Real estate portal releases app to help house hunters

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


GLOBAL real estate portal Lamudi yesterday launched an Android app to help house hunters in the Philippines find property on the go.

The app, Lamudi: Real Estate for Sale and Rent, hosts more than 400,000 property listings from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The app covers 28 countries from Lamudi’s global network - including the Philippines - giving international house-hunters a free mobile platform to buy, rent or sell real estate on an Android device.

iOS version

The launch of Lamudi’s Android app follows the successful roll out of the company’s iOS app in four countries last week. The iOS app is currently available in Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia and Morocco, with more countries from the Lamudi network to be added soon.

The Lamudi apps are designed to meet the growing demand for mobile internet services in the emerging markets. The recent State of the Internet report highlighted the pace of growth for mobile in these regions. In Asia, mobile now accounts for more than a third of all internet usage.

Android remains the dominant mobile platform worldwide, according to recent figures from Statcounter. In the Philippines, Android is the most popular platform, with Google’s operating system capturing more than 60 percent of the local mobile market.

The second most common operating system, Apple’s iOS, has just 22 percent market share.

Lamudi co-founder and managing director Antonius Salis said, “Android is the future of the smartphone market not just in the Philippines, but worldwide. For this reason, we have focused on rolling out the Android app to Lamudi’s 28 countries to reach the maximum number of users with our unique property platform.”

The Lamudi app is a world first because of the sheer number of countries it covers in the emerging markets. “So whether you are looking to invest in property in Manila, buy a high-rise apartment in Jakarta or rent a villa in Jeddah, the Lamudi Android app helps you find your perfect property match,” the company said in a press statement.

Process

Lamudi Philippines managing director Jacqueline van den Ende said, “It is no secret that house-hunting can be a stressful process. This app helps take the pressure out of searching for property, allowing you to look up homes for sale or rent at anytime and on any device.”

Both the Android and iOS apps have customized search functions, allowing users to easily filter results by country. A key feature of the app is the match alert function, which notifies users as soon as a property that suits their needs hits the market. Users can also create a list of favorites to bookmark properties, which can be accessed at any time and on any device.

All listings feature high-quality photo galleries, detailed property information, maps, and multiple contact details for property owners or agents. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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