The Success Story of NoBroker: Creating a Dalal-Free Real Estate Ecosystem in India!

The Success Story of NoBroker: Creating a Dalal-Free Real Estate Ecosystem in India!
NoBroker - How It's Creating a Dalal-Free Real Estate Ecosystem in India

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Anything that has to do with real estate, specifically as a purchaser has always been convoluted and annoying. The constant push from the sellers, nagging from the middlemen, lack of fluid communication, and running helter-skelter to get the paperwork done are some of the common horrors in the world of real estate. Was it meant to be this way?

Yes, many of us have pondered on the scene on several occasions but without any outcome. Akhil Gupta, Amit Agarwal, and Saurabh Garg also thought of improving this gloomy scenario and found a solution in the form of NoBroker. Founded in 2014, NoBroker is a Bangalore-based startup in the real estate search domain, that connects flat and property owners with tenants and buyers directly through their platform, thereby making buying, selling, and renting properties simpler, transparent, and affordable.

NoBroker claims to handle around $2 billion worth of transactions on its platform each year and saves INR 130 crores of brokerage monthly. The platform helped Indian real estate customers save around INR 1,100 crores worth of brokerage in 2020 itself. The company further strives to help the Indians usher in a new era of smooth and easy real estate transactions minus the "brokers." The startup became a unicorn on November 23, 2021.

StartupTalky interviewed Mr. Saurabh Garg, Co-Founder & CBO of NoBroker to get insights on the Startup Journey and the Growth Story of NoBroker. Read on to learn about NoBroker, its owner, business model, revenue model, competitors, founders, revenue, funding & more.

NoBroker - Company Details

Startup Name NoBroker
Headquarters Bangalore
Founders Amit Kumar Agarwal, Saurabh Garg, Akhil Gupta
Founded 2014
Sector Proptech, Real Estate
Total Funding $430.9 million (March 2023)
Registered Entity Name NoBroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited

NoBroker - About and Vision
NoBroker - Real Estate Industry Details
NoBroker - Founders and Team
NoBroker - History and Startup Story
NoBroker - Products and Services
NoBroker - Name and Logo
NoBroker - Business Model and Revenue Model
NoBroker - Startup Challenges Faced
NoBroker - Funding and Investors
NoBroker - Growth and Revenue
NoBroker - ESOP
NoBroker - Acquisitions
NoBroker - Competitors
NoBroker - Awards and Recognition
NoBroker - Future Plans

NoBroker - About and Vision

NoBroker is a disruptive force in the real estate sector that uses innovative technologies to connect property owners, buyers, and renters with the help of a single platform.

Here's what NoBroker has to say about their mission:

Our mission is to lead India’s real estate industry towards an era of doing real estate transactions in a convenient and brokerage-free manner.

NoBroker - Real Estate Industry Details

Indian real estate market, which was valued at INR 12,000 crore ($1.63 billion) in 2019 is expected to have steady growth and will be reaching INR 65,000 crores ($8.83 bn) by the year 2040, as per IBEF estimates. Furthermore, the market size of the real estate sector in India, which was estimated to be around US$ 120 billion in 2017, will be expected to grow to US$ 1 trillion by 2030 and will contribute nearly 13% to the country’s GDP by 2025.

In FY23, India's residential real estate market experienced unprecedented growth, with home sales reaching a record high of INR 3.47 lakh crore ($42 billion), marking a substantial 48% year-on-year increase. This surge underscores the sector's potential, with forecasts suggesting its contribution to India's GDP could rise to 15.5% by 2047, expanding the real estate sector to a projected $5.8 trillion.

Besides, Indian firms are also expected to raise more than $48 billion with the help of infrastructure and real estate investment trusts in 2022 when compared to raised funds, which are worth $29 billion to date, according to ICRA.

The growth of the real estate sector across residential and commercial spaces will be chiefly driven by the growing urbanization of the tier-II and tier-III regions, an increase in the average household income levels, and the rise of nuclear families. Another factor driving this growth will be the increasing shift towards homeownership in the wake of the pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak made people realize the importance of owning a home and the financial security that comes with a valuable physical asset like a house. This changing consumer sentiment will contribute hugely towards changing the market trends.

