SouFun Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN), a real estate Internet portal in China, recently announced that it has entered into strategic cooperation agreements with Shenzhen World Union Properties Consultancy (SZ: 002285) and Hopefluent Group (HK: 00733), two leading real estate agencies in China.

According to the agreements, SouFun will subscribe for new shares of the two companies via private placement and purchase shares from their existing shareholders for a 10% and a 17% shares in World Union and Hopfluent with US$120 million and US$ 91 million, respectively. SouFun will become the second largest shareholder of the two partners, respectively.

The online estate service will cooperate with the two partners across their business lines, including advertising, e-commerce, listing service, new home agency and consultancy. SouFun also planned to cooperate with the two companies to explore internet and real estate financing businesses. SouFun just launched a third-party financing business last year.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.