With mounting well-financed competition, and against a rag-tag
budget, Synergy's only hope of keeping
was through innovation. Innovate we did, and it has paid off
BIG-TIME! Currently PropertyKenya has a link popularity way above
that of ALL other Kenyan real-estate websites combined! With an
excess of 300,000 hits and 8,000 visitors a month, and serving over
1.5 GB of cream real estate
data, (Jan-Feb 2005 statistics), PropertyKenya is the true
one-stop-shop for online real-estate in Kenya.
Some of our innovations include
With the ECC
technology, PropertyKenya is able to take varied pricing in multiple
currencies from our Partner Realtors and
present these to end-users in a uniform currency of their choice.
When we approached
CBK with this
proposal, seeking FOREX
data support, CBK,
through their head of IT
Services, Dr. Onyiwo, acknowledged that this was a first request of
Meanwhile, we stuffed subsets of our
infrastructure into version 2 of the Ultima
Property Information Database. However,
CBK was seemingly
taking longer than expected, to simply transform their
FOREX data from current
formats to XML as required by our proposal. Time was not on our side.
Pressure was mounting from our Partner Realtors, who include industry
heavyweights such as Knight Frank, Villa Care, Tysons, CitiVillas
Valuers, Neptune Shelters among others, to deliver the much awaited
second version of the Ultima
Version 1 of the Ultima
PID was our
perception of the industry, version 2 represented views of the
industry players who form the backbone of PropertyKenya. Since
undoing the ECC
infrastructure from version 2 was not a feasible solution, we had to
find an alternative to CBK,
if we were to deliver version 2 on time. And we had to
find that alternative fast! At whatever cost!
That alternative was found in Olssen and Associates Corporation
of Switzerland. Coupled with typically 20-hour working days, the
ECC idea moved
from being a dream into a usable reality
We have introduced a new multi-currency service
This new service is aimed at automating FOREX
calculations for you, ensuring your search is conducted in a currency of your
choice and your selected properties are consistently listed in the same currency
irrespective of the currency quoted by the listing agent.
All conversions are done automatically with the day's prevailing market rates.
This new service is still in an experimental state pending a robust implementation
of an online FOREX
by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK
How to access the service:
To access this service, go to any of our search pages,
Residential to let
Residential for sale
Commercial to let
Commercial for sale
Land for sale
select your preferred currency. The default currency is Kenyan Shillings (Note:
any figures entered in the price fields should be in the selected currency)
In the event you have been directed to a page with currency information
(e.g. from a search engine), Simply click on the Select Preferred Currency.
If you are a registered member, and you have logged in, you will be given an
opportunity to save the selected currency in your profile. Once saved in you profile,
all property notifications will be sent to you using the given currency.
How to use the service?
"There are no special considerations, or requirements in order to use this service".
"It's as simple as point 'n click. No more switching pages just to find out what a
figure given in dollars amounts to in your local currency! Whatever your business
is on PropertyKenya, our engineers at Synergy are ready to go an extra mile if
just to keep you focused!"