Australian proptech startup NOKK shows unlisted homes to buyers

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Ben Voltz, the co-founder of marketing tech startup ROKT, will soon be launching a new proptech platform with the goal of connecting home-owners with home-buyers who are willing to entertain offers without having to be on the market.

Co-founded by Voltz and former commodities banker William Evans, NOKK facilitates a digital doorknock, or letterbox drop, that lets buyers target homes in a specified location, where the owners have indicated they would consider selling, but have not engaged a real estate agent.

It will shape as a rival to another local start-up, called Soho, which was founded by Airtasker co-founder Jonathan Lui as a "LinkedIn for property".

However, NOKK just focuses on facilitating connections between buyers and owners, rather than providing a portal for owners and investors to also manage the financial aspects of their investment.

NOKK also does not go after real estate agents or properties already on the market, instead focusing on off-market real estate.

Founded after moving troubles

Voltz, who stepped down from the day-to-day operations of ROKT a few years ago but remains a shareholder and director, told The Australian Financial Review the idea for NOKK was born after he moved to Melbourne three years ago.

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