PERTH’S own web-based real estate services company, aussiehome.com, won both
the most innovative IT business award and the coveted people’s choice award
at the recent annual Asia-Pacific ICT Awards.
Company founders and directors, Charlie Gunningham and Nick Streuli, were
delighted to receive such prestigious recognition of their creative and
successful dot.com business.
“We’re thrilled to have won both these awards – the business category was
packed with many innovative companies and this is great recognition for what
we do,” Mr Gunnigham said.
Mr Streuli noted in particular the significance of the people’s choice award.
“Winning the people’s choice award was especially pleasing as it shows we have
a lot of fans in Perth,” he said.
Both Mr Gunningham and Mr Streuli agreed that the success of aussiehome.com was
based upon the development of a strong business model and sound business practice.
Both men possess MBAs and it was this formal training that allowed the co-founders
to create a solid base upon which to build a sustainable Internet business.
“Nine out of 10 dot.com startups were get rich quick schemes which lacked the
support of a viable business model,” Mr Streuli said. “This explains why a great
many of them have failed, along with the whole dot.com crash of 2000.”
aussiehome.com has steered well clear of the web enterprise collapse due to the
meticulous planning and thought that went into the business before even a single
line of the site’s code was typed.
“For any business enterprise to be successful it must, from the outset, establish
who its paying customers will be and determine exactly what those customers want,”
Mr Gunningham said.
“In our case, the paying customers are the real estate agencies of Perth and what
they want is a service that enhances the operational effectiveness of their
businesses. It was this knowledge upon which our business model, and ultimately the
aussiehome.com web site, was built.”
Mr Streuli said there was some initial reluctance in the real estate industry to
the aussiehome.com concept.
“To a certain extent we had to overcome the unfounded fears of some real estate
agencies that aussiehome.com may threaten their livelihoods,” he said.
“However, once the local real estate industry realised that the Internet is nothing
more than an information distribution mechanism, it immediately saw the value of
aussiehome.com to its own profitability.”
This is clearly the case, as aussiehome.com presently has 85 real estate agency
offices as customers in WA, with more than 50 of them hosting their own web sites
through the aussiehome.com system.
The public web site displays 3000-plus properties for sale or rent in WA, and
features interactive mapping, dynamic suburb price trend charting and related
businesses. Real estate agencies can manage their listings online, track hits and
Courtesy of the WA Business News 24/10/02