Malaysian proptech startup Bumbung connects users who've keyed in their requirements to five relevant properties or agents.
Co-founders Gadiy Lim and Claire Berneron were looking to create a long-term solution for both home seekers and real estate agents.
Bumbung, which means 'roof' in Malay, is the result of their personal experiences and observations of the process of searching and viewing a property.
Their plan was to create an innovative, cost and time efficient model that would solve some of the existing problems and benefit both home seekers and real estate agents.
For real estate agents, Bumbung offers an easy-to-use mobile application that allows them to manage their leads and listings. They only need to list their properties once to receive notifications through the Bumbung app if a user makes a request that fits one of their listings.
The duo say each listing will be vetted through before it gets sent to users.
"Bumbung also offers high quality photo services for agents as an added service," says Lim."Partner agencies and agents who have exclusive listing may currently request for a free photo shoot via firstname.lastname@example.org."
Lim says the platform moves away from traditional property on which "agents purely gamble on advertising on the front page and wait for miraculous phone calls".
"Why do users risk going with the wrong agents who waste their time showing the wrong houses?
"Our proposition is to create a bridge between home seekers looking for their dream homes by matching them to the best agents in the area who have the closest fit of the property,
"In that pursuit of bridging that gap, our goal is to ensure each viewing process is convenient, transparent and time saving."
Lim adds one of the startup's key differentiators is that real estate agents will only be charged based on the number of confirmed viewings, which he says ensures a fair and equal chance for every property listed.
"Other key things that makes Bumbung stand out include a rating system for real estate agents, ensuring only the best real estate property agents are on the platform and professional photography services for those looking to make their listings more presentable.
"Safety, trust and privacy was also a priority when it comes to vetting both users and real-estate agent, and a lot of attention was afforded in ensuring real-estate agents are licensed and verified on Bumbung," he says.
Of Bumbung's long-term goal, Lim says he hopes the business will become more than just a platform for its users.
"As Malaysia's real estate-based tech company, we see it as our duty that our users enjoy the process when looking for their dream homes.
"We are passionate about what we do, and we see property more than just dollars and cents, we want to ensure everyone gets a dream home, or rather a dream Bumbung over their heads!"
In the months leading up to its official launch, the startup claims it has gained traction and support from numerous real estate companies including Chester, MetroHomes, Homegates Realty Sdn Bhd, MegaHarta, ReMax Malaysia and some of the local Reapfield offices.