30 Beautiful Real Estate Websites

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Real estate is a valuable and often expensive purchase. Copious research is done by home buyers before venturing out to acquire real estate. In this day and age, gathering information about a property is typically done online, and an effective and captivating website design can make or break a home sale.

In this showcase, we’ll explore some great designs of real estate websites. We’ll also discuss some commonalities between them to tease out current trends in real estate websites.

Trends In Real Estate Websites

1. Traditional/Sophisticated Themes Versus Modern/Contemporary Themes

Property realtors want to convey the message that they’re reliable and well-established. They want home buyers to feel that they will be purchasing property from a company that’s dependable, steadfast and time-tested. That’s why most of them opt for a classic and sophisticated theme for their websites, rather than a sleek, modern theme.

Stone Coast Properties1

monicaruggieri.com2

2. Image-Heavy Designs

Home buyers want to see what they’re potentially buying without having to take the time to travel to a property. Real estate websites typically contain a lot of images for this very purpose.

Coconutgrove3

3. Photo Galleries

Again, photo galleries allow website visitors to see what properties look like without having to leave their computer. That is why you’ll often find image galleries that feature properties that realtors currently have available.

www.realtor.com4

weinsteinproperties.com5

4. Property Locator Feature

Many real estate websites provide a property locator feature for home buyers to find properties for sale in areas they are interested in.

http://www.remax.com/6

Real estate property locator features are usually a Web form with various input fields — such as property type, property features, price range, zip code, etc. — so that you can easily narrow down your search to the exact type of property you’re looking for.

http://www.destin-florida-real-estate.com/7

Many realtors use a third-party service or application (such as Google Maps8) to enable this feature on their websites.

http://www.prudentialct.com/map_listings.aspx?displ=map&state=CT9

Showcase

Ranchline10
Ranchline is an excellent example of a real estate website that embodies the trends discussed above: clean and sophisticated design, image-heavy and graphic-centric, with a property search feature conveniently located in the left-hand column.

Ranchline11

Cantera Real Estate12
Cantera Real Estate has a clean, captivating traditional design and presents a housing locator to visitors in the top half of the home page.

Cantera Real Estate13

Naples Real Estate14
Naples Real Estate features a property for sale on the home page to highlight a piece of real estate that they’re currently promoting.

Naples Real Estate15

MacAllan Ridge16
MacAllan Ridge’s beautiful design uses an illustrated background as its defining feature.

MacAllan Ridge17

Broadview Homes18
Broadview Homes ventures out of the box with a dark and very modern theme.

Broadview Homes19

Hillwood Residential20
Hillwood Residential uses family photos in frames to give off a feeling of traditionalism and family values.

Hillwood Residential21

Riverside View22
Riverside View uses a light-blue color palette that evokes a feeling of modernity coupled with sophistication.

Riverside View23

Under the Roman Sun24
Under the Roman Sun captivates viewers with its large beautiful images of Rome in the top half of the home page.

Under the roman sun25

Monica Ruggieri Real Estate26
Monica Ruggieri’s design is a great example of using classic and sophisticated themes on a real estate website.

Monica Ruggieri Real Estate27

Lanikai Properties28
Lanikai Properties uses a bold and colorful theme to portray the nature of its properties in Hawaii.

Lanikai Properties29

Stone Coast Properties30
Stone Coast Properties has a dark background with classic and vintage design elements.

Stone Coast31

Signature Properties32
Signature Properties has a clean and sophisticated design.

Signature Properties33

The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock34
On the home page of The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock, you’ll see an image-heavy, Flash-based slideshow.

The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock35

Coldwell Banker Real Estate36
This well-established real estate agency, Coldwell Banker, has a clean Web form at the center of its design.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate37

Belvedere Inc.38
Belvedere Inc. uses a dark-brown textured page background and green leaf elements to evoke a feeling of nature and environmental friendliness.

Belvedere Inc39

Woolshed Grove40
Woolshed Grove has images of families in the header.

Woolshed Grove41

Bluegrass Commons42
Bluegrass Commons captures the viewer’s attention with the promise that, “This is the one.”

Bluegrass Commons43

The Real Estate Concierge44
The Real Estate Concierge’s website has a dark theme to create a sense of sophistication and affluence.

The Real Estate Concierge45

Marin Real Estate46
Marin Real Estate relies on the slideshow on its home page to captivate viewers.

Marin Real Estate47

Bellingham Real Estate48
Bellingham Real Estate has an engaging image of a mountain range in the header section.

Bellingham Real Estate49

San Clemente Real Estate50
“Clean” best describes the design of the San Clemente Real Estate website.

San Clemente Real Estate51

BATICO52
BATICO has a dark theme and image-heavy home page.

BATICO53

Oypro54
Oypro, which deals with commercial real estate, has a very clean design.

Oypro55

Travis Marshall Realtor56
Travis Marshall has a clean and sophisticated Web design.

Travis Marshall Realtor57

REALTOR.com58
REALTOR.com focuses on the content by using light, unobtrusive colors in its website design.

REALTOR.com59

Best Plots60
Best Plots couples a dark theme with a clean and uncluttered design.

