While women are the primary users of online real estate portals in the west, men still dominate the property search process in the emerging markets, according to new data from Lamudi. However in some key countries in Latin America and Asia, women are emerging as the dominant decision-makers when searching for property online.

Onsite data from Lamudi, the global property portal, reveals that men account for the majority of users searching for real estate to buy or rent in the emerging markets. In countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as many as three-quarters of online property-seekers are male. Male house-hunters also significantly outnumber women in the online property search process in Ghana (where 68 percent of users are men), Tanzania (68 percent), Saudi Arabia (63 percent) and Senegal (60 percent).

Research has shown that women are the primary users of online property portals in western countries. In the US, 53 percent of people who sign up to buy or sell real estate online are female, figures from Realtor.org show. Meanwhile, more than 40 percent of Australian women regularly use online real estate classifieds, compared to 28 percent of men, according to Nielsen/Net Ratings research.

In Pakistan, 74 percent of the users are male. This is because men are the primary decision makers when it comes to buying and selling property in Pakistan. In parts of Latin America and Asia, women account for the majority of online property-seekers. The countries where female house-hunters are more likely to search online for real estate are: Colombia (64 percent female), Mexico (63 percent), Peru (66 percent) and the Philippines (64 percent). In Indonesia, male and female online property-seekers are split 50-50.

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Lamudi Pakistan’s Country Director, Saad Arshed, said: “While our findings support the notion that men are the primary decision-makers in households in many emerging markets, this is not necessarily the case across the board. In countries such as Mexico and the Philippines, it is women who drive the search for property online, though men may still make the final decision.”

Country Male (%) Female (%)
Algeria 53 47
Bangladesh 75 25
Colombia 36 64
Ghana 68 32
Indonesia 50 50
Kenya 55 45
Mexico 37 63
Morocco 54 46
Myanmar 59 41
Nigeria 74 26
Pakistan 74 26
Peru 34 66
Philippines 36 64
Qatar 56 44
Rwanda 70 30
Saudi Arabia 63 37
Senegal 63 37
Sri Lanka 60 40
Tanzania 68 32
Tunisia 58 42