Photo and Real Estate Sites Lead European Internet Visits
By Daniel Jacobs, International Business Times
NEW YORK (International Business Times) – Europeans are visiting more photo and real-estate websites a study released on Thursday reveals.
Traffic to real-estate related websites in Europe grew by 11 percent in August, research firm comScore Networks reports, garnering 34 million unique visitors. The German website, ImmobilienScout24 led the pack, with 3.8 million unique visitors representing 18 percent growth.
“As consumers increasingly turn to the Internet in their real estate research process to view properties, check mortgage rates and calculate loan payments, their Internet behavior can be expected to become a leading indicator of overall macro-economic trends in the residential housing market,” said Bob Ivins, managing director, comScore Europe.
The report also finds that traffic to the photo related websites rose 5 percent to 60 million unique visitors for August. Imageshak, a U.K based site, increased 10 percent to lead the catagorey with 13 million visitors, while Flikr, the number two site, drew 6.5 million visits.
“As Europeans sought to share their best summer pictures, Photobucket.com and Pbase.com achieved the highest growth rates, increasing 15 percent and 18 percent, respectively versus the prior month,” the firm stated.