Finding a home in the Philippines is very challenging. You have to scramble all over the Internet to find out everything that you want to know about a property. And even then, you aren’t sure if the information is reliable, shared Chow Paredes, Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, ZipMatch.
Explore is online property portal ZipMatch’s answer to this problem. The newly launched feature allows interested home buyers to get a detailed look at property developments across the Philippines from their personal computer or mobile phone.
“By collating everything a home buyer would possibly need to know about a property into a single location and vetting its accuracy through our scout team, we are providing the tools Filipinos need to make smart and confident choices,” said Paredes.
The platform currently has Explore Taguig and Explore Makati. It will roll out similar offering for other cities in the coming year. One of the most populous cities in the Philippines Quezon will have an Explore offer in the next few months.
ZipMatch decided to focus on Taguig and Makati first because of the noticeable consumer demand it has been receiving from those areas. Both Taguig and Makati are cited to be the fastest growing cities in terms of Philippine real estate. According to ZipMatch, the startup has noticed more people getting curious about the new urbanisation projects within the area, who then have expressed their readiness for occupancy.
How does Explore help?
- Property overview: Users are able to read about a property’s key details, such as what amenities it has, and the policies each building implements.
- Property reviews: Users are able to read reviews written by ZipMatch’s scout team, as well as those left by other reviewers. Users can also add their own reviews about the property.
- Unit listings: Users can see which units in the property are available for either sale or for rent.
- Developer overview: Users can read about the developer’s background and history in real estate.
- Location overview: Users can see points of interest (groceries, malls, hospitals) and how far they are in relation to the property.
- 360° virtual tour: Users can take a Google Maps-style tour of the major areas of a property such as its lobby and amenities.
Paredes said that Explore encourages users, especially former tenants or visitors, to provide information that is normally not available on real estate ads or brochures.
“We want to begin a conversation. As such, current residents, sales agents, brokers, potential buyers can create the most accurate picture of a property in the form of property reviews,” shared the Co-founder.
ZipMatch was founded in 2012 by Paredes and John Dang. It is backed by investment firms IMJ Fenox, 500 Startups, Ideaspace Foundation and Hatchd Digital.