It is a known fact that real estate sector has been late to jump on the technology bandwagon. This sector has not seen much innovation other than online real estate listings. However, one person is trying to change that aspect with a platform that helps buyers book and buy property with much ease. Vikas Joshi has been in the real estate sector for long enough to understand challenges faced by home buyers and investors. In order to eradicate these hurdles, Vikas launched Searchahome.in, an online platform that bridges the gap between builders, owners, and buyers.
The idea behind Searchahome.in is to bring together buyers and builders on a platform that promotes 100% transparency. But the platform is much more than that. Learn what Searchahome.in is all about from the founder himself.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Searchahome.in is a real estate portal which brings together builders and buyers on the same platform where there is 100% clarity in deals. Here buyers can contact builders directly to get best deals with great offers and service without any middleman. Our aim is to provide best possible option to the buyers that’s why we focus on quality projects rather then quantity of projects. Many real estate portals prefer quantity over quality and makes buyers confuse in choosing that’s why we try to keep only quality projects in our portal to keep client more focus in what he or she is looking for.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
In real estate market there are lots of complaints by buyers that they feel cheated after booking in any particular project this is not because of builder`s fault but it is because of wrong commitment by broker who gave them wrong or expensive deal. At that time most probably buyer already make 20% or 30% payment to the builder and can`t cancel the deal so he feel he has taken the wrong step by investing in that project and unintentionally start saying negatives things about builder in his friend circle and relations and in this whole thing builder`s reputation suffers unnecessarily without his fault.
What is your life mantra?
Positive Mind > Positive Vibes > Positive Life
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
When we start our portal in Sep 2014 many people raise doubts about our capabilities that how wecan grow in online real estate market when there are already so many real estate portals and many peoples are not convinced about the BROKER FREE portals where buyers can talk directly with the builders but after 1 years we prove many people wrong.
How did you overcome those challenges?
Investing more time to make our portal more user friendly.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We are a self funded startup but now we are looking for some outside investment to invest aggressively in sales, branding and marketing of searchahome.in. Until now we have invested substantially in product development and improve the quality of our portal now we want to take next step in building brand and to use latest technologies for better user experience.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
Team motivation and making job environment better by giving equal growth opportunities and creating healthy competition in the company with satisfactory salary package.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
1. Self Believe
3. Ready to accept failure and move on
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Professionally almost all google products
Personally Espn Cricinfo, Flipkart, Wikipedia and Facebook
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I stay updated about what`s happening around weather its about internet,business, politics or sports.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
I wish i can work according to task list which i make every morning.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Always keep an eye on the goal which you want to achieve.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Keep trying until you succeed.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
In the next quarter we are launching mobile friendly version of our portal with new design and many new features. In next 3 years we want to grow as a reliable brand in online real estate market and to be like our tagline For Every Real Estate Related Needs Searchahome.in Hai Na….
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I will try to correct mistakes which i have made earlier in my career.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Listen, take the best and leave the rest” – Richard Branson