Currently, about 20% of the world population is on transit because of numberless reasons: adventure, evictions, war and natural calamities such as earth quakes and floods or seeking a better rental home, a solace home, education, research, business or camp.
Today, more than 25% of the Kenyan population lives in apartments, rental housing, mobile homes, refugees camp, children’s home or other housing not entirely owned by the occupant. In many other countries, this percentage is much higher. There are more than a million rental properties in Kenya: For example, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, more than 25% of these urban dwellers reside in rentals and spend nearly 40% of their income on rent.
The monthly residential reservation payments are the second largest category of consumer payments behind mortgage payments. However, comprehensive housing and or accommodation data and central data collecting and reporting services do not exist for searching for available housing and or accommodation facilities and payments of reservations of residential housing and many other accommodation reservation arrangements, even though it exists for some mortgage services.
Similarly, there is presently no reliable real time housing and or accommodation demand metric for reservation reporting to providers and consumers in this multifamily hospitality industry. For example, in urban Kenya, more than 80% of new houses produced target the high and the upper middle class earners. This is despite the fact that near 83% of the urban dwellers are lower middle class and low income earners. More so, the current government and private developers annual housing and or accommodation supply of about 50,000 units doesn’t meet the demand which range in tunes of 250,000 units according to these proponents: Business Daily and Hass Consult.
Housing and or accommodation availability information is not compiled to any central data warehouse for use by multiple, otherwise unrelated providers and consumers.
Therefore, the existing housing and or accommodation access, management, reservation and approval process is manually intensive, time consuming, and of limited value because of the sparseness and unreliability of available information. In current approaches, to check a prospective housing and or accommodation availability, consumers and other real time or emergency accommodation seekers have to walk into or call property agents, housing and or accommodation providers and fraudsters to inquire about the prospective home. Some housing and or accommodation seekers even get to levels of risking their, health, lives and property in the hands of cons who pose as genuine accommodation providers both online and offline.
One cause of the non-systematic approach of previous methods asylum, housing and or accommodation seekers have to physically, digitally: emails and cell phone or manually inquire from several providers. Where many groups of housing and or accommodation providers use different property managers, care takers, property management software or none at all, this makes accommodation access a cumbersome and an unpredictable mission.
Since most of these housing and or accommodation providers are largely independent and confined in gated compounds, and even when some relationship exists among certain housing and or accommodation providers and the consumers, real time access to accommodation availability and reservation notices between the housing and or accommodation providers and the accommodation seekers is costly and inefficient.
The HaoFinder team set out to provide tools to housing and or accommodation service providers and service seekers to enable them accept real time facility Search, reservations, data analytics, Payments and to take advantage of related value added services to help them grow and prosper. HaoFinder’s Integrated Housing-Accommodation Access and Management System (IHAAMAS) collects data associated with housing and or accommodation facilities and providers for a plurality of consumers, search and reservation events. Housing and or accommodation services providers report out and administer available housing and or accommodation facilities within a given locality to a central database in a systematic manner.
The content of the data is also systematically defined to accommodate the unique aspects of consumers/ housing and or accommodations access seekers demands (for example: type of available accommodation, the locality, the reservation arrangements, providers contact details and detailed description of the available housing and or accommodation provisions.). The data is stored in the central database for access by a plurality of housing and or accommodation services seekers, to assist in a large variety of localized housing and or accommodation search and reservations and credit decisions.
For example, a housing and or accommodation provider can access the central database for housing and or accommodation requests or reservation notices relating to a prospective consumer. For a consumer who satisfactorily fulfills the providers and system requirements for a successful facility search and reservation, the housing and or accommodation provider may be more liberal in the terms of the process confirmation and thereafter service provision.
The Author is an ICT consultant, Innovator, Creative writer and a Digital Marketing help hand at CaptainTeknics Solutions