Having a business related to real estate has been one of your dreams? And, have you put all your time, budget, and efforts into making this business worthwhile and profitable? If yes, then, in this digital era, the next organic step to expand your business is to create a real estate website.
Forbes highlights that in 2021 there is an increase in millennials buying homes. So, the market demand is growing. The 6.9 million homes are going to be sold this year. This number is quite a success since 2005. Also, there’s a 21.9% gain in annual home sales, which was not an issue since the 1980s. What does the future hold in real estate? A stable increase and more demand await us.
Thus, if you need to enhance your business – now is the perfect time to do so. Start with building a website! Do you know what are the real estate website features? Or, what would it cost to create a real estate website? How to make this website valuable? How to attract your current users and gain new potential customers?
We’re here to help you out. Read our article and get to know the answers to the most intriguing questions. Inoxoft is a real estate software development company and an expert in software solutions. Let’s build the world’s finest software together!
Getting started: what do you need to create a real estate website?
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Let’s discuss the development of a real estate website in several steps. There are at least 8 steps you should consider first. For example,
- Create a web address and server space
- Set up your website
- Personalize your website
- Add display properties
- Monetize your website via ads
- Make it possible to pay online
- Receive profit from user property advertising
- Promote your website among competitors
How to get the domain name for a real estate website?
Making a real estate website, you need to create its unique address (domain name) and server space (webspace). How can you do that? It’s simple. Your domain name is the unique name of your website. For instance, Inoxoft.com. It is the website address of our company and our domain name.
To obtain your domain name, create it for yourself first. And, then, use the Godaddy service to register it officially. This way you will have your business represented online. Don’t forget that
- .com in your website name is good for real estate
- the name should be easy to pronounce and remember
- the name has to hint at or be relevant to commercial real estate
- long names are old school and useless
- no hyphens should be present in a website name
- use a domain name generator to make the process faster
After getting the address, make sure to obtain a web space. To do so, there are numerous companies that provide hosting services. There is an abundance of cool companies that provide host services enlisted by Techradar.pro. Check these out and focus on the quartette of the top service providers, which are:
The first setting for your website
To make your own real estate website, use WordPress. Would it be helpful? WordPress is a functional CMS on the market that can carry out this job perfectly. Especially, if you are not a tech-savvy person. With WordPress, you will be able to create a website without the need to code. Sounds perfect indeed!
To install WordPress,
- Login to your hosting service with created credentials
- Go to the website section, where you pick to install WordPress
- After clicking the install button, enter the domain name (if asked to)
- Use advanced options to change your email address and username, or even the WordPress login password
- Accept the license agreement to proceed with the install now button
Why WordPress for your real estate directory?
- WordPress is opensource, and it’s completely free
- WordPress is intuitive in usage and quite flexible
- WordPress is good for beginners as it is user-friendly
- WordPress has themes with different niches
- WordPress adds new website functionality via plugins
WordPress is the best agent in helping you out with any question of how to build a real estate website.
What type of real estate website you can create with WordPress?
To choose a hosting service, install WordPress and pick up a real estate theme to create your own real estate website.
WordPress allows you to create:
Real estate directory website
It is the type of website, where users submit property listings under different property categories. So, the site will be like a catalog with all the relevant information. And, this information will be in specific categories.
Single property website
On this kind of website, users will see one property with a description of its features, location, and numerous images. So, mainly, all the information relevant to one home will be available in detail. This makes the sales process simpler as every corner is pictured and described.
It is a simple website introducing a real estate agency, its job, values, services, and more. This type of website will allow users to get realtor services all in one place and receive extensive consultations as well as outings to see the property themselves.
Rental property website
It is a directory website with a listing for rental properties. So, the website proposes a list of homes available for long or short-term rent. These may be listed according to your space, location, and budget needs.
The real estate theme called HomeQuest can make WordPress install a functional real estate website. The benefit is in no coding, no features planning, and no long hours of designing.
It is easy and pretty quick to install. The uploaded theme should be activated. Don’t forget to install the sample data.
Sample data is something you obtain in a premium plan you buy. Also, we call it the example data. It exists in a data file in XML format. You need to import that file manually. But HomeQuest can do it automatically. To make it happen, press the blue button and insert it into your website.
What do you get instead? A full website with example listings, widgets, different sidebars, and even more. Isn’t it better to start like that?
Main key features which a real estate website should have
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Real estate is an industry that requires availability and clearly put information. For this reason, there are features that should be definitely present in a web app.
Registration is much needed to create a user account and set up all the relevant personal information. Having the type of info on your website allows both to track potential customers and find relevant results based on the information filled.
To allow visitors to post their property listings, it is vital to create a front-end form. Usually, admins are able to create property listings using backend functionality. But that’s their part and it requires coding. Visitors, or website registered users, who want to contribute to the site and fill in some property information, should have a special form to do so. And it has to be functional and super easy.
One of the possible ways to monetize your website is to make subscription packages and set a price for them. For example, packages with a limited number of property listings, listings according to categories, etc. this way users will be able to choose a package per their needs and list properties based on the chosen package.
