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Beautifully designed web pages stand out miles above the sea of "my
website looks like every other template website." You too can have a website
in about an hour with pre-populated stock real estate articles and hard
to use navigation, and absolutely way too much information blasting at you
when you hit the home page. Getting a website like this is fast, relatively
inexpensive, and EASY - but is it effective?
(can you sense my disdain?? ;)
Will consumers (you know, these are the
people that you want to hire you) actually LIKE your presentation and
decide to call or email you? Or will that whoosh sound be them going back to
their google results page to keep on looking?
Well, there are quite a few out there doing this the right way. These are
the ones that give us inspiration to take elements about their pages and
presentations that we like and do something similar with our own. Talk to
your web designer about incorporating some new and fresh ideas into your
pages. As you look below, you will also see links to designers pages who you
can talk to if you are looking for somebody to help.
When I come across a page that I like, I tag it into my inspiration
folder to come back to for ideas later. These 10 sites are ones that I have
recently tagged with a "craig's click" and I wanted to share them with you.
(I've recently discovered the site pinterest.com and this "board" itself is
inspiration of that great idea)
This website by Sue Adler grabs you from the moment you land! The map graphic
shows Sue's area of focus as well as being clickable. You can also
search for homes using the tile on the right. Directly below are
featured homes for sale and lots of VIDEO tiles. The top navigation bar
is very well categorized for target interests. This is a custom
design by the virtualresults
team, led by Jim Marks (website).
Sue's site I give a big thumbs up
and keep at the top of my bookmarks list! If you are interested in
incorporating well-done video into your marketing plan, take close
note of Sue's work in that regard. Everything in a word, Awesome!
The Salem Real Estate Group has a website that is very welcoming
with great information. The visually appealing design is the work of
the very talented designer Suzanne Stephens (AR
The header graphics display in slideshow mode and show the local
area features stunningly. Suzanne keeps the home search panel high
on the left sidebar so it is never far away. The elegant graphics is
complimented by the useful information such as on the "New2Salem
Blog" page on the top menu that takes you over to the blog posts
nicely broken up in to categories to choose from.
M Squared Real Estate has a very web 2.0 styled and attractive
page. The banner slideshow grabs your eye and the search for homes
box is right there to dive in. The tiled category buttons are
directly underneath. Not too many things to choose from, just the
main thoughts! Neighborhood information is laid out nicely in a
panel just below. The footer gives a nice sitemap to further fine
tune the question "what are you interested in?" This site design is
a product of their IN-HOUSE web team (note: updated designed by info CORRECTED)...
excellent job guys!
Clean design, effective action tiles -- that is why I tagged this
site. I don't like to be distracted by everything you know on placed
on your home page! Give us a chance to pick our topics. The
John Hall & Associates site does this effectively. It is a
well done design (web designer unknown).
This design shows that getting to the basics works fantastically
also. The top of the page is the main topics. Below we can search
for homes (one of the main reasons somebody is there!). We are also
introduced to the site owner Jonathan Bunn. His latest blog posts
are right there for us to see above the fold (we can tell he is an
active blogger). The main calls to action are on the left sidebar
such as short sale info, market stats, and getting home's worth
info. This clean and effective design is the work of Real Estate
Kerry Lucasse (AR
Profile) and team have created a visually attractive place on
the web for their visitors to spend some time! The page is very
attractive and the information is laid out in very colorful and easy
to navigate zones. The neighborhoods landing page, I especially
like. The visitor can explore each neighborhood and click on the
predefined search links direct into that neighboorhood. The use of
colors and graphics throughout the whole site is well done and must
help the "time on page" metric to stay high and also capture some
If you don't recognize the "Phoenix Real Estate Guy" - he is
Profile). You should definitely spend time reading Jay's blog at
the website above. This is a great design. Visual appeal resounds in the colors
and banner information. The four main categories of topics are big
tiles to pick from right at the top of the page. Below is the most
current blog posts (a forte of Jay's). Very important - contact information is impossible
to miss along with his other main social pages. It is easy to see
why Jay is a great choice in the Phoenix area!
What is exiting about modern websites is that they are dynamic
and come alive with new content. The blogger in us helps to keep
push out new information on things we discover and share.
Janie Coffey of Miami shows us how this can be done on her
site. Janie and Karyn are active in providing new content via their
posts and videos, facebook and twitter. These are a couple of ladies
that don't stand still and there's always something new to see.
Their accordion slider at the top of the home page is a great way to
present the main categories of your blog posts to help your reader
get to what they are interested. Their site is wordpress based along
with the Thesis theme.
A person looking for a home in Cleveland and who comes across
Chris Olsen's site will be inclined to stay and
spend some time. Chris (AR
Profile) had called on the design services of Inna and
Jon Hardison at ha Media (AR
Profile & website).
This design brings all of the essential elements together in a clean
and easy to follow layout. The navigation menu at the top takes you
to the main categories. However, so you don't miss the most
important ones, they are tiled below into six main branches of
helpful things for your search. Chris' blog is in a carousel box
just below where the most recent posts are shown one after another.
Finally, we head down to North Carolina to see what Debe Maxwell
has been up to on one of her many sites. Buyers usually know
where they want to look, straight from the home page on clear and
easy to follow navigation links they can jump right into a huge map
and start a visual home search for what's on the market. Debe also
keeps us in the know about all local information via her blog posts
there and information for buyers to make a very informed home buying
or selling decision! Debe has more than one Wordpress (WP) site and
if you want to learn strategies from a blogging pro, check
out her upcoming webinar on AR University which she tells
me is 1/19 (head on over to the
calendar and sign up!)
Well there you have it. Ten websites to get
you thinking about your own website. Inspiration is a great thing!
If you want to nominate other sites for bookmark by Craig, I'm all ears. You
can see all of these pages is a big
slideshow view also so you can look at the finer details and quickly
click through all the slides that way.
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.