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NoBroker - Founders and Team

(L-R) Amit Kumar Agarwal, Akhil Gupta, Saurabh Garg - NoBroker Founders
(L-R) Amit Kumar Agarwal, Akhil Gupta, Saurabh Garg - NoBroker Founders

NoBroker was founded by Amit Kumar Agarwal, Akhil Gupta, and Saurabh Garg.

"I first met Akhil when we were studying at IIT Bombay and Amit at IIM Ahmedabad. Convincing them was not tough, as we all had our fair share of hassle when looking for properties" says Saurabh Garg, Co-founder & CBO, NoBroker.
  • Amit Kumar Agarwal: Co-founder and CEO of NoBroker
  • Akhil Gupta: Co-founder, Chief Tech and Product Officer of NoBroker
  • Saurabh Garg: Co-founder and CBO of NoBroker

NoBroker currently operates with a team of 1000+ highly motivated individuals consistently working to offer better services to over 30 million registered users across Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Delhi-NCR.

Amit Kumar Agarwal: Co-founder & CEO, NoBroker

Amit Agarwal is a banking and finance veteran, with over 15 years of experience in the banking and finance sector in management consulting and strategy. He had previously worked with leading global entities like PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he collaborated with numerous renowned Indian and foreign banks. Besides, he also garnered considerable experience of working with the top CXOs on several critical aspects, including the formulation of business strategy and the enhancement of on-ground profitability. He also displays a successful track record of guiding entry and portfolio strategy along with large-scale policy implementation and has won several industry accolades for his accomplishments.

In his role as the CEO of, Amit spearheads the organization’s overall vision and direction and is responsible for defining and gilding its corporate strategies. Amit is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and IIM, Ahmedabad.

Akhil Gupta: Co-founder & CTO, NoBroker

Akhil is the Co-founder and Chief Tech and Product Officer of NoBroker and has been instrumental in building the foundation for NoBroker’s spectacular growth. Akhil holds a dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

He leads the entire tech vertical of the company and is responsible for building, scaling, and managing teams along with overseeing the business growth of NoBroker to promise a heightened customer experience. His commitment to efficiency and finding disruptive solutions to the most crucial business challenges has helped NoBroker offer some ground-breaking features like the AMP/PWA, WhatsApp chat feature, along with the use of AI and ML to provide rent prediction and recommendations. These were some of the firsts in its league. Many of the products built at NoBroker are serve as successful case studies at Google and Facebook.

Furthermore, Akhil also monitors the products of the company and continuously engaged in making necessary amendments and improvements to them. Akhil had over a decade worth of experience before setting forth with NoBroker. He had previously worked with Oracle, where he had led several products in Siebel, Oracle Ebiz, and Oracle Sales Cloud, and was also responsible for filing a couple of patents for the same. He is currently associated with the world’s largest customer-to-customer real estate portal and is anticipating massive growth in the upcoming years.

Saurabh Garg: Co-founder & CBO, NoBroker

Saurabh Garg was also a student of IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad and as soon as he finished his studies, he set out with Hindustan Unilever Limited as a fresh graduate. Saurabh worked for the Sales and Marketing team of HUL and left the company after 3 years. Next, he founded Four Fountains De-Stress Spa, which was his first entrepreneurial leap. Saurabh is still serving as the Co-founder and Director of the Four Fountains Spa, which he founded back in May 2007.

His experience with Hindustan Unilever and as an entrepreneur helped him gain considerable experience. This has further benefitted him in his role as the Chief Business Officer at Saurabh's role in the revolutionary real-estate platform is mainly to pursue strategic alliances with real estate developers and corporates to bring high-quality supply and demand at a low cost, thereby expanding the revenue stream. Saurabh contributed largely to building the marketing team from scratch and empowered them to take on new challenges and try new and disruptive solutions without fearing failure. This freedom to experiment is one of the reasons why has achieved over 1 million app downloads within the first 3 years with surprisingly less marketing costs. The platform also has the lowest customer acquisition costs in the competitive Indian real estate sector.

