There are a couple of online services available today to help you find a place to rent in Zimbabwe (well, Harare). Our favourite is Dipleague, mainly because of its active community of users. But if you’ve used this giant classifieds mailing list, you also know that the super charged activity that makes it an attractive market place, is often so loud you dread opening the emails. So, like many other services today that the internet and mobile phones can improve, properties discovery and advertising online, remains largely unsolved. And that’s what Rent-Or-Buy.co.zw is out to do.
Rent-Or-Buy Zimbabwe came online some several days ago. The platform basically allows people looking for properties to search and filter out a list of properties posted to the site by owners and real estate agents. It also allows users to submit their requests if they can’t find what they are looking so that they can be notified when something close is posted to the site.
We generally like Rent-Or-By’s no frills simplicity and the social media integration allowing account creation in a few easy clicks. The site however leaves out some necessary information like an about page to tell visitors what the site is about and what they are trying to do. We also found the 3 random properties that show on most pages by default to get in the way of what the user is trying to view. When I search for and don’t find a flat to rent in Mbare for example, the 3 random properties almost look like there are my results. Another thing is that it’s not easy to figure out, before you click, what most of those menu items at the top do.
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Rent-Or-Buy’s success will depend on them convincing people (and Real estate agents) to post their properties and when they do, to ensure they actually receive calls from prospectives, otherwise they’ll leave. The founder, Sam Chipangura, says they’ve been in direct contact with real estate agents to invite them to list their properties and so far they are getting some positive responses.
On how they built the platform, Chipangura says it was developed using used F3, the PHP Fat-Free framework. Chipangura is the lead developer.
Full Disclosure: Sam Chipangura, the founder of Rent-Or-Buy is a paid contributor to Techzim.
13 thoughts on “Rent-Or-Buy Zimbabwe will help you find properties online”
I think its a good site and simple but i prefer http://www.caterhome.co.zw better
I urge all you guys developing such services to consider strongly encouraging your advertisers to include Google Earth/Maps location information to improve the quality of those adverts. Being able to zoom in on a property location on Google Earth is a lot more valuable to me than any words you can use to describe a property. If you are a serious seller its not that difficult to locate you property on Google Earth and mark its boundaries out so that potential buyers can properly evaluate it. Buyer immediately gets an idea about property size, location, services such as roads, general neighbourhood development, proximity to desirable or undesirable facilities such as schools, shops, clinics, police station, etc.
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Great work Sam. I like the way you keep it simple
nice but interface needs a lot fo work. good luck.
How authentic are those posts on the website? Dont wanna get mugged at some dingy house….
So how does one become a ”
paid contributor to Techzim “, how much do you have to part with?
hey there, you interested? send us an email!
@kwabeza, i sent u an email last week…
didn’t see anything. please try again on kabweza at this domain.
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