Start-up Shabesh pioneers agent rating system

26 Jul 2017

Shabesh.com, a real estate start-up in Iran, introduced an agent rating system to help home seekers make informed decisions after studying the performance appraisal reports of property agents, according to media reports.

Shabesh.com’s logo

A first of its kind in Iran’s online real estate market, the rating system was inspired by the rating systems of local ride-hailing apps Snapp and Tap30. It enables users to monitor the activity of real estate agents and gives them background information on real estate agents.

“We focus on the ratings and the feedback from users,” Shahriar Hojabr, founder and chief executive officer at Shabesh, told economic daily Financial Tribune.

Shahriar Hojabr,
founder and CEO of Shabesh.com (from his LinkedIn profile with thanks)

Tehran-based Shabesh.com launched in January 2016. It charges agents a monthly fee to be able to list. The rating system is currently available in Tehran, but the site plans to expand it to other parts of the country.

“We have 400,000 empty houses in Tehran,” Hojabr told information site TechRasa in an interview in January. According to the Shabesh site (here), 2.5 million houses are currently empty across the country.

Shabesh.com, which has 25 employees, does not attract as much traffic as its major competitors do. In June, the site (desktop and mobile sites) recorded 15,000 visits as compared to IHome.ir (390,000), Moshaver.com (230,000), Eskano.com (190,000), Alounak.com (170,000) and Iranfile.ir (95,000), according to SimilarWeb.com.

Shabesh also has app for Android and IOS, but the download tally is negligible. About 24 real estate verticals operate in the country.

General classifieds sites Divar.ir and Sheypoor.com also list properties for selling and renting. They are the top players, with monthly visits of 5.4 million and 2.8 million in June, respectively.

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Tariq Ahmed Saeedi

Tariq Ahmed Saeedi covers Pakistan. Tariq is curious to dig up stories revealing the potential of technologies in turning things around.