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Men dominate online property search in emerging markets

01 July 2015, 13:57 Rading Biko Gerro

Nairobi - It is Monday morning in Nairobi and the traffic jam along Mombasa road, one of the city’s main feeder roads, springs for kilometers as matatus, buses and cars try to make their way into the central business district.

But as you peep through the windows, each pedestrian is busy on their smartphones. Most of them are on the social sites trying to chat with friends, checking their mails and catch up with the latest news events about their country.

Kenya’s quest for becoming a regional technology hub is becoming a reality and according to the International Telecommunication Association (ITA) report of April 2015, the number of internet users in developing countries have gone up by almost 60 percent. In Kenya the users now stands at 26.1 percent.

According to the report, women are the primary users of online real estate portals in the west while men still dominate the property search process in the emerging markets, according to new data from Lamudi. However, in some key countries in Latin America and Asia, women are emerging as the dominant decision-makers when searching for property online.

Onsite data from Lamudi, the global property portal, reveals that men account for the majority of users searching for real estate to buy or rent in the emerging markets. In countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as many as three-quarters of online property-seekers are male. Male house-hunters also significantly outnumber women in the online property search process in Ghana (where 68 percent of users are men), Tanzania (68 percent), Saudi Arabia (63 percent) and Senegal (60 percent).

Research has shown that women are the primary users of online property portals in western countries. In the US, 53 percent of people who sign up to buy or sell real estate online are female, figures from Realtor.org show. Meanwhile, more than 40 percent of Australian women regularly use online real estate classifieds, compared to 28 percent of men, according to Nielsen/Net Ratings research.

Lamudi Kenya Managing Director, Dan Karua said: “In Kenya, 55 percent of Lamudi users are male. This is because, majority of the men have dominated the real estate sector in terms of investments in the last decade but now, we can see women being involved in decision making and also coming up with real estate agencies and developments.”

In parts of Latin America and Asia, women account for the majority of online property-seekers. The countries where female house-hunters are more likely to search online for real estate are: Colombia (64 percent female), Mexico (63 percent), Peru (66 percent) and the Philippines (64 percent). In Indonesia, male and female online property-seekers are split 50-50.

Lamudi’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Kian Moini, said: “While our findings support the notion that men are the primary decision-makers in households in many emerging markets, this is not necessarily the case across the board. In countries such as Mexico and the Philippines, it is women who drive the search for property online, though men may still make the final decision.”

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