Earlier this month, Scout24 Group, parent company of Germany’s No.1 real estate platform ImmobilienScout24, and No. 2 auto platform AutoScout24, said it decided to take a different approach to its start-up incubator YouIsNow, since the organizational structure of Scout24 had changed fundamentally.
The Chinese real estate platform Aiwu Jiwu has been placed on a public blacklist that was recently put out by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). It is the only ecommerce platform included on the blacklist, which comes as part of the Ministry’s crackdown on irregularities in the real estate sector in China.
A year-long legal battle between Realestate.com.au and Domain.com.au, Australia’s two leading real estate sites, which started over a series of advertisements, has come to an end with a qualified Federal Court ruling, namely that some of the advertisements were misleading, but others not. Result? Both parties claimed victory in the legal battle.
The Australian Financial Review (subscription required) reported BuyMyPlace now offers an agent-fee model similar to the one offered by competitor PurpleBricks, a U.K. real estate agency site also operating in Australia.
CoStar Group is taking Apartments.com Spanish. The company has launched Apartamentos.com, a Spanish version of its leading apartment rental site.
Munich-based, holiday homes and apartments rental search engine Holidu launched a Polish version of its service.
After unofficially operating in Indonesia for the last two years, real estate site 99.co recently launched officially in the country. To mark the official launch in Indonesia, 99.co unveiled two new products - a consumer site and a dedicated Android app for property agents, Darius Cheung, CEO of 99.co, told DailySocial.
Homes.co.jp, a leading real estate site in Japan with more than eight million listings, will roll out a real-time, homeloan-finder service in March, which will help home buyers select the best financing options from 1,000 types of mortgages offered by more than one hundred financial institutions.
Hesam Oqbaei, head of Tehran Association of Realtors, and driving force behind property start-up Alounak.com, said within a decade 70 percent of all housing deals will be initiated and concluded on the Internet in Iran.
Three of France’s top ten property apps were launched relatively recently. They are mobile-only, search-for-rental-property app ...