Event Mar/07
Gene Shi: Homelink: The Past 15 Years and the Future


Lianjia (Homelink) is the largest real estate brokerage firm in China, with more than 8,000 branches and 130,000 employees nationwide, located in over 25 cities nationwide, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and other major Chinese cities. Currently, Lianjia is building an online-to-offline (O2O) platform in China’s real estate industry to help real estate professionals become more efficient in their business, more technology savvy, and more professional when working with home buyers and sellers. 

Gene Shi is a licensed real estate broker in both Mainland China and Hong Kong. He earned his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 2009. In his current role, Mr. Shi is in charge of bringing Chinese buyers and investors overseas to purchase properties worldwide and set up local branches in major cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, and U.K.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Shi worked for First American Title Company (NYSE: FAF) for 12 years and was appointed managing director and president of First American’s China operation. Mr. Shi earned his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona State University) in Glendale, AZ, in 2003, and his Master of Finance degree from Liaoning University in Shenyang, China, in 1999.

In this talk, Mr. Shi will introduce us Lianjia’s business path in the past 15 years and its future expansion goal. His narrative will provide a practitioner’s lens to understand the landscape of real estate brokerage industry in China, and challenges and opportunities in its real estate market and urbanization process.