This map from Spacious.hk shows a ‘single view’ for all the property for sale or rent in Hong Kong. Rather than viewing and comparing a plethora of property listings, users can take a broader approach to find the best place to settle down. Playing with the layers on a city, users can easily find out how prices have changed in the last 30 days, locate all the schools and their catchment areas, where English and Chinese speakers reside, and the household income levels across the city.

This more granular search method derives from the Spacious approach to real estate. The team wrote down all the questions people think of when they buy or rent real estate, and listed the top 10. “Most questions related to geography: Is it close to local schools? What are the transportation options? How near is it to commercial areas and parks? So we thought of layering the search creiteria based on geography. There was no better way to provide geography than using a map, so we chose that method,” Spacious CEO Asif Ghafoor said.

When Ghafoor came to Hong Kong in 2007, it struck him that existing online property listing websites were very poor. “Compared with Zillow.com in the U.S., Zoopla.co.uk in the UK, and Realestate.com.au in Australia, there was a huge gap between those and what was available in Hong Kong. That gap didn’t make sense to me, especially given how important property is to people in Asia, so I thought it was time to change,” Ghafoor added.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com