Kejahunt.com, a new online property listing platform incubated at the Nailab Incubation Centre wants to help home seekers find their ideal homes and roommates in an easy, credible and convenient manner from the comfort of their mobile devices or PC’s.
The firm also says it aims to end the pain caused by unscrupulous property agents-who dupe clients of loads of cash and even fail to help them locate a property as promised.
Founded by Kelvin Githuka Kihiu, Piero Muguna Mbaabu and Joshua Mutua Nzuki, Kejahunt aims to help Nairobi’s middle and low income earners who the founders say have been neglected by other property listing platforms. They aim to list property going for as low as $40 ( Ksh.5,000) and let home seekers pick homes of their preference.
“We are making it possible for the low and middle income earners to get property listings they can afford on our online platform. Our platform is very user friendly with easy to use tools and we implement geo-location technology as a primary search tool. Our roommate feature has not yet been implemented in Kenya yet. We are the first to do it here,” Kihiu, Kejahunt CEO and co-founder told TechMoran.
“Home seekers can now go ahead to find their ideal houses based on their preferences on the location, budget range and number of rooms. In addition to finding houses, one can find a roommate if they feel the need to share cost or just for company,’ Kihiu added.
Being schoolmates and fresh graduates from Kenya’s JKUAT (Westlands Campus), the three felt the need to get houses to move into from our parents’ houses and hostels, but it was tough to find any good property anywhere.
“We got an agents number from the advertisements by the road side. The agent turned out to be a fraud as he asked for a fee before we could view the house which we did not even like. Going to the existing online platforms, we could not find houses going at a fair price as per our financial situation , all the houses seemed to be for the high-end market only,” Kihiu laments.
“Knowing the larger population in Kenya is made up of the low and middle income earners and most of them being the youth, we sought to find a solution to their house hunting problems.”
Now with hundreds of properties, Kejahunt works simply.
A home seeker logs on to www.kejahunt.com from their web browser and on our homepage they will find a text field prompting them to input their preferred location and on doing so they are provided with houses in the specified area from which they can choose from. The user can further narrow down their search by specifying the type of house i.e. apartment, bedsitter, Servant Quarter among others.
One can also select by the number of rooms they wish the house to rent or buy and also the budget range of the houses. All this is done without leaving that page as the platform responds each time you specify a preference, the houses show on the map as per their specific location. On clicking on any of the properties shown, one is able to get a description of the house complete with photos of the interior and exterior of the house.
The platform also has a house sharing feature, allowing for users to pick friends to share the house cost in case the rent seems too high. Users search for a roommate on the platform where suggestions of potential roommates are given depending on the number of mutual friends they have on Facebook.
Kejahunt plans to rollout across East Africa in the next one and a half years and later on across Africa. At the moment they say the main challenge is people adapting to their kind of technology, also getting property owners to drop agents as their link to their potential tenants has not been easy, as most of the property owners come from the conservative non-digital era.