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E-service quality: An investigation of its key dimensions and the discriminatory power in the residential property sector

Acta Commercii

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Title E-service quality: An investigation of its key dimensions and the discriminatory power in the residential property sector
Creator Beneke, Justin Acton, Alexander Richardson, Dominic White, Fiona
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Description Research Statement: With an increase in competition within the South African property sector, real estate agencies need to ensure that their channels are as effective as possible. Using the Internet and mobile technologies represents a new means to reach customers and achieve lower operating costs. This study seeks to ascertain which factors potential buyers consider important when perusing residential property in an online environment. Hence, the dimensions of e-service quality, which constitute their online experience, will be explored. In addition, this research explores buyer typologies and probes whether other forms of technology, such as a mobile interface, may be of commercial value to the realtor. Methodology: The empirical analysis was conducted by means of a quantitative survey. A questionnaire was designed to test the application of the e-service quality construct in the South African real-estate sector. Data was obtained from 300 respondents, across the age spectrum, who filled the criteria of being prospective buyers. Convenience sampling was primarily used to collect responses as the researchers were unable to obtain access to a specific database of listed property buyers. Results Conclusion: As mirrored in other studies of this nature, it was found that trust is paramount when initiating property sales online. All other variables in the construct (site features, information, accessibility, communication, reliability, responsiveness and personalisation) also proved significant. A cluster analysis revealed that older respondents preferred a higher level of support - across all attributes of e-service quality - when interacting with online property services. Lastly, the mobile interface appears to appeal to 'students' as well as 'mature workers'. It is surmised that these individuals have access to smart phones capable of being used for accessing property portals. However, the 'young workers' appear less enthusiastic about the mobile interface, seemingly preferring to either access such portals via the Internet or visiting agents personally.
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Date 2011-12-06
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/ac.v11i1.154
Source Acta Commercii; Vol 11, No 1 (2011); 75-87 1684-1999 2413-1903
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2011 Justin Beneke, Alexander Acton, Dominic Richardson, Fiona White