Real estate property locator tools

16 Aug 2010 - 1:34am
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Neil Simpson
2009


Hello everyone,

I've been looking around for some fresh approaches to real estate property locator tools.

One that stood out on smashing magazine was www.blueroof.com for it's left-hand tabbed tool.
(http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/23/30-beautiful-real-estate-websites/).

I'd like to hear if anyone has any favourite real estate property sites and if so why?

Apologies if something similar has been posted here before.

Neil

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16 Aug 2010 - 6:05am
Benjamin Barnett
2009

Http://BRTweb.phila.gov

On Aug 16, 2010, at 5:18 AM, Neil Simpson
wrote:

> Hello everyone, > > I've been looking around for some fresh approaches to real estate
> property locator tools. > > One that stood out on smashing magazine was www.blueroof.com for
> it's left-hand tabbed tool. > (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/23/30-beautiful-real-estate-websites/ > ). > > I'd like to hear if anyone has any favourite real estate property
> sites and if so why? > > Apologies if something similar has been posted here before. > > Neil > >

16 Aug 2010 - 8:05am
jenine
2008

oldie but goodie- http://www.trulia.com/

thanks for the list of the 30, its nice to see how functionality and elegance come together on some of those sites.

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM, Benjamin Barnett wrote: > Http://BRTweb.phila.gov > > On Aug 16, 2010, at 5:18 AM, Neil Simpson > wrote: > >> Hello everyone, >> >> I've been looking around for some fresh approaches to real estate >> property locator tools. >> >> One that stood out on smashing magazine was www.blueroof.com for >> it's left-hand tabbed tool. >> >> (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/23/30-beautiful-real-estate-websites/ >> ). >> >> I'd like to hear if anyone has any favourite real estate property >> sites and if so why? >> >> Apologies if something similar has been posted here before. >> >> Neil >> >> > >

16 Aug 2010 - 6:40am
Paul Bryan
2008

I like Trulia: http://www.trulia.com

It's got a broad range of category-specific filters, sort by attributes such as % reduction, gives a complete price history on each house, shows properties for sale and recently sold with similar attributes in the area. Data format is exceptionally easy to scan. Signing up to save properties is easy. My only complaint is I had trouble in Florida a couple of weeks ago searching for houses within specific neighborhoods within a zip code; could be an Ipad issue, haven't retried on my regular computer yet.

Paul Bryan

Blog: http://www.virtualfloorspace.com

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/uxexperts

 

16 Aug 2010 - 8:24am
Dave Malouf
2005
Zillow.com
16 Aug 2010 - 9:05pm
willdonovan
2009

I'd like to add a site very regularly used in Australia:http://www.realestate.com.au/buy
To a lot of people (including my wife and many of her friends) this web site is almost like a religion.
They have recently gone through a redesign and implemented a new interaction model which has a more flexible flow for a users information gathering / search patterns.


William Donovan




On 17 August 2010 03:33, Dave Malouf <dave.ixd@gmail.com> wrote:

Zillow.com

16 Aug 2010 - 8:07pm
Mathew Sanders
2009

Hi Neil, 

I did conceptual work for a refresh of the Harcourts website, which is a large real estate agency here in New Zealand (see: http://www.harcourts.co.nz/Property/Residential). 

Some things that came out of research that I thought were interesting were these snippets:

Buying into a neighbourhood 
When people buy/rent a home they're also buying into the neighbourhood so they do quite a lot of research about where they will be living. We were thinking it would be great to give more visibility of the neighbourhood. Pulling through images taken in that area and business listings for cafes etc are great but what I really liked was the shoe index on cityhobo.com that suggested neighbourhoods by the type of shoes you like to wear. Sounds gimmicky but I think it's a great idea http://www.cityhobo.com/shoe-index/shoe-index

Floor plans
Photos of a house are essential, but if it's possible a floor plan is like a blank canvas that can help people really start to imagine their own life rather than removing the furniture chattels etc that show in a photo. 

Search Engine Optimisation 
There is quite a lot of competition in New Zealand with real estate agents so we looked at creating a site structure and screens that would help support a SEO strategy

Hope there are some nuggets there that you can take away!

17 Aug 2010 - 12:10am
laughingmind
2010

Personally, I love http://www.allhomes.com.au for its simplicity, depth of information available and price history capability to see price trajectories for areas.

I'd be interested to hear others impressions of it also..

<listening>

 

 

17 Aug 2010 - 2:03am
Sean Pook
2008

The big aggregator that most people use in the UK is

www.rightmove.co.uk

Estate agents pay thousands to use this site as they will not get to list most buyer's properties unless they already list here. Rightmove has realtors over a barrel with no way out. Is there something similar in the US? Ok so my question is more business related than design....whoops... Cool

17 Aug 2010 - 9:52am
Chris Collingridge
2007

You're absolutely right about rightmove.co.uk. Essentially, although there are lots of property-locating websites, there really is only 1 - Rightmove.

And the reason, as Sean says, is all about business - their killer app is that they have ALL the houses. Until someone else can compete with that, it doesn't matter how great their site is in other ways.

Having said that, they've gradually added lots of pretty nice stuff

- many photos (this is pretty obvious, but very important)

- floor plans

- a good faceted search

- search on a map

...and just recently, you can search by drawing and area on a map by hand, which is really good...

18 Aug 2010 - 10:06am
Jeff Van Campen
2008

http://mapumental.channel4.com/
It allows you to narrow down an area of London in which to buy a house based on your postcode at work, how long you're willing to travel, the maximum you're willing to spend on a house and "scenicness."
It's currently in private beta, so you'll have to submit your email address and wait a bit, but it's well worth the wait if you're looking for inspiration.
-jeff

On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Sean Pook <sean@ic-creative.co.uk> wrote:

The big aggregator that most people use in the UK is

www.rightmove.co.uk [1]

Estate agents pay thousands to use this site as they will not get to list most buyer's properties unless they already list here. Rightmove has realtors over a barrel with no way out. Is there something similar in the US? Ok so my question is more business related than design....whoops...

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