The ‘Academy Awards of the internet’ has recognised an Australian real estate company’s online presence in the 18th annual Webby Awards.
Hailed as the “Internet's highest honour” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards selected Homely.com.au as an Official Honoree for 2014.
Due to the large volume of international submissions, the honoree title means an entry has been selected as one of the best on the web as part of the Webby judging process, but narrowly missed out on a nomination.
“With thousands of entries in the Webby Awards each year, being selected as an Official Honoree is a notable achievement,” the awards website reads.
Homely co-founder Adam Spencer said it was a great achievement considering the short amount of time the site has been live.
“It is truly an honour for us, that in such a short time we have been selected as an honoree in the real estate category. We are building a world-class product that we think will revolutionise real estate search in Australia, and this honour recognises our vision at the very highest level," he said.
“To be the only Australian selection in this category really says a lot about us and the innovation we are bringing to the table.”
The nominees were RentHop, a New York rental search engine; The Agency, a US network founded by the Wall Street Journal’s number one top-producing real estate agent in California; US property portal Zillow; Start Fresh – Buy New, a US-based advocacy group for new constructions; and Foxtons, a UK franchise group.
Homely has also just announced new integration with the CRM platforms to make submitting listings for agents as simple as possible.
Top software providers working with Homely include Agentbox, Agentbase, Agentplus, Agentpoint, Box+Dice, Core Web Systems, Inhabit, iProperty, iWon Data, MyDesktop, OSL, Portplus, Renet, Rex Software, Rockend, Subtle Difference, with more to be added in the next few weeks.
Since launching, Homely has gained strong support from Australia’s largest real estate brands with over 2,500 offices syndicating homes, including Ray White, LJ Hooker, Raine&Horne, Harcourts, hockingstuart, Belle Property, The Professionals, RT Edgar, MICM Property and hundreds of independent agents.