Amid mounting social media criticism from dissatisfied customers, Saurabh Garg stated that the company is actively addressing concerns and harnessing artificial intelligence to resolve issues efficiently.

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NoBroker - History and Startup Story

Reminiscing the startup journey of, Saurabh Garg (Co-founder & CBO of NoBroker) says:

"We established when we realized that the real estate search and discovery process was fragmented, opaque, inefficient, and full of hassles for the customer. The idea first germinated after the awful experiences that we personally had with brokers while looking for a property. All the other online platforms are also marketing platforms for brokers and it is very difficult to contact owner/seller directly. This dependence on the broker made the experience horrible for the customer. Brokers subject customers to biases, pressures, and manipulations"

He continued -

"Through, we wanted to empower Indian home-seekers to find a home of their choice in a hassle free manner without paying a hefty brokerage. We did not have a prototype or a model to copy from as this was a solution built for a problem unique to Indian real estate. Brokerage has been an accepted norm for generations and therefore, penetrating the market with as disruptive a solution was not easy. The idea was simple yet bold but we knew that there was a huge scope for it. We launched the website in March 2014. Once the customer understood the unique proposition, there was no turning back for us".

NoBroker - Products and Services addresses the gap of information asymmetry that the Indian homebuyers face in its real estate market. Its disruptive solution connects property seekers with property owners, a process that earlier used to cost as much as 1-2 months of rent or 4% of the transaction amount as brokerage. The platform also provides personalized recommendations and assists with decision-making based on real-time data.

"We are the only platform in the C2C space that directly connects tenants and buyers with owners and sellers" Saurabh mentioned.

The platform offers end-to-end one-stop solution for property seekers including services such as rental agreements, movers & packers services, home loans, interiors, special packages for NRIs, relocation services for corporates, remote property management services, etc. It also facilitates online rent payment via credit cards, debit cards, net banking, and UPI wallets.

NoBroker also promises to be a one-stop-shop for processing the paperwork and documentation, associated with the lease agreement registration, bank franking, police verification, and society approvals.

NoBroker Home Services - Along with serving as an excellent solution for home buyers and renters, NoBroker also extends a list of useful services for homes, which are:

  • Painting services
  • Cleaning services
  • Home sanitization services
  • AC repair services
  • Pest control services
  • Carpentry services
  • Plumbing services

NoBroker Furniture - NoBroker also offers a wide range of furniture to buy/rent and ease the process online. It helps in installing and free relocation of furniture, swapping old ones with new ones and maintaining them.

The platform’s visitor and community management super app- NoBrokerHood is currently optimizing society living across 11,000 societies in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Jaipur, and Kochi.


CallZen, a platform for conversational AI, has been introduced by NoBroker on October 12, 2023. The Bengaluru-based company has already ventured into other verticals, such as apartment management software, home services, and beauty, so this is an entirely new business line for NoBroker.

"The name had to be simple, self-explanatory and direct. So, when I saw that name is available I booked it immediately back in 2007" says Saurabh.
NoBroker Logo
NoBroker Logo

NoBroker - Business Model and Revenue Model

The business model of NoBroker acts as a digital peer-to-peer platform that allows homeowners/sellers and prospective tenants/buyers to connect directly without the involvement of a broker. It provides a subscription business model to customers who are looking to buy, sell or rent a property.

NoBroker has 3 revenue models:

  • Freemium model for tenants
  • Freedom plan
  • Relax plan
  • MoneyBack plan

Apart from that, NoBroker also offers an array of home services like packers and movers, home cleaning, home painting, interiors, and a lot more. These are also among the notable sources of revenue for NoBroker.

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NoBroker - Startup Challenges Faced

Real estate is a huge sector and a vastly unorganized one. For generations, it had relied on traditional processes, which involved a third party. The history of brokerage services can also be traced down to the earliest establishments of real estate. The team, therefore, focused on the most fundamental challenge faced by real estate customers: the service they were receiving was not commensurate with what the customer paid for it.

As there was information asymmetry, people had no option but to rely on broker services. Real estate platforms have been around for decades and have tried to solve the issue of information asymmetry. However, they couldn’t keep brokers away from the system. This led brokers to exploit the system to their benefit.

