- Citics, a Vietnamese property technology startup, has raised $1 million in a pre-series A round from international and domestic investors.
- Previously, Citics secured US$700,000 in investment from angel investors.
Some of its investors include Singapore’s Vulpes Investment Management, and South Korea’s Nextrans, and The Ventures.
It had earlier raised $700,000 from angel investors, many of whom also continued to participate in this round of funding.
By digitizing and centralizing data sources, Citics aims to create a real estate data platform to support real estate transactions, including real estate valuation, sales-purchase, lease, and mortgage.
Citics was founded in November 2018 by the former CEO of real estate broker Cen Group’s southern Vietnam region, Tran Minh Long. Long was listed in Forbes’s "30 under 30" list of entrepreneurs in 2018.
Citics’s board of directors also includes two other faces from the "30 under 30" list – Nguyen Hai Ninh, founder and former CEO of Vietnamese coffee house chain The Coffee House, and Pham Anh Duc, founder of ViCare, a startup that provides information on hospitals, clinics, doctors, drugs, and symptoms of diseases.
Founded in 2018, Citics aims to build a “comprehensive” real estate data platform in Vietnam by digitizing and centralizing data sources to help in real estate transactions, including real estate valuation, sales-purchase, lease, mortgage, among others.
It offers a data-as-a-service solution for banks to validate the value of properties that are used as collateral for loans. Bankers can check the details and preliminary values of properties on the platform.
It also enables banks’ risk department to control mortgage risks related to property values and locations by its digital price map technology.
Citics’s first application, Citics Valuations, enables banks to validate the value of a property as collateral for loans.
By using a proprietary valuation map, bankers can now check the details and preliminary values of properties with just a few clicks. The official valuation report is completed within three hours, just one fourth the time it usually takes.
Since launching the product in early 2020, Citics claims it has signed contracts with 10 banks and achieved a monthly growth rate of more than 30%.
It also claims to have data of more than 9 million properties across the country and has estimated values for nearly 4 million of them.
With the fresh fund, the proptech startup plans to expand its valuation service to more than 30 cities across Vietnam, as well as digitize real estate data of 20 cities to create a database of more than 18 million properties.
Currently, Citics has the data of more than nine million properties nationwide and has estimated values for nearly four million of them. It has provided its valuation service to 10 domestic banks.
It expected to expand its valuation service to over 30 cities and provinces, according to its CEO Tran Minh Long.