Who is the Best to host a Real Estate Website?

Real Estate Agent with Maui Real Estate Advisors, LLC RS 68054

Can anyone reccommend the best company to host a Custom Real Estate Website? (no solicitations -Please!). I would like real honest opinions from Realtors who actually have success with their website and lead capture system Thank You!!


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Tom Robinson
Keller Williams Realty Kingstowne/Alexandria, VA Office - Fairfax, VA
Experienced Real Estate, Professional Serving No. VA and DC

I used to own a web site and search engine optimization business but I sold it as the prices have dropped significantly over the years and the economy basically killed it off. Here are few tips I can give you in regard to your web site.

If you dont have a website already, I will tell you it can take months to start getting reasonable traffic to that website via Google, etc. The cheapest and easiest way is to put your website URL on every piece of advertising you send out, on your e-mail signature, business cards, and on your car, etc.

You do not need to spend of money unless you want a custom site and even then there are deals out there. I have seen ads daily in the Wall Street Journal advertising complete web solutions for $695. Custom built sites, Search Engine Optimization, and you own the copyright.

You may want to look art sites provided and built for the real estate industry through Top Producer, or MRIS, for example. You may also want to consider using a Century 21 site if they offer it to you for free. I have a free Keller Williams site because it has KW's useful features that I get for free like adding my colleagues listings if I want to, a referral system, and basic SEO. If you use the Century 21 site, the downfall would be if you left Century 21. Make sure you own the domain. You can have the links on Google redirected to your new sites appropriate pages. You can also link all of your blogs to and from your site.

The site should be built on a CSS format with little or no flash. Google has a hard time reading flash (or maybe not at all). As long as your site is built on a modern platform, looks neat and is not too cluttered, that's all you need (as far as the basics are concerned). Your focus should be on updating the site regularly with useful and interesting content so that Google recognizes it and indexes your site higher. I say Google but that goes for all of the other search engines as well.

Hosting shouldn't cost more than about $5 or $10 a month unless you are receiving other services included in the hosting fee like monthly updates to your site by a webmaster, etc.

I don't know if you realize it but Google regularly indexes the blogs off of Active Rain.

I hope this helps.


Tom Robinson, Real Estate Consultant, Keller Williams Realty. http://www.tomrobinsonteam.com

Dec 06, 2009 07:23 AM #1
jeannie kong

Thank you Tom,

I appreciate your detailed response.


Dec 06, 2009 11:35 AM #2
Alix Pinzon
Open Mortgage, LLC NMLS # 2975 - Downey, CA

My website only cost $100 a year, which is a template based website.  Unless you're sure that you're always going to work for C21, I'd recommend purchasing your own domain, on GoDaddy.com, or another comparable site.  Select a domain that has both Wailea, and Homes in the title.  I checked, and WaileaInvestmentHomes.com, and WaileaHomeSearch.com are both available.  Check out my site if you want, www.SoCalRealEstateBrokers.com  Good luck!!

Dec 06, 2009 12:00 PM #3

Thanks Greg for your suggestions.


Dec 07, 2009 07:16 AM #4
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