Case study of Property Finder

The largest property real estate marketplace in the UAE

United Arab Emirates flag Real Estate Marketplaces SaaS
01 Challenge
Property Finder is the largest property real estate marketplace in the UAE and the whole region. They offer access to a wide range of residential and commercial properties for sale and for rent. At some point, the company decided to refactor and modernize their existing systems and they were looking for a top-notch DevOps partner to help them.

The Software House was chosen to cooperate with Property Finder during the refactoring process. After proving ourselves with DevOps services, we’ve been engaged in some additional web development projects. At first, we were asked to refresh and optimize a few additional modules of the existing service and the management panel. Then, we were assigned to develop a completely new platform (Data Finder) and its API.
Scope of work
Business analysis DevOps Web development QA
Property Finder real estate marketplace in the UAE case study
02 Solution
After taking over the modules of the service we’ve been asked to modernize, we’ve noticed that they were pretty old, based on server-side rendering and rather slow. That’s why the first thing we had to do was to upgrade the existing elements. We updated PHP and React to the newest version, and decided to introduce strongly-typed TypeScript language.

After that, we restored and upgraded server-side rendering to make sure that everything works as necessary. We also refreshed it to make the service work faster. Also, we introduced lazy loading to make all the sections load separately – it significantly shortened the loading time.

With the aforementioned new Data Finder platform and its API, we had to prepare everything from scratch. We decided to go with the newest version of PHP, with the Symfony framework, and we chose PostgreSQL as one of the most advanced databases. Wanting to deliver the cleanest code possible, we based the frontend part of the service on TypeScript and React. Moreover, we wrote a lot of detailed automated tests to make sure all the components work properly and securely.
Property Finder real estate marketplace in the UAE case study
Used technologies
PHP logo Symfony logo React logo TypeScript logo Docker logo
03 Effect
The initial feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it led to much closer cooperation. Starting with a helping hand with DevOps services, through the in-depth modernization and optimization of the existing elements of Property Finder, we’ve finished up with a huge task to develop a brand new platform.

Data Finder is currently undergoing the tests and it’s reported to be used by over 500 real estate agents in the UAE and the whole region. The Software House still cooperates with Property Finder to make sure they deliver the highest quality of their services.
Property Finder real estate marketplace in the UAE case study
40 000
40 000

properties for sale

3500 real estate agents using the service

verified real estate agents

50 000 properties for rent
50 000

properties for rent

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