The submission form for property listings
If you will install the HomeQuest WordPress template, you will be able to give a listing form for property owners automatically. Because it has this option up its sleeve. But, what if you haven’t installed it? Then you will have to create the front-end form manually.
Property listings should be accompanied by property management possibilities for users. Why? Because it is convenient for users to have an account and manage listings through it. It allows editing information users might need to add or delete.
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To be able to make payment with the help of your website, the system has to include payment processing. Perhaps, a payment submission form will be enough. But for the advanced payment options, think about online payments with a debit or credit card, using QR codes, etc. This would ease up this process for your end-users and make them stay with you for this pleasant advantage.
Creating the categories and filters for a property
This is one of the most important features a website should have. If your property listings are endless, then any user would not meet his/her search needs. Especially, scrolling through numbers of houses chaotically. So, it is best to allow users to view their interests according to categories and filter their needs to receive a matching result. It’s quick and satisfying. Especially, if you can find something you need in several minutes.
Another way to monetize your website and gain a more loyal audience is to make a members-only feature. For instance, visitors can see a catalog with property listings, but the disclosure of the contact information about the owner can be visible only to members. Set a common membership price.
There are a lot more options to cover, but these are the most common today.
What are the additional properties to your estate website?
The more functional key features you add the better. But, don’t overdo it. You can also ask your users about the features they would like to have. Among the additional ones there might be:
Create property categories
A directory can be structured and organized with the help of categorization. So, properties should be placed under the relevant categories. These might be apartments for rental in condos, bungalows, private little households, rowhouses, offices, penthouses, etc. Every category can have numerous listings under it. So, while categorizing, you get to do the parent and child branches.
It’s a real estate website and adding new properties here is essential. The market is changing, some properties are sold, rented, in a lease, etc. And, the new property becomes available. So, it is important not to fall behind and add properties to your site. You can always do that with the help of WordPress. And, fill in the add property form. The form usually requires to:
- select property category
- choose property images
- provide property description
- set the price/availability status
- fill in property details
Change, add, alter, do anything you like with the help of custom field settings. For example, you can add a field with the nearest locations of the property. Or the infrastructure, etc.
How to create your own design for a real estate website?
HomeQuest allows easy and quick customization. Look it up in the documentation. But, how to create your own design for a real estate website? Your authentic design needs extra work. A complete webpage should be relevant to real estate, be attractive to the end-users, simple to navigate, and have a friendly UI. To make it possible, you should
Set the logo and site title
To make the website unique among its competitors, you should have your own logo and site title. This is the first thing to upload when you start customizing your site with HomeQuest.
The color palette of your site, different background images are up to you to choose. Think, what would work best for your site. Maybe, ask a designer to help you out. The only thing you should remember is to stay consistent and match the colors harmoniously. A design that is too harsh, vague, irrelevant, or non-attractive will never catch user attention and will irritate users.
Add pages and menu
Use WordPress to set up as many pages as you need. This is important to make your site functional and informative. Different pages will allow users to go to different categories through the link placed in the menu.
Set up page elements and sidebars
If you think some elements would suit better if they were placed in the other way – change the position of these elements. It is simple to do. HomwQuest has widgets all over the template. And, you can easily move those widgets per your need. Drag and drop the widget where you like it to be and configure it.
How to earn additional costs via displaying advertisements on a real estate website?
Display third-party ads
The best ideas by so far are to receive revenue via advertising others on your website. Put a price tag on the number of ads you are ready to display on various pages of your web app. The third-party owner of a business or service can give you an HTML code with videos, images, or textual messages to transmit the important content to your website visitors. The ads go in a form of a banner.
Display ads about user properties
Also, it would be nice to display the properties of the others on your website. This would be an ad. But with the help of this ad you will show your clients that there are other properties, maybe single property sites that are worth looking at. They will receive user views (or maybe even have deals) and you will receive a monetary benefit. Why not?
A more sophisticated way to receive revenue is to make subscription packages. Here, the cheap package can give users limited website functionality. And the most expensive one can open up all the “doors” for users. Why is it ok to monetize subscriptions? It is great in numerous ways. First, you get to see user statistics. Second, you can track and analyze user preferences. Third, you will differentiate yourself among competitors. And the list is endless.
Our experience as a real estate software developer
Inoxoft is a real estate development company that knows how to make a real estate website. Besides web services, we also know how to develop the app for both iPhone and Android platforms. Among our specific services, we offer SaaS application development. Find more about the top SaaS providers in the USA!
At Inoxoft we always provide custom-made solutions for real estate enterprises. We build advanced real estate apps, web platforms, and smart MLS.
Get in touch with our experienced engineers to receive
- a flexible cooperation model
- effective communication with the team
- a dedicated team of software developers
- high-quality services and the final product
- usable, reliable, and performative architecture
- automation in processes, backup, and security
- data safety and clear code
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The article enumerated 8 rules of how to create a real estate website. And, what it takes to create a unique real estate website design. These rules are the basic steps you need to know to obtain an excellent website with minimum time and effort spent on creating it.
You can either build a real estate website on your own. Or, outsource your real estate website development to the experts in the field.