New real estate portal Android application called “Lamudi: Real Estate for Sale and Rent” was official launched earlier this month in a press gathering at Croque Bakery in Makati.
Covering 28 countries including the Philippines from Lamudi’s global network, the mobile application intends help house and property hunters in the Philippines even while “on the go“. The app hosts more than 400,000 property listings from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
This development is a logiclal move on the side of Lamudi since mobile usage is an emerging market in the Philippines accounting for more than 30% of the population accessing the Internet from their mobile phones as per January 2014 data from WeAreSocial. 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 by far 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.
“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,” says Antonius Salis, Lamudi’s Co-Founder and Managing Director.
A corresponding iOS app was also launched this month in Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia and Morocco. More countries from the Lamudi network to be added soon with Lamudi Philippines in the pipeline.
How to Use the Lamudi App
Netizens can easily download the Lamudi Android App from Google Playstore. Its usage focuses on its core customized search function which allow users to easily filter results by country.
Another 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 photo galleries, detailed property information, maps, and multiple contact details for property owners or agents.
House-hunters can also share their favorite properties with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.
*Side note:Insta Case PH was also at the launch in Croque and printed awesome-looking Lamudi-themed smartphone cases for the media.
Lamudi Expands to Visayas & Mindanao
Lamudi is expanding its operations to Visayas and Mindanao due to the growing real estate market in the country.
Jacqueline van den Ende, founder and managing director of Lamudi in the Philippines, said that the increasing interest in the real estate sector is also demonstrated by the fact that many of the big Manila-based developers and brokers are moving there as well.
In March, Lamudi picked Cebu city as the top livable city in their Asian portfolio, describing it as an “economic powerhouse.” It houses a number of malls, universities, tourist attractions, and affordable real estate properties.
Meanwhile, Davao prides itself as the “Melting Pot of the Philippines” due to its fast growing population, tourism and business opportunities, as well as for its religious, cultural and language diversity.
Lamudi.com.ph, which started operations in January of this year, has now over 40, 000 online residential, commercial and other real estate property listings from developers and PRC-licensed brokers. The company has active offices in Manila, Cebu and Davao.
“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,” she adds