Dario Ferreira, Internet Marketing

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

No, it's very hard on the eyes - it's not just you! 

Feb 20, 2018 08:59 PM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

doesn't drive me mad but drives me away from the site, I am seeing a trend with a white or light background and light gray font which is also extremely hard to read, IMHO.

Feb 21, 2018 05:21 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Horrible to read. Some said they used them at the luxury end of a market. For me....bad idea.

Feb 21, 2018 05:20 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

As long as I can read the the content, it does not bother me. 

Feb 21, 2018 05:02 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Not a good idea for long text, maybe ok for a special purpose... like a "over the hill" birthday or something, but other than that, I can't think of a good reason. 

Feb 21, 2018 04:28 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

No sir, it's not only you, I don't care for them either

Feb 21, 2018 04:19 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

That depends how you look at things Dario? Would you say that your shirt is white with black stripes or is it vice versa?

Feb 21, 2018 02:04 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

As we get older, it is harder to read these types of websites.  I agree!

Feb 20, 2018 08:22 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Leave it to me to be the dissenter. I have 2 websites with black backgrounds/white lettering. They both have done extremely well. Those colors are my brand. My most recent redesign was by an upwardly mobile, wealthy, entrepreneurial web designer client who is a bullseye target demo. My instructions: I want you to attract more of you. We agreed that an Industrial looking design for CRE would be eye catching to prospectives.
Being a millennial, he crowdsourced it to 10m of his closest friends. (Seriously, many peers and everybody liked the design.)
So you can put me down in the 'I think it depends on what you're aiming at, and everybody has their taste' column.
I definitely did not want my brand to look like the sea of templated residential websites out there.

I am more nonplussed by something that doesn't stand out. Even if to some, it is wrong.

Feb 21, 2018 06:58 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Then never turn on Night Mode on Twitter.

I don't care for that look either. 

Feb 21, 2018 06:41 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

They don't drive me mad, they drive me away.  I can't read them and don't even try. 

Feb 21, 2018 06:39 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's not just you.

Feb 21, 2018 06:24 AM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

People spend less time on annoyingly hard to read websites, thereby saving electricity, thereby saving the earth and the polar bears. #praisetheannoyingwebsites

Feb 21, 2018 06:18 AM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

That is as bad as a blog with no sentance or paragraph breaks.

Eve

Feb 21, 2018 06:16 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

It looks dramatic at first impression, but is hard to read. I agree with you.

Feb 21, 2018 06:00 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No, it is not just you, it is me too!

Feb 21, 2018 05:40 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I rarely see that.... not a popular design....

Feb 21, 2018 05:33 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Doesn't bother me at all. What BOTHERS ME are people that have Wordpress sites & don't change the light grey font & you can't read their posts. When I see that, I leave. There are many people here that do that.

Feb 21, 2018 05:31 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

small fonts give me a headsache

Feb 21, 2018 05:16 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

If i am searching for something i will still read it, but not very appeal-ling

Feb 21, 2018 05:14 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

James Dray nailed this one!

Feb 21, 2018 04:55 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Feb 21, 2018 04:54 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

The preferred is the exact opposite by most website specialists.

Feb 21, 2018 04:45 AM
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

I dont care for it,but my husband thinks its easier on his eyes...
He even has changed his kindle to black with white text

Feb 21, 2018 04:36 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I start seeing strange things in front of my eyes when I look away. If I really want to read it anyway, I skim it really fast and click off.

Feb 21, 2018 03:16 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, they are much harder to read.  That's why the changed computers years ago from black background to white.

 

BTW, my site is purple background (which I know is not the greatest).  But, I make my font extra large so it's much easier to read.

Feb 21, 2018 02:46 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Same...

Feb 20, 2018 10:49 PM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

It's not just you.  If they use a larger and/or bolder font, it could work. 

Feb 20, 2018 09:43 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

No, and we don't advise it.  It is cheap looking.  A

Feb 20, 2018 09:31 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dario Ferreira - isn't it a personal choice?

Feb 20, 2018 09:22 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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It does make it more difficult.

Feb 20, 2018 08:54 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Poor contrast.  Not a good idea.

Feb 20, 2018 08:32 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No, not just you.  Black with white is very annoying.  Same with certain color combos involving red or blue text.

Feb 21, 2018 09:19 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Hard on the eyes!

Feb 21, 2018 07:26 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not very inviting.

Feb 21, 2018 06:49 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Except for four word headlines this is a bad practice.

Even worse is green background and magenta font.  The cones and rods get so confused it makes my head hurt.

Feb 21, 2018 05:15 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Likely not just you. 

Mar 22, 2018 08:37 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is difficult to read, I agree.

Feb 25, 2018 07:40 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do agree

Feb 21, 2018 06:31 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Any post that is hard to read gets me to click off fast. 

Feb 21, 2018 06:18 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Difficult to read for sure. 

Feb 21, 2018 05:20 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree

Feb 21, 2018 01:51 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Hard on the eyes- often used in horror genre

Feb 21, 2018 01:36 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its hypnotic....

Feb 21, 2018 11:34 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It needs to be the opposite. Same with those TYPE ALL WORDS IN UPPER CASE. THEY DRIVE mE nNUTs.

Feb 21, 2018 09:40 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

That is what zebras count on as a defense against predators - mess with their eyes. Don't think this is what the owners of the websites intended...

Feb 21, 2018 09:27 AM
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

Thanks for all the responses.

It seems like it bothers the majority also.

By the way, I meant the entire background black or really dark, not just the header and/or nav. In this case, it can look good and adds a luxury feel to the site. The big problem is, when there are big blocks of text in small fonts.

I agree with others, light gray fonts on a white background are terrible.

Feb 21, 2018 09:20 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dario Ferreira I agree, it is hard on the eyes.

Feb 21, 2018 06:41 AM