"When I – along with my Co-founders Amit and Akhil – formed, we were determined to use technology to address the gaps in the property discovery creating a platform that was 100% brokerage free" Saurabh added.

Their approach differed from the other online real estate platforms in that they were essentially tying up with property brokers and getting them to list properties on their platforms. On the other hand, the team connected owners with sellers and tenants with buyers directly. Because of this approach, NoBroker's value proposition found a favorable reception with the customers. NoBroker has the highest number of owner-listed properties.

It bootstrapped for quite a few months. Getting investors to believe in its proposition was a challenge because the team did not have an existing successful model to convince them back them.

"But we were sure of our resolve and our solution, and the needle moved when we raised our first $20 million", Saurabh exclaims proudly.

The pandemic ironically offered a shot in the arm as people could not use offline services and relied heavily on online platforms to search and finalize a house. One way or the other, the value-conscious Indian customer has realized and appreciated NoBroker's unique proposition and helped it grow.

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NoBroker - Funding and Investors

NoBroker has raised a total funding of $430.9 million to date. The company raised INR 400M from its Series-E funding led by Google, dated March 1, 2023. This has shot the valuation of the startup to over a billion dollars, thereby making it India's first proptech (property tech) unicorn startup and the 38th Indian startup to be a unicorn in 2021.

It also raised $210 mn from its Series E funding led by General Atlantic and Tiger Global Management, dated November 23, 2021, where the US-based Moore Strategic Ventures also joined later on.

Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Anand Chandrashekharan, ex-Facebook are among the angel investors in the company. Google, Tiger Global, General Atlantic and BEENEXT are some of the popular investors fueling the brand.

With the successful completion of the upcoming round, the company is estimated to be valued at over $1 billion. However, the startup managed to raise more than that and eventually emerged as a unicorn.

The Funding and Investors' details of NoBroker is as follows -

Date Amount Stage Investors
March 1, 2023 INR 400 million Series E Google
November 23, 2021 INR 15.8 billion Series E General Atlantic, Tiger Global Management
April 16, 2020 $30 million Series D General Atlantic
November 5, 2019 $10 million Venture Round General Atlantic
October 1, 2019 $50 million Series D Tiger Global
September 11, 2019 $51 million Venture Round Tiger Global Management
June 5, 2019 $51 million Series C General Atlantic
June 4, 2019 $2.5 million Debt Financing Trifecta Capital Advisors
December 19, 2016 $7 million Series B KTB Ventures
February 24, 2016 $10 million Series B BEENEXT
February 23, 2015 $3 million Series A Fulcrum Ventures India, SAIF Partners
March 1, 2014 - Angel Round -

NoBroker - Growth and Revenue

NoBroker Financials FY22 FY23
Operating Revenue INR 326 crore INR 609 crore
Total Expenses INR 679 crore INR 1190 crore
Loss/Profit INR -309 crore INR -506 crore

NoBroker, demonstrated remarkable growth in FY22, achieving 96% year-on-year revenue growth. The company's revenue soared to INR 325.88 crore in FY22, a significant leap from INR 166 crore in FY21.

For FY22, NoBroker reported an operating revenue of INR 326 crore. This figure saw a significant increase the following year, reaching INR 609 crore in FY23. Despite the revenue growth, the company's total expenses also grew, from INR 679 crore in FY22 to INR 1190 crore in FY23. Consequently, NoBroker's losses increased from INR 309 crore in FY22 to INR 506 crore in FY23. The company aims for INR 1000 crore revenue in FY24.

NoBroker helped Indian real estate customers save over INR 130 crore brokerage monthly. The platform continues to witness 30 lakh customers connected monthly. It has a total of 30 million registered users across Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Delhi-NCR, making it the world’s largest P2P real estate platform. These users collectively saved INR 15,000 crore in brokerages. The platform also caters to the commercial property segment.

