REA Group Limited
Company typePublic
IndustryShare Exchange
Founded1995
Headquarters511 Church Street, ,
Australia
Key people
Owen Wilson (CEO)
Tracey Fellows (former CEO)
ProductsReal estate advertising
RevenueIncrease A$928 million (2021) [1]
Websitewww.rea-group.com

REA Group Ltd and its subsidiary companies, known as the REA Group, make up a global online real estate advertising company. REA Group is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with subsidiary offices in Wanchai, Hong Kong and Gurugram, India.[2]

REA Group, founded in 1995, is a public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: REA) and majority-owned by News Corp Australia, a subsidiary of News Corp.

History

The Group grew from realestate.com.au, Australia's largest property website with 4.4 million unique browsers each month.[3] However, the strategy has been to aggressively expand the group internationally through acquisition.[4]

In 2007, REA Group acquired 59% of casa.it in Italy, which was increased to 70% the year after, before acquiring 100% in 2011. That same year in February 2007, REA Group acquired atHome,[5] a group of real estate websites in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Belgium.[6]

UK Property Shop Ltd was acquired by REA Group in July 2008.

In August 2009, Zoopla acquired the PropertyFinder Group,[7] with combined annual revenues of £7 million, from prior owners the REA Group and News International for an undisclosed sum.[8]

In 2010, the company created an iOS mobile application for realestate.com.au.[9]

REA bought 20% of US company Move, inc. in 2014,[10] which runs the US real estate listings website Realtor.com. This was the company's first move into North America.

In July 2015, realestate.com.au announced a new agreement with Inspect Real Estate (IRE) making booking rental inspections easier for property managers and Australians looking to rent a home by implementing IRE's RegisterOnline property inspection booking button.[11]

In 2016, the company acquired flatmates.com.au,[12] as well as launching realestate.com.au, a virtual property app on Google Daydream.[13]

In January 2017, REA Group acquired 14.7% of digital real estate marketing platform, Elara Technologies (Elara).[14]

In June 2018, the company acquired 100% of Hometrack Australia,[15] a provider of property data services to the financial sector.

In 2020, the company earned A$820.3 million in FY20 revenue.[16] The company had over 2,600 employees and over 20 brands owned and invested in across 8 countries.[17]

In June 2021, REA Group acquired a 34% interest in Simpology Pty Limited (“Simpology”).[18] The company offers lodgment and digital mortgage application solutions[buzzword] for broking and lending industries.[19]

REA South Asia

REA Group Asia [formerly iProperty Group Limited]
Company typePrivate
IndustryDigital
Founded2007
Area served
Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India)
Key people
Henry Ruiz (CEO - REA Group Asia); Owen Wilson (CEO - REA Group)

The company announced on 11 September, 2007, that it had made its first acquisition in Asia, with the purchase of Hong Kong's largest English-language property magazine, SquareFoot.[20]

In 2011, REA partnered with Thoughtworks, thereby expanding into Greater China.[21] Daniel Aragao, former lead architect at REA Group said of the collaboration in 2020, "The ThoughtWorks Technology Radar allows us to compare our expectations with someone who's a thought leader in the industry and has an unbiased opinion. So it helps us to guide our decisions and what we're going to be adopting next."[22]

In 2013, the company launched myfun.com, continuing their Asia focus.[23]

In 2016, REA Group Asia then purchased iProperty Group and Brickz.my, both based in Malaysia.[24] The company also purchased thinkofliving and Prakard.com in Thailand.[25] REA Group has three offices in Asia: in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.[26]

In 2018, the company invested in India's Elara Technologies, the parent company of Housing.com, Makaan.com and PropTiger, before acquiring a controlling stake in Elara in 2020.[27]

In May 2021, REA Group merged their Southeast Asian assets with PropertyGuru, after years of battling with rivals for market dominance. The property sites concerned are situated in Malaysia and Thailand and will be transferred in exchange for an 18% stake in the company and a seat on the board.[28][29]

Community action

In 2014, REA Group launched a partnership with Launch Housing, an organization tackling homelessness based in Melbourne.[30] The partnership funds support for women and children at risk of experiencing homelessness as a result of family violence. Investments include supporting Launch Housing's social enterprise HomeGround Real Estate, to providing skilled volunteers, to building Ikea furniture for families in need via the REA employee induction program.[31]

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  16. ^ REA Group FY20 results
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  30. ^ "Partner for change". www.launchhousing.org.au. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
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