GoHome.com.hk Wins Highly Prestigious “Best Property Portal” at CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards 2008
The iProperty.com Group, Asia’s No. 1 Online Property Group and owner of GoHome.com.hk, Makes Clean Sweep by Winning the Title in Four Markets:Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Philippines
HONG KONG, May 21, 2008 – Hong Kong’s No. 1 property and real estate website, GoHome.com.hk (www.gohome.com.hk) has emerged victorious at the coveted CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards 2008, garnering the award for Hong Kong’s “Best Property Portal”. Other property portals within the extensive iProperty.com network, including Singapore (www.iproperty.com.sg), Malaysia (www.iproperty.com.my), and the Philippines (www.iproperty.com.ph), also clinched the same award in their respective markets. This is a historical achievement as iProperty.com is the first company to have ever won an award in four markets for the same category at the International Property Awards.
The CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards is part of the International Property Awards, which 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.
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, British Shadow Secretary of State, this year’s judges included Helen Shield, editor-in-chief of International Homes magazine; Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents; Phil Spencer, property expert and presenter of Channel 4’s Location and Relocation TV shows; Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council; Christopher Hall, past president National Association of Estate Agents; Wilhelm Harnish, Master Builders of Australia (MBA); Thijis Staff, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Santiago Herreros de Tejada, SIMA; Kirkor Ajderhanyan, French Real Estate Federation (FNAIM); Graham Norwood of the Daily Mail; David Hoppit, property writer; Paul Wyatt, head of design for LYCOS UK; Geoff Cohen, design director at Aukett Fitzroy Robinson architects; Jill Keene, editor of International Homes magazine; Diana Yakely, chairman British Interior Design Association; and Tad Zurlinden, Association of Relocation Professionals.
Said Patrick Grove, Executive Chairman of the iProperty.com Group, “iProperty.com has made history as this is the first time a single company has won this highly prestigious award in four countries, for the same category. This is truly a great achievement for GoHome.com.hk and the iProperty.com network as a whole. In Hong Kong, we are already the clear market leader in the online property space, with over 70,000 quality property listings by Hong Kong’s top real estate agencies. The fact that we have won the “Best Property Portal” award in every single market we operate in is clear testimony that the iProperty.com network can not only compete but also triumph within the highly competitive Asia Pacific online property arena. This prestigious win definitely reinforces our position in Hong Kong and the region as Asia’s leading online property group.”
For the first time this year, the CNBC Asia Property Awards will be presented at a glittering gala dinner to be held at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore on 20 July, 2008.
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 the iProperty.com Group (www.iproperty.com)
The iProperty.com Group is Asia’s leading network of property portals, with over 750,000 unique users every month. The Group operates consumer and business online property portals in the markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Philippines.
iProperty.com has an average of over 100,000 property listings available on its network daily, and is used by more than 4,000 real estate agents and 100 developers. With further expansion planned, iProperty.com is continuously working to capitalise on its market-leading positions and the rapidly growing online property advertising market throughout the region. iProperty.com is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian Stock Exchange-listed IPGA Limited (www.ipgalimited.com), (ASX: IPP).
Singapore: iProperty.com Singapore
Malaysia: iProperty.com Malaysia and iLuxury.com.my
Hong Kong: GoHome.com.hk and House18.com
Philippines: iProperty.com Philippines
Events: iProperty.com EXPO
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