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About us

Stan Dickens, former President of the RICS in Spain, launched i-comparables in 2009.

His initial research in Spain dated back to 1999 and was later extended to 1989. The sources consulted were as wide as possible. These included direct contact with investors of all types, contact with investment agents, researching property investment funds accounts and property agents’ market reports, press releases, property consultants’ and property investors’ web sites, newspaper articles, internet news publications and on-line libraries and the specialist real estate press.

Now that the research dating back to 1989 is mostly complete, additional research is being undertaken of large transactions dating back as far as 1925 and even further. The task is ongoing and currently the Spanish database of i-comparables.com has some 2,000 recorded transactions mostly dating from the year 2000 but with a significant number of earlier transactions mostly in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Currently, the oldest transaction recorded on i-comparables.com dates back to 1925 and the database is expected to reach 2,500 separate recorded transactions by mid 2010.

The Spanish experience has led to the development of a highly accessible and interactive database. All data is held in a secure MySQL platform, a far more powerful database platform than Excel. Clients have 24 hour access, powerful search and filtering tools and fully up to date information at all times.

An agents’ league table charts latest activity on the home page.

In 2011, Richard Harris noted that many operators in the Italian real estate market were calling for greater transparency to facilitate valuation and pricing decisions. After considering several options, he acquired the Italian franchise for i-comparables in the belief that its purpose built software and methodology were suitable for the Italian marketplace, that its reputation was well- sounded and that it offered a viable long term business model. The franchise will be held by a newly formed company “i srl”, providing information services relating to the Italian real estate market.

Its first activity will be the establishment and operation of i-comparables Italia, but it will offer further services with, as appropriate, other operators. Nomisma will act as technical partner for the delivery of i-comparables in Italy.

The mission of i-comparables is to bring greater transparency to the real estate market, whilst respecting the desire for confidentiality of some operators. Please send us any Italian real estate transactions that you would like to see published. We will fully respect confidentiality on all information received.