Complete our Asia Property Sentiment Survey 2012 and WIN!

The iProperty.com Asia Property Sentiment Survey is here! This time round, you will stand a chance to win more attractive prizes!

Prizes descriptions:

Grand Prize: 3D2N for 2 at Taman Ahimsa, Worth SGD990
Second prize: 3D2N for 2 at Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, Worth SGD990
Third prize: 3D2N for 2 at Villa Cantik, Worth SGD500
Consolation Prize: S$20 Crabtree & Evelyn Gift Vouchers. (50 lucky winners)
 

All it takes is 3 minutes of your time to complete the survey to be in the running for the prizes. Your participation is greatly appreciated as your views and sentiments will provide invaluable insights on the Singapore property market and Asian property market trends.

After you have completed the survey, another page will open for you to enter the contest. Do remember to provide your particulars to be eligible for the contest. You can be assured that your personal particulars will be kept strictly private and confidential, and your responses are not personally identifying.

Lastly, all survey questions must be answered to be eligible for the contest. Contest ends on 30 July 2012.

Hurry and start clicking the blue button below and be on your way to win! We wish you the best of luck!

*Results will be announced on 31 August 2012 on our Facebook Fan Page.

 

 

iProperty Puts Safety First

Nayati Moodliar's Safe Return to his family.

 

In the month of May, the world, in particularly Malaysia joint in the celebration in knowing that 12 year-old NayatiMoodliar was safely returned to his family unharmed, after being abducted and held captive for a week. While the celebrations continued and police worked towards capturing the perpetrators, the nation was once again shocked by the news of two female real estate agents that was raped and the other murdered within 24 hours last week.

 

In a report by New Straits Times recently, it was stated that barely 24 hours after real estate agent Chen Choi Mooi was found murdered in Batu Dam, Gombak, another real estate agent was stripped naked and tied up by her “prospective clients”. She was however successfully rescued by police, who was alerted by auxiliary policemen, who had been tipped off that the victim was held captive at a condominium in Mont Kiara.

 

We are deeply saddened by the news and would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Chen Choi Mooi and to the other victim, it is our hope and prayer that you will be able to overcome the trauma and recover from the ordeal.

 

As such, we would like to urge all agents, regardless whether you are a male or female, to take all the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. We have outlined some safety tips here – Being Safe Matters – Tips and steps to be safe on the job.

 

Please remember that the smallest bit of prevention goes a long way in ensuring your own personal safety. Be safe!

 

On a different note, I am extremely happy to highlight that our year-to-date results in all the four countries in which we operate in have reported astounding growth.  

 

iProperty.com.my continues to be the clear leader in Malaysia and was also recently ranked the world’s 3rd most dominant portal when compared to other competitor portals by Property Portal Watch. The Malaysia business has and continues to achieve many milestones over the course of 2012.

 

In the first quarter of 2012, GoHome.com.hk has also successfully extended its lead in Hong Kong. The website continues to outperform other local real estate portals with the highest traffic, user and listing figures, making the most effective online advertising platform for local real estate and living sectors

 

Moving on the Indonesian market, we have also seen tremendous growth in both our portals, rumah123.com and rumahdanproperti.com, which we acquired in August last year. iProperty.com.sg continues to be the equal market leader and has established a clear position as a trusted source for information, property intelligence and buyer insights, in Singapore.

Another piece of exciting news that I wanted to share with you, was that we have expanded our family! The iProperty Group will soon be in Macau via the acquisition of vproperty.com, the country’s leading property portal. The acquisition extends the reach of the Group in the region with the Macau based portal being managed by the iProperty Group’s GoHome.com.hk business.

 

The portal currently generates revenue from local real estate agencies and property developers. It receives 50,000 consumer visits per month, generating 500,000 page impressions and has 60 registered agents as paying subscribers.

 

The success we achieved here, and continue to achieve, could not have been possible without your continuous support and believe in us as your trusted voice in all things property related. Thank you!

 

Have a great week!

iProperty is the talk of the town in all countries

What if I told you we were giving away a house for free? What if I told you that winning that house was as easy as 123? And no, we are not pulling your leg! On Labour Day, the team in Indonesia, Rumah123.com, launched the biggest online marketing campaign ever to be held online. A campaign that is set to give one lucky Indonesian an opportunity to win a house worth 500 million rupiah! Now, isn’t that something to shout about?

Well, we certainly got the town talking and visitors flocking through our site to participate in this extremely hard to resist contest. So, if you are an Indonesian citizen, don’t be left out! Submit an entry NOW here! You could just be the lucky winner to move in to a brand new home!

 

In Malaysia, thousands of people are making their way to the iProperty.com Expo 2012 at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre. Held from the 4th – 6th of May, the Expo features Malaysia’s Hottest Properties under one roof and it’s the only place for property buyers and investors to find irresistible deals on the latest developments in town. So, if you are on the hunt for that next investment or in the search for your dream home, then head down over today. The EXPO is opened from 11am – 8pm.

