Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Andrea Chang
Published: 16 July 2016, Los Angeles Times


Phil Deng, left, and Ocean Zhao are co-founders of the House Club, an online platform that integrates with WeChat, China's most popular messaging app. (Harrison Hill / Los Angeles Times)

For months, Shu Li acted as the de facto go-between for her friends in China interested in purchasing Southern California real estate.

“I used to have to call the agent, get the information, forward that information to my friends in Mandarin,” the educational trainer said. “Now I don’t have to do that much to help them out.”

Instead, Li has started referring her Chinese friends to the House Club, an online platform that integrates with WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app. Through the House Club, Chinese buyers can easily find information such as square footage, layout and neighborhood information — all in Mandarin. [read more]

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