Virtual ease in buying Perth homes
By Andrea Tan
SINGAPOREANS planning to buy or rent a property in Perth
need no longer make frequent trips Down Under to view its
potential. aussiehome.com, a property portal specialising in
Perth properties, enables users to take a virtual 360 degree
walkthrough of the properties.
"Asians would find this site very useful -- those planning to buy a
property for their children or those who go down for golf and the
casinos," says Charlie Gunningham, co-founder and director of
The site was started last year by a group of Masters students
with some help from a couple of businessmen.
It has an interactive map which uses the Geographic Information
Systems (GIS), allowing amenities such as restaurants and
schools to pop up when the cursor moves over it.
From only seven agents last December, the site has now signed
up over 70 and represent some 1,500 properties in Perth.
"We've done the difficult bit and got it going so the rest won't cost
very much more," says Mr Gunningham. "I am convinced this
would work especially in cities where you can't move around so
well like in Kuala Lumpur or Hongkong."
Despite a slew of property portals which have sprouted recently
and with several backed by property heavyweights, he is not
daunted by the competition.
"Well, there are many sites in Australia that have roped in listed
firms but we have come out of nowhere and dominated."