HOUSE-HUNTING GOES MOBILE IN SRI LANKA
Leading property site Lamudi launches world-first Android app in 28 countries
JUNE 19, 2014: Global real estate portal Lamudi has today launched an Android app to help house hunters in Sri Lanka find property on the go.
The app, Lamudi: Real Estate for Sale and Rent, hosts more than 400,000 property listings from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The app covers 28 countries from Lamudi’s global network - including Sri Lanka - giving international house-hunters a free mobile platform to buy, rent or sell real estate on an Android device.
The launch of Lamudi’s Android app follows the successful roll out of the company’s iOS app in four countries last week. The iOS app is currently available in Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia and Morocco, with more countries from the Lamudi network to be added soon.
The Lamudi apps are designed to meet the growing demand for mobile internet services in the emerging markets. The recent State of the Internet report highlighted the pace of growth for mobile in these regions. 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 Sri Lanka, Android is by far the most popular platform, with Google’s operating system capturing more than 46 percent of the local mobile market. The second most popular, Nokia’s Series 40, has 20 percent market share.
Lamudi’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Antonius Salis, said: “Android is the future of the smartphone market not just in Sri Lanka, 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.
The Lamudi app is a world first because of the sheer number of countries it covers in the emerging markets. So whether you are looking to rent an apartment in Colombo, invest in a condominium in Manila or buy a villa in Jeddah, the Lamudi Android app helps you find your perfect property match.”
Wilhelm Hammes, Managing Director of Lamudi Sri Lanka, said: “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.”
Both the Android and iOS apps have customised search functions, allowing users to easily filter results by country. A 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 favourites to bookmark properties, which can be accessed at any time and on any device.
All listings feature high-quality photo galleries, detailed property information, maps, and multiple contact details for property owners or agents. House-hunters can also share their favourite properties with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.
Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 28 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with 400,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.