Today is a very special day for the team at Homely.com.au - it marks one year since our launch. A lot has transpired over the past 12 months and it’s been an overwhelmingly exciting and energetic ride.
When we launched Homely, we knew there was a need and want in the marketplace for change, however, we never expected the uptake to be as rapid and positive as it has been. While our focus will always be 100% on providing the very best consumer experience, we soon realised the value we could provide to real estate agents looking for a “free-to-list” alternative to the established portals. Throughout the year we have been supported by some of the most famous names in real estate, trusted brands like LJ Hooker, Ray White, Belle Property, Raine & Horne, Harcourts, Elders, PRDnationwide, RT Edgar, hockingstuart and First National. Without them, we wouldn't be here today, so we thank them from the bottom of our Homely heart.
We also want to thank the independents that make up thousands of offices across the country. Within 12 months, over 5,000 offices have joined Homely and are showcasing their homes for all Australians to see. Some big, some small, some with twenty million dollar homes and some with humble apartments in remote areas.
What has never changed is our desire to provide a better solution for agents in their never ending battle to keep costs associated with real estate advertising down. In the past 12 months, every single enquiry we have delivered has been 100% free to both the agent and the vendor. We think that’s a fantastic start to changing the face of Australian real estate in the coming years.
Finishing off this year, we are in the most exciting position we have ever been in. We’ve built on our roots, with tens of thousands of ratings and reviews added to the already half a million we’ve worked so hard for. Now with the addition of real estate listings, we have become Australia’s fastest growing real estate portal that not only provides properties to find, but has in-depth and invaluable local information on where best to live throughout Australia.
The most exciting thing is that it has all just begun and we have many more innovative things to share with you all soon. We’re getting overwhelming support from agents and we believe that mum’s, dad’s, first home buyers, first time renters, flatmates and anyone else that visits Homely will find it a truly unique experience to browse your homes.
We've built Homely for agents, property lovers and everyday Australians looking to find their next home. We appreciate all of the ongoing support and feedback and truly can't wait to see and share what the next 12 months has in-store for Homely.
Merry Christmas, have a great break and bring on 2015!
The Homely Team.