iProperty.com.sg is considered as one of the leading real estate websites of Singapore. The company is also the official partner of the Singapore Institute of Estate agents (IEA), and MSN’s exclusive property partner, powering their real estate channel. So thought why not review the site that claims to “help tens of thousands of Singaporeans, expatriates and foreigners find their dream homes or investment properties.”
The website however does not allow users to post their sell/ buy ads. Instead one needs to register and post one’s requirements which are forwarded to agents who contact individual buyer/ seller in meeting their requirements. One needs to pay for advertising one’s property in the website.
Apart from the property listings, the website also has a resources section which provides comprehensive information on property news, Singapore districts, HDB estates, rules for expats for buying property in Singapore, procedures on buying a property in Singapore, choosing the right agent, and a forum to discuss issues related to property buying, etc. The website has a designated website for selling and buying commercial properties in Singapore called Commercial Asia Dotcom.
The company is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and currently has 18 property websites around the region including those for the markets of Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, India and Philippines.
Here are our views on the website:
HOMEPAGE: The homepage looks neat on the first sight with the map of the Singapore besides the search box. The browser has the option to choose the property types from the four tabs – Condos, HDB, Landed, Commercial (opens their website for commercial properties), and HUDC. Surprising though is that when I clicked on the map, the page remained the same. After several clicks I figured out that the map does not take you to the listing pages. Instead it selects the District option on the search field. Now I’m wondering do I need this when there is already a dropdown of the districts to select from.
As one scrolls down on the homepage, there are a couple of featured property videos and featured properties, while the large chunk of the website showcases property news and trends of the market.
PROPERTY LISTING PAGE: On the listing pages, I was expecting to find some direct listings from owners, but then I remembered that only agents can post property ads. If you want to sell your property, you need to go through one of the many agents listed on the website. All listings were posted by agents. However because properties are posted by agents don’t be surprised to see multiple postings of the same property.
REGISTRATION: One can register as buyer, seller, owner, investor, tenant, agent in the iProperty.com.sg website. Once you are registered you can post your property or requirement and get connected with property agents who will help you to either buy or sell your property, as the case may be. You need to fill in a form with all the details which is forward by iProperty.com.sg to property agents. Although the websites says the service is provided free, it does not clearly states whether the services of the agent are free or paid.
OUR FINAL WORD: Because the website has a very good presence of real estate agents, it is best for people who do not mind paying a commission to a property agent to take care of his needs. For individuals who want to buy directly from the seller or for a seller who wants to sell directly to the buyer without any agent involvement, iProperty.com.sg is absolutely not the website for them.
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