7 Real Estate Website Essentials

Every real estate agent or realtor needs to tap every possible avenue for more sales. Advertisements on television, newspapers are out of the reach of most real estate agents. In this scenario, the only level playing field that remains is the INTERNET. A Real Estate Website Design can not only advertise a real estate agent’s services but also showcase the properties and even give a real estate agent exposure to million of customers all over the world at a fraction of cost. To sweeten the deal, the marketing efforts on internet are much more lasting then other traditional mediums.Ideally, a website developed by a professional Real Estate website design company will have these following features. These are not only desired but absolutely required to distinguish itself from the clutter of other thousands of Real Estate websites.1) Nice, clean Design: A Real Estate website should a clean design and easy to use navigation so as to ensure that a site visitor finds the required information with minimum of clicks. The information should be presented quickly. Many sites have great animation and flash which do nothing to enlighten a visitor but only succeed in driving away a potential customer because they take forever to download. So the golden rule is to keep it SIMPLE.2) Search Engine friendly: Search Engines like Google, Yahoo etc. are becoming the biggest sources of traffic. To ignore them will be downright suicidal for any real estate agent. A site needs to be search Engine friendly. All the titles, keywords, content has to be properly chosen so as to make the site as informative to a search engine as possible.3) Real Estate Listings: A Real Estate website without property listings is a like a glorified business card. It does very little to educate, inform and serve a visitor. An easy to search listings will not only attract a visitor but also increase the stickiness of the site. A visitor will stay longer and explore the site. An easy control panel for the site administrator to add, edit and delete listings should also be provided.4) Image/Video Gallery: In this age of Utube, one cannot take videos lightly. A virtual video tour can showcase a property to a potential client located across the globe. A virtual tour indicates how professional a real estate agent is and how much homework he has done for the property.5) Content Management system: A content management system (CMS) is essential for a real estate website. A real estate agent may need to change the content of website. Pages may have to be edited or added immediately. In this scenario, it’s imperative that a simple and powerful CMS be provided.6) Contact management: Contacts are the cornerstone of any sales. People visiting a real Estate website should be able to contact the real estate agent through contact form. A proper feedback form should also be provided so that site visitors can submit their feedback. A proper response strategy and contact management should be put in place so that no query goes unanswered. It also helps if newsletters are also provided. It’s a very important tool to keep in touch with a site visitor. A monthly newsletter with new listings and helpful material goes a long way in establishing ever lasting business relations.7) Internet Marketing: Now, that your real estate website is ready and uploaded, it needs to be get seen. There are 1000s of real estate websites. The only way to rise above the heap will be carefully thought of and planned internet marketing. Internet Marketing can be in form of pay per clicks, banners or organic. While pay per click and banners have shown their effectiveness, the longest running, cost effective and natural marketing strategy is search Engine Optimization and link building. Another way to build brand and get traffic is to use socials, blogs etc. to reach a still wider medium apart from just search engines.So before choosing a Web Design Company for your real estate website, remember to check if the company provides the above mentioned features. A bit of your own research and time will ensure that your money is well spent.Enovabiz Solutions

How to Buy A Home When You Don’t Have Any Money

Housing AssociationsShared ownership is a good way of getting on the road to owning your own home and you can do it through a local housing association. The housing association buys the property outright then you buy a share of a property off them (with a mortgage) and you pay a small rent on the rest. You can then go on to buy further shares, and eventually own the property outright later on.There are usually long waiting lists for these schemes and they usually operate on a kind of points system where the longer you’ve been on the list the more points you have. You also get extra points in some areas if you’re a ‘key worker’ or if you have children or currently live in a home that is obviously bad for your health.To find out about buying a home in stages from a housing association contact the Housing Corporation office covering your area. They’ll send you a list of registered social landlords (RSLs) operating these schemes in your neighbourhood.Ex-council properties (Right to Buy schemes)If you are lucky enough to get a council property you may have the right to buy it although you do have to be careful. Some council properties – particularly those in large, poorly-maintained blocks, may be very difficult to re-sell and won’t hold their value. People who have been living in the property for a long time (at least 15 years tenancy) may be eligible for substantial discounts of up to 70% of the value so it may prove worthwhile. You might find it hard getting a mortgage on certain properties, so be warned.The Starter Home InitiativeIf you are a key worker, like a nurse, police officer or teacher, you could get on the Starter Home Initiative. The program was created to help people doing ‘key’ jobs, like people in healthcare and education, to buy homes in expensive areas, and has been very useful for those who qualified for help. There are various ways in which this scheme helps key workers. Have a look at the Government website where you can find a fact sheet on the scheme and contact details for your area.AuctionsAt auctions they have hard-to-sell properties at lower prices. If you know what you’re doing (and particularly if you’re good at building) you can pick up a real bargain here. But there are pitfalls:
Getting a mortgage for a run down place will be difficult so be ready to pay cash for it upfront.
For other properties you need to have at least a 10% deposit ready to put down on auction day. The rest has to be paid within 28 days so you will be best off having a mortgage sorted out beforehand.
You should get the property inspected before you bid on it, which could set you back a bit.
It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of the auction and you may end up bidding for the wrong property.
You could end up with a complete lemon.Buying with a lover or friendTwo wages are better than one, especially if you’re looking to get a fairly large mortgage, but as the old saying goes, money matters with a friend or lover always leads to problems. You need to know you can stand living with them day in, day out, but even if they’re wonderful, you should get things ironed out by a legal expert to protect you both. Several lenders now offer mortgages for pairs or groups of friends to buy a property together, but make sure that you have water-tight contracts between you about how the property would be divided up if one or all of you wants to sell some time down the line.¬†Self-buildOver 25,000 people build their own home each year. It may seem a bit extreme, especially if you have little experience in this field, but you don’t have to be a builder yourself, just be willing to look for land, bring in an architect and have the patience to project-manage the works while the house is being built (probably 12-18 months).There are more and more mortgages on the market for self-build schemes and many will lend up to 95% of the cost of doing the building. A well-run self build project should see the final value of the home increase by 20-30% on the actual building and land costs once it is finished. So, if you’re prepared to wait and do the work, you can make some sensible money on it.