GoHome.com.hk Wins Highly Prestigious “Best Property Portal” at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009

GoHome.com.hk Wins Highly Prestigious
“Best Property Portal” at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009

iProperty.com Group – Asia’s No. 1 Online Property Group Makes History Again by Winning the Title for Six of its Websites Across Five Countries

HONG KONG, 29 April 2009 – Hong Kong’s No. 1 property website, GoHome.com.hk (www.gohome.com.hk), has emerged victorious again this year at the coveted Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009 in association with CNBC Arabiya, garnering the award for Hong Kong’s “Best Property Portal”. Six other property portals under the iProperty.com Group, Asia’s leading network of property websites, also won the title in their respective markets, including Malaysia (www.iproperty.com.my), Singapore (www.iproperty.com.sg), India (www.india.iproperty.com), the Philippines (www.iproperty.com.ph) and regional luxury property portal iLuxuryasia.com (www.iLuxuryasia.com). This is a historical achievement as iProperty.com is the first company to have ever won the award across five markets for the same category at the Asia Pacific Property Awards.

The event is part of the International Property Awards, the world’s most prestigious competition for the property sector. It began in 1995 in London, and has since established itself as the premier annual programme that distinguishes Asia Pacific companies with the highest levels of achievement in a range of property-related fields in 21 categories. Winners are usually identified as companies and individuals who are raising the standards by providing excellent skills and services and continually reaching new heights in quality and innovation.

Later this year, top scoring winners from the Asia Pacific Property Awards will compete against other winning companies from Europe, the UK, the Americas and Arabia to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category. Last year, the Asia Pacific region scooped no less than five World’s Best awards – an amazing feat and one which the property industry will be watching with interest to see if it can be matched or even beaten in 2009.

Entries were judged by a panel of professionals whose collective knowledge of the property industry is second to none and unsurpassed by any other property awards. Chaired by Eric Pickles, Chairman of the Conservative Party, this year’s judges included Ben Wood, Industry Head Property Markets of Google UK; Peter Bolton King, Group Chief Executive of the National Federation of Property Professionals; Imtiaz Farookhi, Chief Executive of the National House Building Council; Christopher Hall, President Elect of FIABCI; Wilhelm Harnish, Master Builders of Australia (MBA); Thijis Stoffer, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Helen Shield, Editor-in-Chief of International Homes magazine and Gillian Farr, Head of Design of Laura Ashley Home.

Executive Chairman of the iProperty.com Group Patrick Grove said: “We are extremely thrilled, honoured and proud to have been awarded these recognitions by such a prestigious body. It is truly a great achievement for our Hong Kong website and the iProperty.com network as a whole, especially after having won Best Property Portal award for four portals across four countries last year. We have certainly outdone ourselves by taking home the same awards for six portals across five countries this year!”

“The fact that we have won the Best Property Portal award in almost every single market we operate in is clear testimony that the iProperty.com network can not only compete and triumph but also maintain the leading position within the highly competitive Asia Pacific online property arena. Our latest achievement definitely reinforces our position in Hong Kong and the region as Asia’s leading online property group, with GoHome.com.hk already leading the Hong Kong market with over 70,000 quality property listings,” said Grove, who attributes the group’s success to the hard work and dedication of the entire iProperty.com Team who continuously strive to improve its network of websites by creating innovative products and services.

The Awards will be presented at a gala dinner to be held at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore on 16 July 2009.

About GoHome network (www.gohome.com.hk
The GoHome network is Hong Kong’s No.1 real estate portal both in terms of number of listings and user traffic, as measured by ComScore. Over 578,000 unique users view the network’s property listings each month. The GoHome sites, which are Chinese language based but also available in English, reach over 45% of all unique Hong Kong internet users looking for property online each month, a result that is more than four and a half times better than our nearest competitor.

Since our establishment in 1999, GoHome’s purpose is to provide objective, up-to-date and useful information and services for home seekers and to provide a cost effective marketing channel for agencies and property owners to attract potential buyers and renters. In September 2001, GoHome merged with House18 to form the largest one-stop property and home related portal in Hong Kong. GoHome is now part of the iProperty.com Group.

About iProperty.com (www.iproperty.com)
The iProperty.com Group is Asia’s No. 1 online property group, with leading property websites in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and the Philippines. It is part of Australian Securities Exchange-listed IPGA Limited (www.ipgalimited.com), (ASX: IPP). In 2008, the iProperty.com Group made history by winning the highly prestigious CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards in the “Best Property Portal” category for 4 of its websites – Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

iProperty.com Network:
Hong Kong: GoHome.com.hk and House18.com
Singapore: iProperty.com Singapore
Malaysia: iProperty.com Malaysia
Taiwan: VRHOUSE.com.tw
India: iProperty.com India
Philippines: iProperty.com Philippines
Events: iProperty.com EXPO
Luxury: iLuxuryasia.com

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