iProperty Group Continuing The Momentum

What an exciting and busy week it has been!

We held our very first EXPO in Penang last weekend and what a tremendous success it was. Organised on behalf of the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (REHDA) Penang, MAPEX Penang 2012, with the theme The Most Lau Juak Property Show, was certainly well received by Penangnites and foreigners alike.

The three day expo, launched by YB Chow Kon Yeow, State EXCO for Local Government and Traffic Control, who represented YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, attracted over thousands of people from all walks of life who made their way to the Straits Quay Convention Centre to grab the best deals in town.

Here are some snap shots of the event:

YB Chow Kon Yeow Officially Launching MAPEX Penang 2012

Folks visiting the booths at the MAPEX PENANG 2012

After such an astounding success in Penang, all focus is now on delivering an equally successful iProperty.com International EXPO in Singapore, which will be held from the 20th – 22nd of April 2012 at the iconic Marina Bay Sands from 11am – 8pm.

Also present at the EXPO will be Howard, our friendly mascot in Singapore who is keen on letting people to be in the know not just about the latest in the property market, but to also provide them with the opportunity to discover the best deals in town.

From the peaks to the valleys, Howard is on ground to promote the EXPO.

So, do lock in the dates and we hope to see you there.

On a separate note, we are keeping to our promise to only deliver the best, fastest and easiest search experience for our consumers. We have recently made some changes to our website – iproperty.com.my, making download of information of property news and search faster. We are pleased to say that these changes will be implemented across our other three portals in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore.

So, brace yourself to have all the information you need to make an informed decision downloaded in a blink of an eye.

Another significant accomplishment on the innovation front is the Malaysian team winning at the recent Facebook Mobile Hack Day in Singapore. With a total of eight submission and only four winners to be selected, we are proud to win the Best Overall App for use of Facebook.

The team developed an app called the Property Friend Finder, which will enable users to find properties that are near their friends and family.

These are only some of the innovative things that we at the iProperty Group are working on. We assure you, there are more interesting things in store. So, do stay tuned!

Enjoy the week!

Record-breaking S$60 million in sales registered at iProperty.com EXPO

Expo drew overwhelming response with over 12,000 attendees and sell-out seminars

iProperty.com Singapore has once again reinforced its position as the country’s No. 1 property website, attracting a record of 12,000 attendees and registering over S$60 million in sales for the 3rd signature iProperty.com EXPO International Collection held over the weekend on 29 and 30 October 2011.

iProperty.com EXPO International Collection featured prominent international properties, the most prestigious property brands, real estate experts and property buyers in Singapore under one roof at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands. The two-day programme saw impressive exhibits from 56 participating companies, showcasing the most exciting developments in established as well as up-and-coming territories in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the USA, Thailand, the Philippines, India and Japan. Investors were also treated to a comprehensive series of insightful seminars where industry experts shared tips and tricks on property investing.

The Expo received overwhelming response from the investing community, as evidenced by the more than 20% increase in visitorship, and almost double the sales volume as compared to the Expo’s previous edition in March this year.

Active discussions and exchange of ideas also took place during the seminars, which saw a robust turn out with some sessions generously over-subscribed. Topics presented touched on issues surrounding maximising rental yield, spotting prime property below market value, need-to-know tips for foreign markets and the power of leverage – presented by experts such as Alfred Chia, Chief Executive Officer of SingCapital, Clara Tan, Managing Director of CTL Group and Kelvin Fong, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Trainer of Zest Academy Group.

“The Expo has once again reinforced its position as the leading property exhibition with more than S$80 million worth of potential sales discussed. We are confident that the Expo will continue to grow in tandem with the developments in the real estate industry, both locally and internationally. Investors are becoming more astute in making sound decisions when it comes to investing in local and overseas properties, especially with the state of the economy and stock markets worldwide. iProperty.com is proud to leverage on our network of partners in the region, to drive greater awareness and understanding of key property markets through this Expo – which I believe has a very receptive audience among Singaporeans,” says Shaun Di Gregorio, iProperty Group CEO.

Several exhibitors and industry leaders expressed satisfaction with the outcome of their participation in the event, with many citing the right target group of attendees and the relevant networking opportunities as the event’s key selling points.

“We have been participating in this Expo since its 2010 edition, and we are impressed with the ever-increasing amount of sales that we clinched at each subsequent event. This time, we saw how popular our projects are with investors, having sold 13 units worth 13 million in total. The iProperty.com Expo has proven to be a worthwhile platform for us to showcase our exciting offerings to investors in Singapore, and we look forward to another successful event,” said Patrick Choi, Deputy Senior Manager, UEM Land Holdings Bhd, developer for various projects including the highly anticipated Puteri Harbour and Kota Iskandar in Putrajaya.

Said Mohammed Ismail Gafoor, PropNex Realty, “As a leading real estate company with footprints in Singapore and the region, we are very pleased with the level of interest shown by visitors at the event. It is heartening to know that while investors in Singapore are getting more financially savvy and knowledgeable, they are nonetheless also cautious and careful about property investments – especially with regards to overseas projects. We are pleased to share our expertise with them through this platform, and look forward to seeing them at the next edition.”

iProperty.com Expo visitors were also impressed with the diverse range of property investment options on showcase, well-presented through sophisticated, intricately-designed scale models, with experts on hand to dish out valuable tips and advice.

“The Expo is definitely a high-calibre event, featuring leading international property brands and industry leaders – all with a wealth of expertise to share with visitors like me. The seminars were very enriching and speakers were able to address all the concerns and queries that I had,” said Ms Josephine Chew, who attended seminar sessions on both days of the Expo.

“There was a host of attractive investment options presented at the iProperty.com Expo, in exciting places like Australia. I look forward to seeing more of such options in the next event,” said Ms Wong, a property investor who visited the Expo on 29 October.

The iProperty.com EXPO International Collection will return for its 4th edition in 2012. For more information on the next edition of the iProperty.com EXPO International Collection, please visit http://www.iproperty.com/expo.