Top 11 Real Estate portals in India in 2014

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We’ve listed out top 11 Real Estate portals in India in 2014. We tried to rank real estate portals based on their utility, outreach, size, user experience, and affordability.

Today, Internet is the prime tool for customers for researching about real estate properties before making their final purchase decision.

Therefore, to enable customers easily find properties and effectively make real estate property purchase decisions, there are n-number of real estate website portals on Internet.

To help you, find the best real estate websites in India, we’ve compiled a list of real estate website portals in India.

People who want to sell, rent or buy online can use this ultimate list or brokers, dealers, professionals, marketers, developers and real estate companies can also use it to build their business online.

Here it is.

 

1. 99Acres.com

Look and Feel

The website looks quite simple and basic, which enhances usability and accessibility for first time users, and makes the website faster. There are more than 33,000 projects listed on the website apart from individual residential, commercial and other properties.

Searching property on 99acres is smooth and easy, and you’re able to get the desired results instantly at a click.

Packages

Under the ‘buy our services’ section on 99acres, you can purchase three types of packages –

Basic listing @ INR 850/- for 1 property listing with validity of 3 months and features photo, media, map, and instant response.

Platinum listing @ INR 17,00/- for 1 property listing with 3 months validity and features of photo, media, map, instant response, video and preference in search listings.

Owner’s pack @ INR 6,000/- for 5 property listing with 1 year validity and features of photo, media, map, video, instant response, and preference in search listings.

Special Features

I personally liked ‘price trends’ section, though extensive data is not available and at time prices may seem flawed. But this feature is one of its kind that can be used by newcomers to get the idea about market price trends.

Apart from this, we’ve ‘property alerts’ that offers email alerts for your customized needs for suitable properties.

There’s a ‘home finance’ section as well, where you can fill up your personal details to get calls from select home insurance companies. You can calculate EMI as well here with EMI calculator.

Lastly, ‘Ask & Answer’ is a discussion section, where experts to sellers and buyers are actively participating in discussions or seeking answers.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

 

2. MagicBricks.com

Look and Feel

In terms of design magicbricks scores better than 99 acres here with flat design. It also boast of 30,000+ projects listing, and property and agent listings as well.

You can sell/rent property, post your requirement to buy property (to get calls from agents/sellers), search in localities and use property advice section to get advice.

The search experience is good enough and search quality has improved. Designs make it easier to navigate and increase visual appeal.

Packages

There are separate packages for individual property owners, broker, agents and consultants, builders, and loan providers.

For the first timer, it might be confusing but if you’ve patient to read and understand then you will definitely be able to choose the right package. Unlike 99acres where you just pay for the featured listing.

I’ll also mention that to locate ‘advertise with us’ section was difficult as there are so many things on landing page.

Special Features

On the navigational bar, you will find ‘Luxury Homes’, where you can find all types of luxury residential property across major cities in India.

In the left hand corner, there’s ‘magicbricks exclusive’ box that contains ‘décor’, ‘property pulse’ and ‘luxury properties’. In the décor section, you will find tips on home decoration vastu shastra ideas and others. Property pulse section is basically for agents, who want to keep themselves abreast with latest news in real estate industry.

In the footer section, you will find ‘Real Estate Forum’, ‘Property Rates and Trends’, ‘Live Help’ and others, where you can read more content related to real estate, or contribute to the community on forum and discussion sections.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

3. IndiaProperty.com

Look and Feel

Indiaproperty design and visual appeal is one up against MagicBricks. While, Indiaproperty boast of 7 lakh property listings, and search is also quite smooth and clutter free.

The only drawback, it’s bit slow even for 2mbps speed connection. Apart from this, Indiaproperty works just fine for sellers, buyers and agents.

Packages

I couldn’t find one!

Special Features

The ‘home loan’ section allows requesting for home loans and calculating EMIs for the loan. In the ‘price trends’ section you can check for the price trends in the market, and historical data with graphical presentations in shape of bars.

While ‘property bytes’ is just a blog with whole lot of usable information for everyone, especially agents and brokers in real estate industry of India. The discussion section is named ‘ask at indiaproperty.com’, where you won’t find much activities.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

4. Housing.com

Look and Feel

The housing.com is one the popular real estate website that garnered much hype during its nascent stage that helped it to grow further. I must say, the visual appeal of housing.com is unmatched.

