Properazzi.com – a new property search engine – today launched its free online service to homeseekers across Europe. While still in its infancy, Properazzi already lists over 1.8 million sale and rental properties in over 40 European countries, making it the largest and most ambitious property portal in Europe – possibly the entire world. What sets Properazzi apart from existing property sites is that it is a search engine, aggregating property listings automatically from thousands of websites. Backed by the same investment team that introduced online telephony giant Skype to the world, Properazzi is treading exciting new ground.
Said Yannick Laclau, Properazzi managing director: “We’ve put a lot of effort into creating this technology and it’s great to be launching Properazzi to the public. Not only are we a real search engine, but we’re also the first property site that has pan-European coverage. It’s a bit like being the Google™ for properties.”
In addition offering a map-based visual interface, one of Properazzi’s key attractions is that it allows users to view property information in any European language and currency. While Properazzi is intended for everyone – from students looking to rent their first university pad to seasoned homebuyers – the multiple-language feature will be particularly useful for people looking to move abroad and overseas buyers. Whether looking to view Spanish holiday homes in English, or browse investment properties in Romania in French, it can now all be achieved on a single website.
Said Yannick Laclau, Properazzi.com managing director: “We really want to give people access to information that´s previously involved a lot of work, such as comparing prices across countries in a straightforward way. If I was taking out a mortgage in England, I’d definitely want to know how much bang for my buck I could get if I invested in, say, Bulgarian property instead – even for the sake of just knowing. Features like this offer greater transparency and empower people to make more informed choices. That’s what the Web is all about.”
Properazzi’s ambitious approach to property search has already won praise in property circles, and earlier this month, Properazzi was announced as a finalist in Red Herring Magazine’s 100 Europe 2007 awards for innovation. Over the coming weeks, Properazzi will be introducing a raft of new features and tools, with a view to putting an unprecedented amount of information within the reach of ordinary web users across Europe.
• The Properazzi beta website went live in November 2006. The website was officially launched in March 2007. Properazzi currently lists over 1.8 million sale and rental properties in 45 countries.
• Yannick Laclau is the managing director of Properazzi. Yannick, 33, is an entrepreneur and former McKinsey management consultant. He has extensive knowledge of the Internet and mobile telecoms industries, and broad professional experience North & South America, and Europe. Yannick is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
• Properazzi is funded by Mangrove Capital Partners.
• Properazzi is based in Barcelona, Spain.