GPlus Media launches property site for locals only

11 Oct 2017

GPlus Media, owned by Japan’s media conglomerate Fuji Sankei Group, launched a global property site called RealEstateWorld.jp to provide information, trends and technology updates on foreign property markets to Japanese citizens. The site is presented in the Japanese language only.

GPlus Media already runs multilingual general classifieds site Gaijinpot.com, job site CareerEngine.org  and property site RealEstate.co.jp.

GPlus Media primarily targets foreigners (the “g” in GPlus Media stands for gaikokujin (foreigners)).

The new site has a sleek design. RealEstate.co.jp is a multilingual platform in four languages visible at the bottom of the landing page. Users may continue to use this site, according to a news release.

GPlus Media’s property classified enables foreigners to rent, buy and sell property in Japan. The site is eager to ramp up the number of listings for sale and to rent (currently at about 20,000 units) and does it with, among others, partnerships. Since March, RealEstate has partnered with real estate company Samty, a technology-enabled property site Misawa, market intelligence firm SynoJapan, and local rental and leasing business Nissho.

Meanwhile, the joint venture of the country’s internet titans Rakuten and Lifull is also aggressively doing spadework on its soon-to-be-launched rented-accommodation site for foreign tourists. So, the competition in the online holiday accommodation market of Japan is poised to heat up.

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Tariq Ahmed Saeedi

Tariq Ahmed Saeedi writes stories on sharing economies in Asia – particularly Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran. He joined the AIM Group in January 2016. Tariq is also a spotter, monitoring global marketplace industry’s updates. He carries more than 15 years of writing experience. Tariq frequently contributes economic/tech news and analysis to a daily The News International and a magazine. He has also written features and interview articles for various other publications and some of his write-ups have been cited for references in reports by the World Bank and archived in Florida Institute of Technology’s library. Tariq has also narrated corporate website content for Audi importer in Pakistan and others. He started his career from a television’s current affairs department in 2003 and later joined the country’s premier news agency Pakistan Press International.