com is offering agents and brokerages the opportunity to advertise their services through banner ads specific to each neighbourhood. There are four such ads available for each neighbourhood, and zoocasa.com says they have been "selling fast". Like other property search engines, zoocasa.com
The Australian version of Nestoria - nestoria.com.au - is now live, offering home hunters the ability to search property for sale and rent across the country. The new search engine was created in partnership with Classified Ad Ventures (owner of propertyportalwatch.com). Nestoria co-founder Ed Freyfogle had this to say about the process of creating nestoria.com.au: "Australia is a highly-developed real estate market in a growing economy (doing much better than all European markets in the last year). We see Australia as the natural bridge to the growth markets of Asia. Being a European team based in London, operating in
A recent customer survey by globaledge.co.uk has revealed the property portals agents and developers see as the best at generating quality leads, with Spanish portal kyero.com coming out on top. kyero.com is a niche portal serving overseas buyers. It was founded in 2003 and voted Best International Property Portal at the 2007 CNBC Awards. kyero.com scored 2.36 out of a possible four points to come top of the list. Spanish news and information website thinkspain.com was voted the second best lead generating portal. globaledge.co.uk explains the bias towards Spanish portals is a result of the fact that a high
Leading Dutch property portal funda.nl has joined forces with De Telegraaf to offer cheaper advertisements for commercial property and has also teamed up with Samsung to display its content on TVs. funda.nl says the print partnership will allow agents who advertise on its commercial section, fundainbusiness.nl, to list their properties in De Telegraaf at a reduced price. Each month, these properties will be published in full colour advertisements in De Financiële Telegraaf with a direct link to the fundainbusiness.nl listing. According to funda.nl, its commercial section currently lists 24,275 properties and attracts approximately 200,000 visitors every month, which makes it
The following article appeared in the NY Times about augmented reality (or layaring) and its usage in the online real estate market. The author was R. Scott Macintosh. Here is a link to the original article. Open the mobile phone application offered by a French real estate agency and point your phone at a building along the Champs-Élysées or some other street in Paris. Within seconds, you will see the property’s value per square meter, superimposed over a live image of the building streamed through the phone’s camera. Speed and convenience delivered with the aim of a smartphone. Could this
propertyportalwatch.com understands that Doug Blue, general manager of customer marketing at REA Group, has been made redundant after a company restructure. Sources say REA Group will soon merge its consumer and customer marketing teams, and that Blue was a casualty of this decision. Blue is one of a number of people who have left the REA team over the past two years. His leaving follows the departure of head of residential Daniel Bignold in March and director Alasdair MacLeod in early February. In 2009, the company also lost general manager for international business Shaun Di Gregorio and Australian CEO Jamie Pride.
US online brokerage redfin.com has added its second location for the year and rolled out a number of new services for customers. After the addition of Portland and most of Western Oregon in February, redfin.com has now added Phoenix, which it describes as "the graveyard of real estate brokers". redfin.com's blog post explains: "Yes, the market is in rough shape. Yes, competition in Phoenix is fierce. But we can take it. redfin.com's site will be, by far, the best real estate search site in Phoenix, if for no other reason than that we have data no one else does:
It seems the recently updated property search section of nytimes.com could soon have some competition for traffic. The past week has seen the launch of a new online brokerage for New York, and the release of another combined property and news portal is also on the horizon. Specialist online brokerage condodomain.com has now established itself in New York City at ny.condodomain.com, four months after the Real Estate Board of New York announced its virtual office website (VOW) application. A condodomain.com blog post says New York is "a market that has been known to be against this type of innovation,"