But as you know with heavy graphics, websites tend to slow down, but in this case it was not that slow.

With their positioning ‘real photos, real locations’, it instantly appeals to both buyers and sellers in real estate industry. As real photos helps a lot buyers to understand the appeal and value of property and help them in their pre-purchase research phase.

Packages

Couldn’t locate any!

Special Features

The unique feature on housing.com is the ‘data sciences’ option. No other platforms boast of such extensive data.

But people in real estate are usually not that tech savvy and number crunching, therefore, it has limited use for them.

Nevertheless, with such data, it’s great for large investors to choose the best location to invest in, understand price trends, and define attractiveness and potential of the location.

Moreover, Housing.com is the first real estate portal to introduce map-supported property listing services in India. This innovation was disruptive, which soon many followed.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

5. Commonfloor.com

Look and Feel

I don’t know if it was my connection or the commonfloor website was slow to open. The first impression – it just looks like a real estate portal should look like. Everything provided on the homepage, I must say it’s tricolor color scheme gives you more familiar look.

Recently commonfloor has been aggressively advertising on TV in order to beat the competition. The commonfloor website is quite a visual appeal, which is easy to browse, and users can easily reach where they want.

There’s a focus over property listing, therefore you’ve ‘list your property’ button in orange color (represents action) to entice property owners and brokers to list property.

Packages

There are no packages available, however you can advertise on commonfloor by going to ‘contact us’ section.

Special Features

Commonfloor.com has tried its best to innovate; therefore, there is abundance of unique features. Few of them are ‘Advice’, ‘Site Visit’, ‘NRIs’, ‘Agents’, ‘Collection’, ‘Groups’ and ‘Home Needs’.

In ‘Advice’ section, you’ve real estate forum, real estate guide and realty news, which most probably brokers and dealers may want to use largely. However, there’s lot of content and juice for sellers and investors as well in forum and guide sections.

In ‘Site Visit’ section, you will find city specific projects with detailed data with real photos in it.

There’s ‘NRIs’ section, which is targeted towards NRIs who’re planning to invest or already investing in India. It’s highly usable for NRI, where they can find guides, how-tos and others for investing, buying or selling in India.

The most interesting sections are ‘Groups’ and ‘Home Needs’. In ‘Groups’ section, you will find groups of residents living across India, and you can also create or join one of them here. These groups aim to bring you the unbiased information for purchase decisions and feedback right from the customers.

Meanwhile, ‘Home Needs’ is a section to find services such as Home Décor, Home Loans, Home Appliances, Community Needs, Health, Education and Lifestyle.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

6. Makaan.com

Look and Feel

The makaan.com website looks solid and sturdy, and it was fast to open, and easy to browse through. With just few clicks, you can easily search for the desired properties listed in both residential and commercial categories.

Just above footnotes, you will find list of cities with search bar, which enables you to reach to top property destinations in top cities of India with few clicks.

Also on the homepage, you will find graph showcasing pricing trends that’s also interesting to watch, and gives you quick idea about the pricing trends.

Overall, site looks fast, smooth and sturdy, it is for people who easily want to browse through and list their properties or search for one.

Packages

Makaan.com offers two types of listing – Basic Listing and Fast Listing.

Under basic listing at INR 799, 1 listing is free on Signup for owners, 60 days duration, mediocre response. While under fast listing at INR 1299 you get better response rate, 8 pictures upload, 90 days duration and premium property indicator.

Special Features

Frankly speaking, there is not much to explore apart from ‘Property News’, ‘Property Price Trends’, ‘Forums’ and ‘Makaan IQ’. However, for people who want to just sell and people who just want to buy, will find it attractive, engaging and distraction free.

The ‘Makaan IQ’ is a blog full of resources and tools such as Makaan Property Index, Makaan Buy Vs. Rent Index, Property Price Trends, EMI/Affordability Calculator, Discussions Forums and Post Property Requirement.

You will also get to read informative articles on Home Buying, Home Selling, Home Improvement, Home Loan, Legal and others.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

7. IndiaHomes.com

Look and Feel

If you’re looking for much brighter and better visual delight then Indiahomes.com is the real estate portal to visit.

