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Back and ERA join hands to improve access to agents and property data

Tie-up allows the public to look for the right realty staff and find out more about properties on offer

Singapore, 23 October 2008 - Singapore´s local search and directory engine, and real estate giant ERA Singapore, announced that they will work together to give homebuyers more relevant information to help them choose the right agent for their needs and the right property for their future.

The multi-faceted partnership will enable ERA agents to add information about themselves in´s “People” list, such as their achievements, years of working experience and their personal photographs.

The ERA agents can also turn to´s comprehensive “Maps” service to indicate to their clients the key details of the area surrounding the homes or offices being offered for sale or rent.´s “Maps” carry a wide range of features including ERP gantries and prices, nearby ATMs and even 4D outlets in addition to the nearest schools, clinics, and shopping centres.

ERA´s Senior Vice President, Mr Marcus Chu, said: “We are delighted that ERA´s current stature and expertise in Singapore´s realty industry is recognised by SPH Search."

“Through our partnership with, anyone who is keen to know more about news or information on properties in Singapore can easily search online at to learn more about ERA, our wide range of housing services, and even make contact with any of our friendly and highly experienced Associates to address their housing needs.”

Mr Paul Jansen, Chief Executive of SPH Search, the company behind, said: “Our goal is to be the premier local search and directory engine for Singapore. To achieve this ambition requires selection of the right partners offering the products and services desired by the public.”

“We are constantly on the lookout for organisations which care about quality and their reputation. ERA fits the bill.”

Under the arrangement, ERA will supply information about its agents to who will then invite the agents to enhance this through its self-update platform. They can add personal information such as their education level, contact details, areas of expertise, zone allotment, latest awards and achievements and upload their most recent photographs.

Mr David Goh, ERA´s Senior Group Division Director, said: “With, our Associates are able to put faces to their names, update their own profiles and credentials online in a central and easily accessible public directory.”

“These many personalised features made available to our Associates will boost the confidence of prospective buyers or sellers in our Associates to help them with their housing requirements.”´s engine uses a system called “Federated Search” where a person looking for something in a news report will also be shown results in other sections -for instance, the exact location through a map, or a photograph of it in the images database.

So if a potential homebuyer is looking for a property in Bedok, can provide him with news reports and archived stories about the property itself or the area, show the location of the property on a map, list the names of the ERA agents specialising in that area, and show photographs of the home.

Mr Johnson Goh, Vice President (Marketing) of SPH Search said: “The “Federated Search” service can pave the way for potential buyers to make a quicker decision and reach the right agent with little effort. So there´s a win-win for everyone and more efficient use of everyone´s time.”

“In this time of uncertainty, where there´s also the opportunity look for value picks, ERA and are striving to help people choose wisely whether it is to buy or rent.”

Issued by SPH Search Pte Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 200613505N

For more information, please contact:

James Ong
Marketing Communications Manager
SPH Search Pte Ltd
DID: 6319 2779
Mobile: 9389 8929

Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1586
Mobile: 9749 5105

About SPH Search Pte Ltd
SPH Search was born of collaboration between two media powerhouses: Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) and Schibsted ASA. The two companies, listed and headquartered in Singapore and Norway respectively, have long been in the business of giving people information, and significantly, in the context which makes the information more useful.

Both companies have also established reputations as trusted sources, each over more than a century, with their continuous delivery of accurate information speedily. The platforms on which they do this have changed over the years and have, since the 90s, included the World Wide Web.

Their joint venture, SPH Search, aims to provide the premier online tool for anyone seeking information about Singapore; its people and its businesses. It intends to respond to queries speedily. Most importantly, it plans to make relevance the hallmark of its answers.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 17 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine,; STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

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