Opportunities in PropTech – Is this a robust area?
PropTech (Property Technology) refers to a small part of digital transformation in Real Estate industry, using technology innovations to tackle challenges in the Property sector (Dearsley, 2017). PropTech comprises of companies/startups offering IT solutions or innovative business model to make Real Estate transactions more fruitful and efficient (Lecamus, 2017).
For the new business model, PropTech organizations target the traditional inefficiency and obsolete procedures of the Real Estate area. For innovative products, PropTech organizations develop innovative hardware, software, as well as other core technologies in building fittings, fixtures, materials, and systems. (Maarbani, 2017)
PropTech products fall into 4 main categories:
- Urban Planning: Companies in this vertical focus on various aspects of urban, rural and community planning, including improving processes related to the land release, planning approvals, protection, and use of the environment, and the enhanced design of the urban environment.
- Satellite technology
- Mapping platforms
- Beacon technology
- Design & Construction: Including tools and processes used for the design, development, and construction of residential, commercial and industrial Real Estate projects.
- Project and cost management tools
- Enhanced architecture and design software
- Smart building platforms and artificial intelligence
- Search, Sales & Acquisition: Including tools, processes and business models for searching, marketing and acquiring new and existing residential, commercial and industrial Real Estate.
- CRM and lead management solutions
- Online brokerage, sales, and auctions
- Buyer search and discovery tools including listing portals
- Leasing & Management: Including tools, processes and business models used for the leasing and management of residential, commercial or industrial Real Estate, from single properties through to solutions designed for complex property portfolios.
- Lease and revenue management software
- Transaction management software
Above all, Data & Analytics companies identify, collate and analyze relevant big data to enhance operational efficiency, inform decision making and improve the experience of participants (Maarbani, 2017).
According to a survey of KPMG in 2017, the most influential PropTech innovations over the next 5 years are Big Data Analytics, IoT and AI. However, those technologies are immature and will have more substantial impacts over longer 5, 10 or 15-year period. Though now this is an early stage, companies should consider a gradual transformation plan to avoid being left behind with obsolete systems. This is a great opportunity for PropTech startups and innovative ideas to be invested and implemented before the saturation.
Over the last 5 years, TwentyCi Asia has successfully developed PropTech products for a number of clients with high-standard delivery quality and high customer satisfaction.
CoVESTA is a fractional property investment platform that provides the opportunity to invest in any available property, anywhere in Australia. Their mission is to help ordinary Australians to get into property investment and build their future wealth.
TwentyEA comprises of experts in the UK home mover market with a team made up of property industry veterans, data scientists and start up technologists. They are well known for quarterly Property & Home mover Report which produces a comprehensive review of the UK property market.
View My Chain sheds new light on the complex home-buying process, allowing users to track every step from Sold Subject to Contract (SSTC) to exchange. Clear, honest, up-to-the-minute information on what’s happening in the chain empowers proactive agents to complete faster than ever before.
Romans is in top 5 largest property groups in the UK. With a full range of property services, Romans helps everyone interested in buying or selling, renting or letting, town planning or mortgage advice.
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Dearsley, J., 2017. WHAT IS PROPTECH?. [Online]
Available at: http://www.jamesdearsley.co.uk/what-is-proptech/
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KPMG, 2017. Proptech – Bridging the gap, UK: KPMG LLP.
Lecamus, V., 2017. PropTech: What is it and how to address the new wave of real estate startups?. [Online]
Available at: https://medium.com/@vincentlecamus/proptech-what-is-it-and-how-to-address-the-new-wave-of-real-estate-startups-ae9bb52fb128
[Accessed 24 10 2018].
Maarbani, S., 2017. Real Estate Technology – Threat or Opportunity?, s.l.: KPMG.