Ohmyhome Co-Founders sisters Race and Rhonda Wong faced quite the roadblock when they were planning to set up shop in the Philippines in 2020. Maneuvering around a global health crisis that hit Southeast Asian countries especially hard, they relied on three things to get the Ohmyhome Philippines launch over the hump. The first was a proven business model that led to their successful launches in Singapore and Malaysia in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Second, the team’s vision for an all-in-one property technology platform. And lastly, their faith in good, honest Filipino work.
“I knew Filipino culture from growing up in Singapore serving Filipinos. My first job helping out my parents’ photo developing shops was at Lucky Plaza, which is the Mecca of Singapore-based Filipinos,” Ohmyhome Chief Executive Officer Rhonda explains. “I have vivid memories of serving Filipinos because of their kindness.”
While the Philippine operations were only launched recently, the actual Philippine office was established in 2017, comprised of only the tech team. Ohmyhome Singapore Web Lead Herzon Garlan was one of them. At the time, he wanted to be able to go home to his family. The sisters knew how important it was for him, too.
“I then moved back home in October 2018 to help establish Ohmyhome Philippines after we hired three developers,” states Herzon, who shared the same vision as Rhonda and Race. “After meeting with the small tech team, seeing how passionate they were, and after hearing the company’s vision straight from Rhonda, I was convinced that I wanted to be part of Ohmyhome.”
Race says that Ohmyhome didn’t exactly set out to employ Filipinos at first. “We didn’t set a criteria to hire Filipinos but it all happened naturally because Filipinos are very talented!”
Her sister adds: “It isn’t necessarily the understanding of property that is the most important to us, but the understanding of how important homes are to Filipinos.”
‘The Most Comprehensive Selection of Homes for Filipino Buyers Today’
Looking back at the past year, 18 major developers have onboarded to partner with Ohmyhome, more than 190 projects nationwide have been listed, and roughly 300,000 customers have come to Ohmyhome Philippines for a seamless housing transaction experience. Currently, the Philippines is the largest market out of the three countries Ohmyhome is in.
“Being given the opportunity to serve each of our customers is a privilege for us,” Race claims. “We believe in a long-term relationship and service towards our customers. Even if they are not a customer of ours today, they could be one soon in the future.”
Race Wong (right) with one of our first Filipino employees, Benj Toledo, giving a talk at a conference.
Race adds that launching during the pandemic also meant that Ohmyhome Philippines would have trouble reaching out to people in a more intimate setting. Of course, part of the struggle of pandemic life is establishing meaningful relationships and Ohmyhome is a company that values its relationships with the families, OFWs, and investors it serves.
To bridge the gap, Ohmyhome’s operations team works from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM to attend to all customers, from the initial inquiry to financing options and more. Relationship managers and sales agents go out of their way to engage property seekers with personalized services. The platform has also been bolstered by a fresh, new design for a smoother, much-improved user experience.
“OMH PH is now the most comprehensive selection of homes for Filipino buyers today, with over 100,000 genuine supply of inventory, something that didn’t exist before,” Rhonda says. “This end-to-end experience has saved our Filipino community thousands of hours in the search for their next home or investment.”
One Home at a Time
From the effects of the pandemic to natural disasters, the past year’s events have led more home buyers to reevaluate their own life choices. Now more than ever, we find time for our families and save as much money as we can.
With us, our customers can also engage renovation services, and enjoy exclusive Ohmyhome discounts, new video content, and more.Ohmyhome also hopes to add more house and lots, condos, and townhouses to its inventory, expanding into more cities in the Philippines through its extensive platform.
“Our goal is to cater to every single homeowner and buyer in the Philippines,” states Race. “And if given the chance for one to understand the mission and values of Ohmyhome, one would be convinced that we are always working in our customers’ best interests.”
For Herzon, he can’t help but look back at the company’s growth since 2017. “It’s been a blast,” he says. “I saw how the team grew from three tables (one for the bosses, one for the agents, and one for the tech team) to three offices across three countries. It’s like having a big family and one of the best things I love about Ohmyhome is the culture. So happy that everyone bought into it and continues to uphold it.”
Ohmyhome’s commitment to a smoother property transaction experience is in full effect, evidenced by new programs, content, and services. Each home is practically a few clicks away, after all. Agents are always open for a free consultation. Thousands of listings are available. A year in and a year looking ahead, the goal remains the same: to transform Filipino lives, one home at a time.
Get in touch with an Ohmyhome property agent today to get started on your property journey.
Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.
Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.
Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down their choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.
The company’s Real Estate Agents not only help in the shortlisting of options but also provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates.
Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.