Edwin Deponte takes over our blog this month to discuss the real estate websites. Thanks Edwin!
Recent surveys observed that out of 6 million houses sold in 2017, 51% of the buyers found and purchased their dream homes online. It just shows how the real estate industry is expanding. And the sooner you start using a website to sell real estate, the better off you’ll be.
Still, starting your own real estate website and giving it a snazzy design and branding won’t be enough to help you thrive in the industry. You see, home buyers and sellers these days have particular expectations when it comes to real estate. You’ll need to add a few other components if you want your online real estate platform to generate leads, some of which are listed below.
People rarely look properties up by state or city when visiting real estate websites and house-hunting; they check out communities and neighborhoods instead. Thus, your site needs to list out specific area profiles to make it easier for your potential clients to find what they’re looking for. Doing so will also give your website an advantage SEO-wise since the keywords, links, and videos you put on it can help your site become visible easier.
You also need to set aside a page for your profile. A real estate website is only as good and credible as the agent that represents it. Not only will real estate agents act as the face of your online brokerage, but they’ll also help your platform build relationships with your target audience (since it allows buyers and sellers alike get to know you better). Moreover, you can spruce your website up even further by including testimonials, listing active and sold properties, and adding your bio and contact info.
Integrated Community Data
Good real estate agents can sell you a home, but the great ones will offer you a lifestyle. By integrating community data and offering lifestyle in your real estate website, you’ll be able to gain an edge over your competitors. For example, if your platform lists a Tagaytay condo for sale, showcase to your target audience the schools, restaurants, and other notable spots nearby. That way, you’ll not only demonstrate your expertise regarding Tagaytay, but you’ll also be able to give your potential clients a glimpse of the lifestyle the condo can provide.
IDX and MLS Search
Integrating multiple listing services (MLS) and internet data exchange (IDX) search engines will help your real estate websites hold its own in the frontlines of the real estate industry. For one thing, it can combine all your multiple listing services into one seamless search engine. And for another, it can help visitors find open houses with community features. MLS and IDX will also help your target audience locate customized neighborhoods, as well as conduct a polygon search and have the results displayed cleanly with a side-by-side map view.
For your real estate website to achieve success in the industry, you need it to generate leads regularly. By adding the components listed above, you’ll be able to drive, traffic, keep visitors engaged, and provide multiple points of conversion, allowing you to generate as many leads as possible.
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Edwin Deponte is a motivational writer who is also passionate about Social Marketing. He believes in others’ abilities and tends to bring out people’s hidden potentials through his words of inspirations and motivational articles.