WOW, Now That's What I Call a Face-Lift!

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

This is "AFTER" the surgery:

This was "Before" the Listerectomy:

The question I have for you?  Is less really more?  What's your honest opinion?  Do you like clean and simple?  Do you believe there is more value to having every space on a site taken up with links, text, and images?  I know many will have different thoughts and opinions so I want to hear them?  Hearing your thoughts is important to me for many reasons, but more-so because I am building up my own personal site and I really value and respect all my readers and friends opinions here.  Well, most of them anyway.  lol~  So what say ye?  

What do I think of the new look?  I asked you first?  I'll be right back...

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Rainmaker
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Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

crisp clean focused. we are all over-burdened with data.

Mar 08, 2011 09:22 AM #32
Rainer
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Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

I like it.  Seems user-friendly.

Mar 08, 2011 09:27 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Brad - I like the clean look ..... certainly less is more in most cases ..... one thing I am sure you are aware of is the number of clicks a person has to make to get the information they want (I understand the maximum is three or you lose them)

Mar 08, 2011 09:38 AM #34
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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

It certainly does look a lot less cluttered and I bet that will equal to people staying on the site longer.

Mar 08, 2011 10:57 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Simon Mills
Mills Realty - Toluca Lake, CA

The majority of people are going to Zillow to get their Zestimate.  This is easily achieved with the new homepage.  I like the cleaner simpler look.

Mar 08, 2011 11:23 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Ann Dail
Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551 - Baton Rouge, LA
Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem

There is no comparison.  Much easier now.,

Mar 08, 2011 11:54 AM #37
Rainer
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Don Hintz
2D-enterprises / HAUS Design, LLC - Anderson, IN

Brad,

My internet connection is a little slow this evening due to some routine maintenance, so I was sitting here waiting for ALL the page to load and I was just staring blankly at the page, when I realized, it was loaded.

I like!!

Mar 08, 2011 12:45 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Brad - Much better!  Nice work!

Mar 08, 2011 01:03 PM #39
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

I like it.  Clean ,simple, and easy to navigate.  I'm for less is more.

Mar 08, 2011 01:30 PM #40
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brad- sense I'm a big fan of the Peanut comic strip, I always opt for cleaner lines.  I find that websites with too much on them are kind of like a cluttered house. Your eyes are bouncing all over and never being able to focus on one thing. 

Mar 08, 2011 01:53 PM #41
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Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate

Brad,

Actually I think it will be better.  We are bombarded so much nowadays and a focused approach would be welcome to some since they do not need all the chatter and links we get it everywhere else. 

Mar 08, 2011 02:31 PM #42
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Brad, I definitely like the new look better. Honestly, when I got on Zillow's site I found it confusing - there were too many choices and I didn't know which one to click on first!

Sharon

Mar 08, 2011 03:00 PM #43
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Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

Tech savvy people may be able to deal with the previous incarnation, but the newer layout is much more managable for the avg internet idiot.  Most people are not as sophisticated and those that are must keep that in mind

Mar 08, 2011 03:43 PM #44
Rainmaker
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Hi Brad,

The ads being gone are defintely a good thing.  I like the widgets though, because I may not have thought to look for the information contained there.

Mar 08, 2011 04:44 PM #45
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Brad, very nice face peel.  Cleaner and easier to read. I like the before and after shot for comparison.

Mar 08, 2011 11:55 PM #46
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Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions & U.S. Financial Funding, LLC - Wesley Chapel, NC
Lease/Purchase Specialist & Unclaimed Money Player

Hi Bob,

I think that by making things cleaner and with more white space, it is easier to read and understand what you are viewing.

More white space definitely works and is easier on the eyes.

Mar 09, 2011 12:17 AM #47
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Mary Jo Quay
Remax Results - Edina, MN
I Move You Home

Interesting that they pulled all the advertising and options out of it.  Bottom line is people are looking at houses, and the rest is distraction.  When the page gets busy you don't know where to start, and veer off onto widget.  Good makeover. 

Mar 09, 2011 02:27 PM #48
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Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD
SearchPotomacHomes.com

Plain and simple is my vote!

Mar 09, 2011 11:59 PM #49
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Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
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So two of you have called me Bob on this post, now that's a first.  Once is almost expected, but twice?  lol~

Seriously, thank you guys for your opinions and comments.  We can all learn from your feedback and these responses.
In the fast paced busy world we live in today, making things simple and easy to use brings more value to your traffic than trying to cram everything into a single page. 

I'm still working on my site and trying to apply this principle myself, just sometimes it's hard letting go. Thanks everyone.

Mar 10, 2011 03:52 AM #50
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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I LOVE SIMPLE>>>>>YAY!

Mar 10, 2011 11:34 AM #51
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