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!

Your iProperty.com Expo Attendance Tips: Guerrilla Insider Techniques to Maximize the Time you Spend At An Exhibition

As any regular property exhibition visitor will tell you, the prospect of navigating the “maze format” and picking from the wide variety of free seminars and property exhibits can sometimes be mind-boggling. However, coming prepared and having an idea of what you are looking for will make it easy to zoom in quickly on the investments you are most interested in, and help you get the most out your time at the upcoming iProperty.com Expo at Marina Bay Sands Expo Centre, Hall A on October 29 (Sat) and 30 (Sun).

Time It Right

Just as peak rush hour is the worst possible time to get on public transport in Singapore, avoiding certain “high traffic” times will help make it easier for you to “siam” the worst of the crowds and meet with as many exhibitors as possible.

The most crowded time of the day is usually just after 5pm, after they have done some shopping in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Although this may vary, a good rule of thumb is that exhibitions are generally least crowded right after opening (10am) and slightly after lunch (1pm).

Plan of Attack – Exhibitor Booth Strategy

Before starting to make the rounds around the exhibition hall, take a couple minutes to familiarize yourself with the floor plan of the area. A map of where each exhibitor’s stand is located, together with a brief description of the investment products they are exhibiting can be found in the Show Directory. As you may have a list of the exhibitors you would like to speak to, identify which ones are on the top on your list.

Although not required, you may want to consider bringing your business card to give out, as this will save you the trouble of scribbling down your particulars into every registration book. Keep a close watch on the time, so you do not miss the popular seminar sessions you came to the exhibition for simply because you got distracted meeting with exhibitors.

Walkabout the Property Exhibition Grounds

As there may be a queue to speak to the exhibitors during peak times, save time by not queuing like everyone else, but instead approach the booth table quietly from the side and pick up a copy of the brochure that is prominently displayed on the table. Then take a few steps back and listen. Why? You will be within earshot of the conversations taking place, and can listen to the questions asked and answers given by the exhibitors. Did the exhibitor respond impatiently to queries, or patiently address every question? If you decide you still have unanswered questions, you can walkabout the rest of the property grounds and make your way back again when they are less busy.

Speak to a Fellow Investor

The first priority at an exhibition is to make sure you speak with the exhibitors and attend the information-packed seminars. But what if you find yourself staring into space while waiting for the seminar or queuing to speak with an exhibitor? This is yet another chance for you to take advantage of being among like-minded individuals interested in increasing their net worth, and for you to network. Simply turn to those closest to you and ask them the standard exhibition fair question: “So what investments look interesting today?” Ask them who they have spoken to, and what investments they believe look particularly promising. And it would not be a bad idea to exchange business cards. After all, your network has just increased by one!

Visit the iProperty.com EXPO on 29 and 30 October at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Expo & Convention Centre Hall A, from 10am to 7pm.

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