 

We look forward to seeing you there! There will even be lucky draw prizes worth over RM700,000 waiting to be won!

On a different note, we’re proud to have launched our newly revamped ThinkProperty.my website! You can now post your property for sale/rent for FREE and participate in our very popular property forums where you can ask and discuss your thoughts and opinions.

We are also the talk of the town in Hong Kong with the formation of strategic cooperation’s with key leading developers. The formation of these strategic partnerships with leading developers solidifies GoHome.com’s position as the clear market leader in Hong Kong.

Moving on to Singapore, the 5th International Property Expo which was held in the Marina Bay Sands from the 20th – 22nd of April was hugely successful. Consumers walked away with great deals and developers were extremely happy with the turnout and success of the event.

On a separate note, I was extremely happy to hear that Nayati Moodliar, the little boy who was abducted on the way to school last week, has been safely reunited with his parents. I can only imagine the anguish and trauma that the little child was put through. I was happy to read that he is well and high in spirits. You are brave boy and your courage is certainly to be admired!

Have a great weekend!

A Stellar Quarter for the iProperty Group

I can’t believe that April is almost over and it will soon be May. April has truly been an exciting and busy month for the iProperty Group.

iProperty Group - How much we have grown!

Amidst juggling a busy schedule, I am extremely excited to report that the iProperty Group had a stellar first quarter. The Group’s year-on-year growth comparison between Q1 2011 and Q1 2012 saw a 69.4% increase in unique visitors, a 58.5% increase in pageviews and a 59.6% increase in leads across our portals.

These results are a testament to our relentless focus in delivering more exposure and leads to our agent and developer advertisers while continually growing traffic by ensuring our consumers get the best possible experience when searching for property.

Below is a short summary on how each of the countries we operate in performed:

Singapore

iProperty.com Singapore remains strong as equal market leader as it continues its push with the launch of its new consumer campaign, increasing engagement and arming property buyers with insights to help them make sound property purchase decisions.

iProperty.com Singapore experienced an increase in visitors to the website by 29% between February to March 2012. Advertisers also enjoyed a whopping 34% increase in total leads over the same period to an all-time high of 72,196.

 

Malaysia

iProperty.com Malaysia further strengthened its leadership position as Malaysia’s portal of choice as it continues to deliver strong year-on-year growth. More than 1 million unique visitors visit the site monthly and despite the country’s maturing market, the gap continues to widen between iProperty.com Malaysia and its closest competitor by over 190%.

The portal saw a surge in consumer traffic and leads between January and February 2012 with unique visitors increasing by 12% and leads sent to advertisers rising by 45% to 291,334.

I am also pleased to announce that the team has successfully performed a hat-trick by snapping up the award of property magazine of the year for the third consecutive year.

Awarded by Advertising + Marketing magazine and based on Boardroom Research’s annual magazine rankings, it was revealed that iProperty.com Malaysia emerged the preferred property magazine of choice, placing the likes of Property Buyer and Home Finder in second and third place respectively. Kudos to the team and a big THANK YOU to our readers for making us your preferred property magazine!

 

Hong Kong

GoHome.com.hk experienced record high traffic in Q1 of 2012 as visitors continue to choose the website as the no.1 portal for Hong Kong, extending the gap between Gohome.com.hk and its competitors. Gohome.com.hk is now the dominant property portal in Hong Kong.

February 2012 was an outstanding month for the business with advertisers enjoying an increase in leads by 47.7%, a massive undertaking during the festive month. Underpinning this surge in traffic is its recent launch of the new products and services aimed at the enormous property developer market.

 

Indonesia

Since we acquired Rumah123.com, we have seen tremendous growth in all key metrics with an average month-on-month unique visitor growth of 14% and a tremendous 44% month-on-month growth in leads. The business continues to grow from strength to strength because of its focus on delivering innovative product offerings and value to its customers to drive growth.

Rumah123.com has since gained recognition and approval of the real estate industry as the business has grown its customer base by 75% since September 2011.

Rumah123.com also further cemented its relationship with local property developers with its recent MOU undertaking as exclusive online partner with DDP REI (Real Estate Indonesia), an association with over 2,500 property developer members.

Aside from that, Rumah123.com recently launched the biggest ever social media contest to be organized by a property portal in Indonesia.  With attractive prizes worth over 500 million rupiah, we urge you to log on www.rumah123.com to obtain more information on the contest.

Who knows, you could just be that lucky winner!

 

CommercialAsia.com

The latest addition to the iProperty Group’s stable of property websites, commercialasia.com, which was launched in November 2011, continues to gain momentum month-on-month as interest in commercial property investment continues to grow and the brand gains traction in the market. This is evidenced by the website’s visitors from over 100 countries with 71% of these visits accounting as direct traffic.

