Published on December 15th, 2015 | by Sunit Nandi0
Homelike-feeling: B2B platform for furnished apartments has grown more than 60% in the last 3 months
Homelike, the B2B platform for furnished apartments already offers more than 5.000 furnished apartments in eleven cities. Business travelers welcome the ease of booking entirely online.
Cologne, November 30, 2015 – The B2B platform Homelike has recorded a significant growth of 60 percent in furnished apartments in the last three months. Due to growing demand from corporate customers, Homelike has extended its portfolio of furnished apartments from 3.000 to 5.000 in Germany. Homelike’s portfolio comprises not only furnished apartments and serviced apartments, but also boarding houses and specializes in the providing housing in the B2B sector. More than 150 companies have already taken advantage from of simple and online booking process and the opportunity to save on travel expenses.
Homelike provides transparency in the fragmented housing market
The high volume of furnished apartment enquiries in recent months indicate that business travelers, such as consultants or project managers, are highly interested in an entirely online booking process. In particular those who have to relocate to a new city for a certain period of time and wish for a better housing solution than just a small and sparsely furnished hotel room to live in. The ready-made apartments with an average size of 30- 40 square meters, provide the perfect comfort and a sense of home for the growing number of ‘working nomads’. The lean operations process of Homelike creates added value for all business travelers and corporations by ensuring efficiency, transparency and saving time. Homelike’s billing process is ensures correct VAT invoicing in line with all regulations and the lease between tenant and landlord is signed via electronic signature online.
Over 150 satisfied companies have already booked furnished apartments entirely online
The Cologne (Germany) based company was founded in the beginning of 2015 and since then about 150 companies have booked a furnished apartment online. The average length of stay is four months. The most popular cities are Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Frankfurt. ‘For companies it is a new experience to have the possibility to book furnished apartments for their employees entirely online. The dynamic job market nowadays require a high degree of flexibility and mobility from every employee in their everyday working life. Homelike supports companies to have an overview and transparency of the corporate housing market,’ says the founder and CEO of Homelike, Dustin Figge.
The dynamic of a niche market
Homelike has established a new market leading platform in bringing the business travel and real estate industries together. All Homelike landlords hold a lessor license and must be verified by Homelike staff. Besides Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt Homelike offers modern and stylish furnished apartments in eleven cities in total.
‘With a lot of energy and passion we set the focus on B2B-customers as a target group. We benefit from our expertise of our network partners of the business travel and the real estate industry. Homelike is the perfect solution for long stay business travels, where the business travelers feel at home far away from home,’ says Figge.
Dustin Figge, CEO, Homelike
The company: Homelike
The company Homelike (www.thehomelike.com) is a online B2B platform, which specializes in the brokering of furnished apartments and corporate living spaces to companies and business travellers. The founders and CEOs of the company are Dustin Figge and Christoph Kasper. Homelike currently holds more than 5,000 apartments in their portfolio of furnished apartments, serviced apartments and boarding houses, which are located in eleven different cities in Germany. Homelike is constantly growing and broadening its presence.