NoBroker has opened its first-ever experience center in Bengaluru, as per reports dated March 31, 2022. This marked the proptech unicorn's entry into the home interiors market. The Bengaluru-based company has planned an investment of INR 100 crore now on this new venture, which would invest the amount in marketing and hiring. As per the latest news, the home interiors arm of NoBroker has already onboarded 50+ design partners and served over 100 customers in the city to date.

NoBroker Financial for FY23
NoBroker Financial for FY22


Its visitor and community management app, NoBrokerHood, currently caters to residents in more than 11,000 societies across Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi – NCR, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Jaipur, and Kochi.

NoBroker had witnessed quite a funding, which amounted to around $430.9 million in a total of 13 rounds till March 2023. Google has recently led the latest funding round, with a INR 400 million investment. Some other growth statistics of the company follows below:

  • If we move to the costs incurred by the company, then the expenses the company incurred on employee benefits stand as a major expenditure. The employee benefits accounted for 39% of the overall expenditure. This cost increased 47.2% to INR 262 crore in FY22.
  • In FY22, NoBroker experienced a substantial 67% increase in total costs, leading to a significant rise in losses, which grew by 62.6% to INR 309 crore compared to INR 190 crore in FY21. Despite this, its return on capital employed (ROCE) and EBITDA margin remained low at -16% and -80%, respectively. At the unit level, the firm spent INR 2.08 to earn a rupee in FY22.

NoBroker - ESOP

NoBroker announced the completion of its employee buyback worth INR 32.2 crore in a report dated March 15, 2022. The buyback program of the proptech unicorn promises to allow 95 former and current employees of the company to liquidate their stock options, which makes up for 57% of total employees with ESOPs.

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NoBroker - Acquisitions

NoBrokerHood acquired Society Connect in February 11, 2020 to integrate the financial module with its services on one single platform and make society living easy and hassle-free.

NoBroker - Competitors

"As mentioned above, what differentiates us from other online real estate platforms is that ours is the only platform that is 100% brokerage free. We are not just enabling property discovery. We are a transaction platform and provide end to end solution. In that sense, we don’t have competition" says Saurabh.

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NoBroker - Awards and Recognition is a market leader in customer-to-customer real estate transactions and leading third-party endorsements have recognized the same,

  • was part of the elite ‘Champions of Change’ with the Prime Minister of India organized by the NITI Aayog.
  • has been recognized as the “Coolest Startup” by the India Today Group.
  • The company received was distinguished as the most promising startup for 2017, a recognition that it received from the Govt. of Gujarat.
  • NoBroker was also recognized by Forbes Japan as one of the 20 hot startups in India.
  • NoBroker was listed as one of the top 100 startups (36 on readers rating) with gravity-defying momentum to look up to in 2017 by YourStory.
  • NoBroker bagged the Digital Marketer of the Year award by IAMAI in 2018.
  • Most recently, the company received an award at the Emerging Awards by Tracxn where it was declared as one of the topmost companies in Real Estate Tech from across the globe.
  • NoBroker won for Disintermediation of Real Estate Transactions in the category of Innovation in Real Estate at the 14th AGBA in April 2024.


NoBroker - Future Plans

NoBroker aims INR 1,000 cr revenue in FY24. The company’s short-term plans also involve expanding within India. It aims to expand to 50 cities across the country within the next 2-3 years.


Who are the Founders of NoBroker?

NoBroker was founded by Amit Kumar Agarwal, Akhil Gupta, and Saurabh Garg.

What is NoBroker?

NoBroker is a Bangalore-based real estate search portal, which helps connect flat owners with tenants/buyers directly and makes the buying-selling of real estate simpler. NoBroker removes the need for brokers in real estate-related dealings.

What is the Revenue of NoBroker?

NoBroker, demonstrated remarkable growth in FY22, achieving 96% year-on-year revenue growth. The company's revenue soared to INR 325.88 crore in FY22, a significant leap from INR 166 crore in FY21.

How does NoBroker makes money?

Around 70% of NoBroker's revenue comes from the subscription plans it offers on various packages. Advertisements from furniture start-ups also contribute significantly as NoBroker claims over 2.5 million user visits on its website per month. NoBroker also earns revenue by offering services, such as connecting tenants with movers and packers, drafting rental agreements and extending a wide range of home services.

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