Our History


Inhabit design, create, supply, train and support software specifically for the real estate industry.

The company Inhabit started back in 2004, however, Bill Shields (our founder and owner) influence goes back much further.

As we have worked behind the scenes with companies such as LJ Hooker for many years, its possible you may not have heard of Inhabit. However many thousands of people have used and continue to use our software since the early 90s and don't realise that the vast majority of it was designed and developed by a small team of very hard working talented people.

  • 1986-1991

    During this time Bill worked under contract for a number of companies while completing his HSC and Bachelor of Information Technology at University of Technology, Sydney. Bill did extensive work for Clarke Computers (a property management company bought by Realestate.com.au and then Rockend). During this time Bill was a Systems Programmer working primarily in Assembler, C++ and Pascal, building a programming language and integrated database management system.

  • 1992

    Clarke Computers were awarded the contract to build a Sales Management System for LJ Hooker. Bill resigned his position 3 months after the contract was awarded.

  • 1992

    Bill starts AST a software development company.

  • 1994

    After failing with a number of software suppliers from 1992 to 1994, LJ Hooker approached Bill to develop their long promised Sales Management System.

  • 1994

    The first version of LJ Hooker Office was released, developed by Bill and jointly owned by LJ Hooker and AST.

  • 1997

    LJ Hooker Office was upgraded and converted to Windows.

  • 1997

    LJ Hooker Office was translated into Chinese for LJ Hooker's push into Hong Kong.

  • 1997

    AST develops and launches LJ Hooker's first proper website. Property information (including photos) is transferred electronically from ASTs LJ Hooker Office software. To the best of our knowledge this was an Australian first.

  • 2000

    AST was sold to LJ Hooker. Prior to its sale AST employed 28 staff and developed software for a number of industries.

  • 2000

    Bill purchased LJ Hooker Maroochydore.

  • 2001

    Bill commenced working on LJ Hooker Evolution a significant upgrade to LJ Hooker Office.

  • 2002

    LJ Hooker Evolution is released.

  • 2003

    Bill completes to Beta the LJ Hooker Bookkeeper Accounting program.

  • 2004

    Bill sold LJ Hooker Maroochydore.

  • 2004

    Bill starts Inhabit a real estate software company.

  • 2005

    LJ Hooker licence parts and purchase parts of AgencyMax to be renamed LJ Hooker E2, to replace the aging LJ Hooker Evolution.

  • 2005

    Inhabit releases AgencyOne a special version of our software specifically for PRDnationwide.

  • 2007

    Inhabit releases Valiant, the precursor to Litehouse, a website development tool specifically to allow the building of real estate websites as quickly and efficently as possible. With this tool Inhabit commence building websites for Real Estate Offices.

  • 2007

    Inhabit releases its corporate/portal grade XML Processor.

  • 2009

    Inhabit releases Litehouse, its web based real estate software program.

  • 2010

    Inhabit upgrades Litehouse, it now support specialist websites for Salespeople.

  • 2010

    Inhabit releases Freedom a fully integrated iPhone, iPad and Android program for a Salesperson on the move.