Proptech Evolution : Impact on Real Estate

Proptech Evolution : Impact on Real Estate

The real estate industry is going through a paradigm shift, and one of the core reasons behind this change is proptech. This is the era of digital transformation, and the property development industry is no longer left behind. The real estate market is completely utilizing technology for more efficient and seamless results.
The global PropTech market is projected to grow at a robust compound annual growth rate of 15.8% from 2022 to 2030. By 2030, it's expected to reach an impressive USD 94,200.7 million. This growth highlights the real estate industry's swift adoption of property technology. 

PropTech: The Fusion of Property and Technology

The word proptech comes from the summation of two words: property and technology. This synergy has given rise to a plethora of game-changing solutions, from virtual reality for property tours to artificial intelligence for customer communication, from CRM tools for real estate agents to blockchain technology for increased excellence. By 2030, India's real estate market is set to soar to $1 trillion in revenue, with proptech playing a pivotal role as a key economic catalyst. 

It is only logical to imagine that in the mundane and traditional world of real estate, where did proptech come from? The journey of proptech started way before we could even imagine it. 

The Evolution of PropTech: Riding the Waves of Change

Today’s 33.57 billion-dollar proptech industry’s evolutionary journey started in the early 1990s. The proptech revolution has unfolded in distinct waves, each marking a significant milestone in the industry's digital transformation.

First Wave: Basic Property Management Software and Tools

The inception of PropTech can be dated back to the 1990s, with basic property management software and tools. This era was marked by pioneers like Autodesk, which revolutionized the construction technology space in 1982. In 1987, CoStar Group, a prominent player in commercial real estate analytics was also founded. This was the start of the realtech journey, this seeded the base for today's real esate revolution.  

Second Wave: The Internet Revolution

The dawn of the new millennium began the second wave of proptech evolution. This was the era when the real estate world was exposed to property lisitings on the web platform for the first time. The property listing websites like Trulia (2005), Zillow (2006), and Zoopla (2008) transformed how properties are marketed and discovered. It was the same time when Airbnab started their journey. Airbnb's disruptive entry in 2007 revolutionized the rental and hotel domain. It reshaped the industry landscape.

Third Wave: Mobile Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS)

This was the era when the focus slowly started shifting towards user experience. It majorly happened with the rise of mobile computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) models. In 2012, VTS redefined the commercial real estate market with specialized software tools tailored for landlords and real estate brokers.

The Real-Tech Evolution

Fourth Wave: Today's Proptech with VR, AR, AI, and Automation

The fourth wave, which we are currently experiencing, is dominated by cutting-edge technologies like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), and automation. Companies like Relata are leading this revolution, offering a comprehensive suite of end-to-end real estate solutions that leverage these advanced technologies to enhance transparency, customer convenience, and accelerate real estate sales.

What are the top proptech solutions?

Whether it is property management or customer relationship handling, the entire real estate industry has gone through a massive transformation due to technology. Here are the top trending technologies in proptech that are making headlines every day and will boost the real estate economy further.

Virtual Reality

A virtual property tour presents property buyers with a simulated 3D environment that enables users to explore properties virtually. It operates on the same fundamentals that our phone’s panoramic images work on. Initially, a sequence of images is woven together, forming a distorted, raw image. Now these distorted images undergo advanced software processing to eliminate distortions and enhance the overall 360-degree image, which is more realistic and closely captures the virtual space. 

Property buyers can enjoy virtual tours of their dream projects sitting in any corner of the world with the help of a desktop and even a smartphone. There are several proptech companies offering an array of virtual tours. One such leading proptech giant is Relata. Relata’s visualization suite includes AR/VR, 360-degree virtual walkthroughs, 3D tours, and much more.

Relata Visualization for Virtual Reality Experience


Blockchain technology increases transparency in real estate. The distributed nature of blockchain ensures that all property records, ownership details, and transaction histories are securely stored and easily accessible to authorized parties. It also has the potential to facilitate cross-border real estate transactions by providing a secure and transparent platform for international buyers and sellers to conduct business. This could open up new markets and investment opportunities, fostering global real estate collaboration.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is used by almost every other industry because of its fast computing power and superintelligence. It is almost like having a super brain. AI is used across the real estate industry, from smart homes to real estate customer support. Generative AI chatbots like Reiya can speak 8+ languages, answer customer queries 24x7, and share necessary links and collateral. The power of AI can also be used for predictive analytics. AI can single-handedly increase engagement ratios, reduce manual errors, and help accelerate real estate sales.


Relata's AI Assistant Reiya

Data Analytics

The success of a real estate project highly depends on how well the sales team can perform. The journey from a lead to a customer is quite long. Managing leads and ensuring conversions, the sales team oversees the entire process. The manual way of using Excel is not the optimized way of doing it. The old traditional real estate practice also does not utilize analytics at all; here’s exactly where the problem begins. The old way keeps failing due to a lack of insights and analysis.
With the power of data analytics, all these problems can not only be solved, but this super tool can also be further used to excel in real estate. From predictive analytics to customer behavioral analysis, today's proptech makes everything possible. Relata’s proptech solution also offers an analytics suite.  

The Future of PropTech in Real Estate

As the PropTech revolution continues to gain momentum, the future holds exciting possibilities for the real estate industry. We can expect to see further advancements in virtual and augmented reality technologies, enabling immersive property experiences and seamless remote transactions. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a pivotal role in automating processes, providing predictive analytics, and optimizing decision-making.

Proptech solutions give companies an edge over their competitors; hence, more and more real estate developers are leveraging proptech solutions. Relata has crafted a range of proptech solutions that cater to anyone and everyone in the real estate industry. Our affordable range of solutions can help you elevate your real estate game and excel in your real estate sales. The potential for growth and innovation in PropTech is limitless, promising a brighter, more efficient, and transparent future for the real estate industry. Join us on this journey; book your first demo today with Relata. 

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