The world’s best China-focused real estate marketers were named as winners of the Global Chinese Choice Awards by Juwai.com at a Gala Dinner event in Shanghai last week. The Awards followed four months of nominations, online voting by Chinese consumers, and final selection by an esteemed panel of judges that included senior executives from JD.com, Noah Holdings, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, and other respected companies.
The Juwai Global Chinese Choice Awards is the only Awards programme in the world to target China-centric residential developers, real estate agencies, lenders, and other organisations. The organiser, Juwai.com, is the number one Chinese international property portal and exclusive international property partner to Tencent.
One of the 20 winners of a prestigious accolade was Eric Chen, the Director of Asia Pacific Initiatives of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., which won the ‘Best U.S. Real Estate Company Award.
He said, “Winning an award from Juwai.com means so much because it is an unmatchable guide and partner in China. We are tremendously excited that our hard work and investments in working with Chinese buyers is paying off and we are having such success.”
KS Koh, Chief Executive and Founder of Landscope Christie’s International Real Estate, won the Best International Property Agency Award.
He said, “It is a great pleasure and a great honour to have received this award from Juwai. I would like to thank the panel of judges for naming us the Best International Property Agency. I think it is a recognition and an endorsement of my company’s track record and our services to the general public. It is Christie’s integrity and services that have put us in this position.”
Todd Nisbet, Executive Vice President – Strategy and Development for Crown Resorts Limited, whose Crown Residences at One Barangaroo in Sydney, Australia won the ‘Best International Hospitality Branded Residence’ award, said, “We couldn’t be more excited about receiving this award, given the fact that it is voted on by the general public who are interested in real estate.”
“That an award has been won by a project in Australia is a testament to how truly global real estate has become for the Chinese consumer. Juwai.com has the largest reach and a level of credibility that a lot of companies don’t currently enjoy in China.”
Lanny Xu, the CEO of Ironfish China, which won the Most Trustworthy Overseas Property Service Provider Award, said, “Since 2004, we have built up our business in China and received lots of awards and are very appreciative, but none of these can be compared with today’s award from Juwai.
“It is one of the best awards in the industry and we are very honoured to receive it. Hopefully, in the future, we will work with Juwai.com in a long-term relationship in terms of serving clients in purchasing and investing in overseas property.”
Carrie Law, the Chief Executive Officer of Juwai.com, said: “At Juwai.com, we work to create happy consumers and happy customers. That’s what makes us happy as a team.”
“We see the fantastic teams who won awards tonight as sharing a similar vision.
“If you can make it in China, you can make it anywhere. Chinese buyers are the most motivated, biggest spending, and savviest cross-border buyers in the world. “No other market is as fast-paced, competitive, and remunerative as China. China is where marketers invest in the most innovative marketing strategies because it has the scale to deliver the biggest payday. Our winners constantly experiment and fine-tuning their approach. They often take what they learn in China back to their home markets and apply it there, as well.
“More property marketers targeting Chinese consumers use VR in property marketing. More use live video. More use the online-to-offline model. China is the proving ground, so we created the Juwai Global Chinese Choice Awards to acknowledge the very best.
“Mainland Chinese invested US$119.7 billion in international property last year. We expect investment this year to be up by between 3% and 8% over that level, bringing total investment to at least $123.3 billion in 2018.”
The judging panel included nine senior property industry professionals from JD.com, Noah Holdings, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, and other respected companies.
“All of the judges found it extremely difficult to choose winners from among so many excellent companies,” said Georg Chmiel Juwai.com Chairman with more than 24 years in online and technology businesses.
He has also been CEO and MD for iProperty Group and LJ Hooker Group, as well as CFO of the US$7.1bn REA Group. He said:
“Our 20 winners stand out as the very best in the world, and represent an incredible diversity in terms of location, category, and even business model.”
“They have in common an unmatched understanding of – and commitment to – Chinese consumers. They have managed to overcome challenges in terms of language and of distance by using technology to assist them in cross-border selling.”
“And they stand out in terms of Chinese consumer loyalty — as manifested in consumer online votes, search patterns, and transactions.”
Global Chinese Choice Awards by Juwai.com:
Full List of Winners
Global Best Use of Big Data on an E-commerce Business: ICBC E-Mall.
Best International Hospitality Branded Residence: Crown Residences at One Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia.
Most Trustworthy Overseas Property Service Provider: Ironfish (China) Co. Ltd.
Best Overseas Mortgage Lender: BC Securities.
Best International Property Agency: Landscope Christie’s International Real Estate.
Best Digital Innovation Development: New World Development Company Limited.
Best Property AI Service Provider: ArchiStar Pty Ltd.
Most Popular Developer – Greece: MD Homes LTD.
Best Property Investment Consultancy – Japan: Century21 Culture Centre Property Ltd.
Best Immigration & Startups Consultancy – Japan: Far East International Investment Immigration Consultant Company.
Best Development – Malaysia: D’Rapport Residences, Ampang, Malaysia, by the ACMAR Group.
Best Developer – Thailand: All Inspire Development PCL.
Best Agency – Thailand: Thai D Real Estate Co Ltd.
Best Developer – London, UK: Mount Anvil Limited.
Best Developer – Birmingham, UK: Top Capital Group.
Best Property Developer – Manchester, UK: Salboy International.
Best Development – Manchester, UK: Local Blackfriars by Salboy International.
Best US Real Estate Company: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Best Premium Development – Vietnam: Halong Bay Golf Club & Luxury Resorts by FLC Group.
Best Developer – Vietnam: FLC Group.