On the homepage itself, you’ve four bright orange buttons – Buy, Sell, Rent and Loan, and with just a click you can easily search for the desired product on the website.

IndiaHomes claims to served 10 million customers across 50 cities, with 600 property specialists and 10,000 crore of property sold. For the overall look and feel, website is easy to use, light yet graphical and animated.

Packages

I couldn’t find any!

Special Features

IndiaHomes is focused on improving their services by providing free expert advice, free site and documentation assistance for new projects from developers, while for resale and rental properties, they’re offering listing services, allowing to connect with local experts, and better deals.

Apart from the listing services, IndiaHomes has nothing better to offer. However, if you love to read, you can use resources on website – FAQs, Blog and Pressroom.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

8. Property.Sulekha.com

Look and Feel

Sulekha.com is India’s one of the most popular local listing website that competes with Just Dial. Apart from this, Sulekha’s property website portal is also a house full of activities with listing services.

White background of the website, gives simple look but the homepage is filled with bars, graphics, and advertisements that creates tighter appearance. On main page itself, you will find lot of reading and researching material in recent article section and real estate discussions.

In nutshell, website is good if not best, and easier to use but lesser advertisements could’ve enhanced the visual appeal.

Packages

Couldn’t locate any!

Special Features

Sulekha property has just introduced ‘Property Beat’, which is in beta phase, where anyone can write blog on real estate. In addition, there are ‘Home Talk’, ‘Creative’ and ‘Contests’ to discover more offbeat and engaging content.

Other than these, there is nothing more interesting to talk about it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

9. RealEstateIndia.com

Look and Feel

The website look is simple, not unique and familiar. The property search bar is on the top to start your browsing through projects and other listings. You can easily search through top cities in India, as there is a bar just below navigational bar for city wise tabs.

The ‘Request A Call’ button on left hand side of the screen and two chat widgets on right hand side are total distractions and hampers in user experience.

Overall, website is average with lot of space for improvements.

Packages

RealEstateIndia website has separate packages for dealers/brokers/agents, individual owner, builder/promoters, other real estate services and V-TRUST services.

Special Features

In ‘Real Estate Services’ section, the website is offering range of services such as Architecture, Builder/Developers, Contractors, Building Material Supplies, Interior Decorators, Property Finance, Property Legal Advisor, Property Valuer, Real Estate Agents and Vaastu Consultants.

Then there is ‘Home Loans’ section to help you find property loans in India. Apart from these, there’s nothing on the website worth mentioning here.

Rating: 2 out of 5

 

10. iProperty.com

Look and Feel

iProperty.com website’s look and feel is quite different, I won’t say it is weird, but still somehow it works. On the top end, you will find property search widget, to search through projects, land/plots, and agents, or just add property.

Just below it, you will find Windows 8 like tabs to go deeper in the website. Then there is property builders’ premium list, and at the end, you will find all usual.

The iProperty claims to have helped 1.6 lakh user in 2014 to find the right property, and also claims to have properties from 2,183 locations in price bracket of 5lakhs to 300crores rupees.

Packages

There are basic and premium-listing services, to avail that service you will need to create an account first on the website.

Special Features

Under the Question & Answer section, you can ask questions and share answers or just browse through. In the advice section, there are many things to look at, though I was not able to open, I hope it may be working. The tools section has EMI, amortization and evaluation tools.

There is NRI Space section dedicated to NRIs, and then there is Weekend Home, where you can browse through villas at idyllic places.

Rating: 2 out of 5

 

11. Remax.in

Look and Feel

On the top of the website, RE/MAX claims to be World’s number one real estate franchise. However, RE/MAX is a real estate portal offering listing services, but primarily they’re targeting to sell across their franchise as well. Therefore, in the nav-bar, we have Join RE/MAX tab to join as master franchise, normal franchise or RE/MAX agent.

The search is quite basic, and also site looks like somewhat low quality with improper structure and ineffective user experience.

Packages

I couldn’t locate search listing packages, though you can join RE/MAX franchise program for three types of franchise options.

Special Features

Well as I said the site is basic therefore I couldn’t find anything interesting apart from events, newsroom and youtube gallery (they’ve only 4 videos to watch).

Rating: 1 out of 5

 

That’s it, I know I may’ve missed lot of real estate portals in India. Just feel free to comment those below in the comment section.

 

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