A REAL estate information project piloted in Wellington last year is poised for a multi-million dollar expansion in New Zealand and Europe.
The ATM-like kiosks, dubbed Property Shops, allow customers to view properties, talk to real estate agents by phone, arrange finance and print property information. Companies accessible through the kiosks include estate firm Leaders, WestpacTrust, New Zealand Home Loans, AMP, and legal firms. Thirty-four units were installed in Wellington last November by developers Erec Software and Technology attracting up to 6000 users a week. Managing director Rob Acton says the company has worked through teething problems and could roll out another 146 kiosks in New Zealand this year. The rollout begins this month, starting in Christchurch, then moving to Auckland. ESAT has pre-approved sites in Parnell, North Shore, Greenlane, Manukau, and most South Auckland districts. In addition to the New Zealand growth, ESAT is awaiting council permits for a similar $750,000 kiosk project in Monaco for French real estate firm Gramalgia. The kiosk network, operating through Leaders real estate firm, presently lists up to 42 per cent of property sites in Wellington. The Property Shop Web site can be seen at www.propertyshop.co.nz
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