PropertyQuants

Bringing quantitative investment strategies to global real estate

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About Us

PropertyQuants was founded by a team of PhD ex-quant traders with a track record of successfully deploying automated trading models in global financial markets.

We're bringing the quantitative revolution to real estate investing. Property investing today is often based on incomplete and inadequate information. Analysis, forecasts, and decisions are not rigorously produced, and are sometimes driven by emotion, untested assumptions, and rules of thumb. Portfolio considerations in real estate are often ignored.

We work to improve real estate decision making. It can and should be evidence-based, data-driven, and systematic instead. We are leading the way forward by applying quantitative finance and data science methods to global real estate, helping investors beat the market.

Our Approach

Comprehensive Global Real Estate Database

Our technology automatically ingests a wide range of relevant real estate (and related) data series around the world – all cleaned, standardized, and normalized within appropriate local contexts. We include diverse data series covering not just transaction prices, but also neighborhood level demographics and migration patterns, macroeconomic factors, and more. Data are converted to proprietary numerical scores where appropriate (e.g., school quality score, commute time score, etc.).

Real Estate Data Science Platform

We’re building a flexible and customizable research platform that combines cloud-based database technologies, geographic information systems, machine learning / artificial intelligence / data science tools, and quantitative / systematic investment methodologies. This allows us to provide personalized answers to top-down questions, powered by a utility function approach to trade-offs over multiple decision criteria.

Advanced Analytics, Portfolio Analysis, and Systematic Investment Predictions

Our platform also serves up statistically rigorous analytics (e.g., neighbourhood price indices produced by hedonic regression). It enables users with little to no prior statistics or programming training to perform sophisticated analyses (e.g., correlation analysis, regression analysis, event history analysis, t-test). The portfolio analytics feature will allow users to quantitatively measure portfolio performance, including risk and return trade-offs.

Current Data Coverage

7 cities
180 public data sources
317 commercial data sources
800 datasets

Our Team

PropertyQuants Nelson Lau

Nelson Lau

PhD, CFA CEO

Nelson Lau has a PhD in Decision Sciences from INSEAD, is a CFA Charterholder, and completed his undergraduate work at Columbia University, double majoring in Economics and Mathematics-Statistics. He started his career as a trader/researcher at R G Niederhoffer Capital Management, an award-winning hedge fund deploying medium and low frequency strategies to global markets, completed a stint at GIC, and also spent significant time as lead trader at KCG, a leading global high frequency trading firm focusing on Asian markets.

PropertyQuants Xingzhi Cheng

Xingzhi Cheng

PhD CTO

Xingzhi Cheng has a PhD in Statistical Physics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and NUS. Xingzhi was technical lead at 2 successful startups – Appublisher and M-DAQ - before moving to quantitative trading, where he has 5 years of experience as a researcher, trader, and quantitative developer.

PropertyQuants Ziteng Wang

Ziteng Wang

Data Engineer

Ziteng Wang has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Singapore Management University(SMU). He has completed several IT projects for different companies, including a mobile app for MSD, an e-learning platform for Epitrain and a POC data analysis project for Johnson & Johnson.

PropertyQuants Advisor

Kevin Kow

Advisor

Kevin Kow joined NWP Retail in March 2019 as the Chief Investment Officer and is responsible for acquisitions of real estate investments and capital market functions. Prior to joining NWP Retail, Mr. Kow worked at CLSA Real Estate (2017 - 2019) and Morgan Stanley (2006 - 2017), where he served as Head of Singapore and was responsible for acquisitions and asset management activities across Singapore and Southeast Asia in both roles. Mr. Kow has experience across Asia Pacific... More

Achievements

PropertyQuants MAS Megatr8
Class of 2019, Colliers Techstars PropTech Accelerator

We were one of 10 companies selected out of hundreds of applicants to participate in this intensive three-month accelerator program hosted in Toronto. The program provides the opportunity to work with over 120 mentors, establish pilots and partnerships, and culminates in Demo Day presentations to real estate industry participants and technology investors.

PropertyQuants MAS Megatr8
Grant Recipient, MAS FSTI POC Scheme

PropertyQuants Pte. Ltd was awarded the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Financial Sector Technology and Innovation (FSTI) Proof of Concept (POC) grant on 06-Sep-2019. The FSTI POC grant provides funding support for experimentation, development and dissemination of nascent innovative technologies in the financial services sector.

Our application to the scheme was sponsored by Megatr8 Inc., a Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) in Singapore.

PropertyQuants SLA ShortListed
Shortlist, Innoleap Call for Solutions (CFS) 2019

Innoleap CFS is organised by GovTech Singapore. It calls upon private sector companies to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by government agencies. We prototyped and presented a mobile app producing Augmented Reality / Mixed reality visualizations of cadastral boundaries, in response to a problem faced by the Singapore Land Authority.

PropertyQuants BWT Asia Awards
Finalist, Built World Technology (BWT) Asia 2019

BWT Asia is the new world-class real estate, construction and workplace technology conference where capital, founders and leaders meet. We were a finalist in the startup competition segment of the 2019 conference.

Contact Us

Thanks for your interest in PropertyQuants. Our team is always up for a challenge, so do reach us through the emails listed below:

For general inquiries, you can reach us at:
info@propertyquants.com

Funds

For questions related to our funds, you can reach us at:
funds@propertyquants.com

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