In 5 short months, CommercialAsia has experienced a near 100% growth in unique visitors to 146,084 and pageviews by 55% to 271,412 since its launch.

Here’s looking forward to a fantastic Quarter 2!

Have a great weekend and Happy Labour Day!

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!

Let’s Meet, Spot, Snap and WIN with Howard!

“From the Peaks to the Valleys, Know where gems can be discovered. From the North to the South, We’ve got Singapore covered.”

Does this poem sound or look familiar? Have you seen this at any particular train station? Have you seen our new mascot? You must be wondering by now what this is all about!

Meet Howard, our newest addition to the iProperty.com family!

Spot Howard Facebook Photo Contest

Follow Howard, as he endeavours to let you Be iN the Know with the latest property insights and hottest property news!

We’re excited to introduce Howard, and to celebrate that, we’ll like to share our joy with you!

What that means for you is that you can stand a chance to win S$100 worth of cash weekly just by following 3 simple steps!

Step 1: SPOT Howard, and SNAP a picture together! (that’s simple)

Step 2: LIKE our Facebook page! (just 1 click)

Step 3: Post your picture under “Spot Howard”on our Facebook page! (and you’re done)

You will then stand a chance to be one of the lucky winners of $100 cash weekly!

What you then need to do is to look out for your email (if you are one of the lucky weekly winner) to be informed on details to collect your prize!

For more details on this exciting contest, hop on down to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ipropertysg!

We want you to be one of our winners! So join us in this photo contest!

Keep those pictures coming! We’re waiting!

iProperty Group – Delivering Record Breaking Results

A philosopher by the name of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel once said that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.

I concur that with passion, topped with determination, we can achieve anything we set out to do. As such, we have embodied this into our core values, where we ensure that we remain passionate in our words and actions while aiming for excellence.

This success was evidenced by the fact that in 2011, we helped millions of property buyers across our four portals search for their dream home or next property investment, be it locally or internationally. This phenomenal success was also seen with our agents who have successfully grown and taken their business to greater heights. Aside from that, the iProperty Group has been instrumental in providing a highly effective platform for hundreds of developers across the region promote their developments.

So, in 2012, you can be assured that we will continue to focus on providing consumers with the best experience when searching for property on either one of our four portals. We are also committed to being long term partners with the real estate industry in successfully growing their businesses while we increase our focus on providing integrated digital marketing solutions to the ever burgeoning property developer market across the region.

In lieu of that, in Hong Kong, the team held their annual dinner for customers and the event was well attended.

A Group Picture – The Hong Kong Team With Agents

On a separate note, in my previous blog, I stated that we recently released the findings of our iProperty.com Asia Property Market Sentiment Report 2012. The survey, conducted across our four portals in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, revealed that Asians were very keen on investing in properties overseas, with many citing migration, favorable currency rates and economic slowdown as reasons for their interest.

The findings of the survey further reinforced our desire to provide property buyers with a platform to search for properties overseas with greater ease and accessibility. With that, we launched an International section on each of the portals that we have. This new channel will not only serve the needs of local property buyers but will also provide property developers and agents, outside of the Group’s core markets easy access to investors in Asia.

With our unrivaled reach to Asia’s largest online property audience, the new channel will set the benchmark for the way property developers and agents reach their potential investors. It will also offer them a platform to engage with Asian investors in the most cost effective and highly efficient manner.

So if you are on the hunt for properties overseas, do visit http://www.iproperty.com.sg/international/

On a more fun note, today marks Employee Appreciation Day across the globe, which occurs annually on the first Friday of the month of March.

So to all employees across the iProperty Group, I would like to thank you for your passion, determination, commitment and dedication in taking the Group to higher levels. It’s because of you, we have achieved many milestones.

Enjoy the weekend!

iProperty.com Asia Property Market Sentiment Report 2012

In December last year, many of you participated in iProperty.com Asia Property Market Sentiment Survey, which resulted in this Report. We thank you for making this Report so great, filled with insights that we’re sure will help you make better property decisions – here and overseas.

As the first regional online property survey of its kind, the iProperty.com Asia Property Market Report comprises of 7,720 responses from website visitors and subscribers of iProperty Group networks in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The survey revealed a common thread amongst property buyers throughout the region, but also key country-specific findings.

Did you know?

“85.6% of respondents in Singapore deemed affordability and
rising housing prices as the top 2 issues in the property market.”

“42.2% of Singaporean users in the survey showed interest in overseas property,
citing Malaysia and Australia as their most preferred overseas locations.”

“Over half (51.7%) of Singapore buyers has a budget of
between SGD 500,000 to SGD 1 million.”

“ Two-thirds (66.4%) felts that the Singapore property market is holding
up well despite the threat of a global recession.”

“ 58.3% agreed that the government should
step in to control COV on HDB flats.”

 

Download the full 65-page Report now.