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Harcourts' ongoing lead in the highly competitive 'e-real estate' arena has seen it retain its number one spot as the most visited real estate company website in the country.

Over 900,000 visitors through the October to December 2003 quarter saw also move up to the number two spot in the ‘Business and Finance - Property Section’ after according to statistics just released by Internet monitoring service, Hitwise.

Harcourts Chief Technology Officer, Jason Wills, said Harcourts kept a strong focus on meeting consumer demands and they were continuously providing new and innovative services on the site.
This included the recently launched text messaging service which Mr Wills believed had helped drive up the visitor numbers to

In a New Zealand first for real estate, just over a year ago Harcourts launched the Personal Notifier function of to automatically email registrants with properties meeting their criteria. The new improved Personal Notifier was now able to send listing and open home details as a simple text message to any text capable Telecom mobile phone.

Mr Wills added, “This is an absolute first in New Zealand and exclusive to Harcourts. No-one else offers anything like this technological edge.” He added that client feedback showed buyers often frustrated at the rate property sold before they had a chance to view it. This new tool ensured they received instant notification of property within their criteria as soon as it was listed. He added that for sellers, it meant their properties could be emailed and text messaged directly to potential buyers.

Developed exclusively in conjunction with Telecom, the new service was available for a fee of 99cents for each new listing text message and 50cents for each open home text message.


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