Best Plots61

Mike Gagne Realtor Services62
Mike Gagne includes a photo of himself to create a personal, rather than corporate, touch for his website.

Mike Gagne Realtor Services63

Kensington Lakes64
Kensington Lakes’ dark-themed design makes the images really pop out.

Kensington Lakes65

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.stonecoastproperties.com/
  2. 2 http://monicaruggieri.com/
  3. 3 http://www.coconutgroveportdouglas.com.au/
  4. 4 http://www.realtor.com/
  5. 5 http://weinsteinproperties.com/
  6. 6 http://www.remax.com/
  7. 7 http://www.destin-florida-real-estate.com/
  8. 8 http://code.google.com/apis/maps/
  9. 9 http://www.prudentialct.com/map_listings.aspx?displ=map&state=CT
  10. 10 http://www.ranchline.com/
  11. 11 http://www.ranchline.com/
  12. 12 http://www.austinrealestate.com/
  13. 13 http://www.austinrealestate.com/
  14. 14 http://www.previewnaples.com/
  15. 15 http://www.previewnaples.com/
  16. 16 http://macallanridge.com/
  17. 17 http://macallanridge.com/
  18. 18 http://www.broadviewhomes.com/
  19. 19 http://www.broadviewhomes.com/
  20. 20 http://www.hillwoodresidential.com/
  21. 21 http://www.hillwoodresidential.com/
  22. 22 http://www.riversideview.co.uk/
  23. 23 http://www.riversideview.co.uk/
  24. 24 http://www.undertheromansun.com/
  25. 25 http://www.undertheromansun.com/
  26. 26 http://monicaruggieri.com/
  27. 27 http://monicaruggieri.com/
  28. 28 http://www.lanikaiproperties.com/
  29. 29 http://www.lanikaiproperties.com/
  30. 30 http://www.stonecoastproperties.com/
  31. 31 http://www.stonecoastproperties.com/
  32. 32 http://www.signatureproperties2.com/
  33. 33 http://www.signatureproperties2.com/
  34. 34 http://www.meadowscastlerock.com/
  35. 35 http://www.meadowscastlerock.com/
  36. 36 http://www.coldwellbanker.com/
  37. 37 http://www.coldwellbanker.com/
  38. 38 http://belvedereinc.net/
  39. 39 http://belvedereinc.net/
  40. 40 http://www.woolshedgrove.com.au/
  41. 41 http://www.woolshedgrove.com.au/
  42. 42 http://bluegrasscommons.net/
  43. 43 http://bluegrasscommons.net/
  44. 44 http://www.therealestateconciergellc.com/
  45. 45 http://www.therealestateconciergellc.com/
  46. 46 http://www.marinmodern.com/
  47. 47 http://www.marinmodern.com/
  48. 48 http://www.bellingham-realestate.net/
  49. 49 http://www.bellingham-realestate.net/
  50. 50 http://www.hartanovteam.com/
  51. 51 http://www.hartanovteam.com/
  52. 52 http://www.batico.be/
  53. 53 http://www.batico.be/
  54. 54 http://www.oypro.com/
  55. 55 http://www.oypro.com/
  56. 56 http://travismarshall.com/
  57. 57 http://travismarshall.com/
  58. 58 http://www.realtor.com/
  59. 59 http://www.realtor.com/
  60. 60 http://www.advice-landforsale.co.uk/
  61. 61 http://www.advice-landforsale.co.uk/
  62. 62 http://mike-gagne.com/
  63. 63 http://mike-gagne.com/
  64. 64 http://www.kensingtonlakes.com.au/residential-airpark/
  65. 65 http://www.kensingtonlakes.com.au/residential-airpark/

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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

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  1. 1

    Abdullah Al Mamun

    March 23, 2010 12:50 pm

    Nice list. Thanks

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  2. 52

    i like all this comments

    Regards

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  3. 103

    This company does very nice custom layouts ! galtlinedesign.com

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  4. 154

    great set of websites…very inspirational! As a Realtor in Tampa FL – these provide good ideas.

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  5. 205

    Nice collection..thanks!

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  6. 256

    Hi, does anyone know whether wix.com is an adequate tool for building a real-estate website ?
    The company that needs the site, typically offers around 40 homes for sale, and expects to do updates twice a week.
    And if not, any suggestions of what to use ?
    Thanks much for your input,
    L.

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  7. 307

    Hi..
    Wonderful Themes.. mind blowing….where did you collect from..
    Anyways.. you must be appreciated for this collection

    Regards,

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  8. 358

    I am working with galtlinedesign.com these guys rock. Full Custom site, indexable props, every feature you need plus its built on open source. Ill post site later once it complete.

    -6
  9. 409

    Many sites give you a little sprinkling of what you search for, or anything of value to glean, expand your own personal thinking on a subject. I leave your site with a greater sense of the next evolution real estate site I’m slowly building by handing, doing the heavy lifting on using the joomla platform. Have a wordpress stand alone blog but still fence strattling on why not implement that familiar direction and scrap the 3 joomla books, Joomla site between my ears.

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  10. 460

    Good review for internationals on the buying process in Portugal. Virtually no graphics, rather flat and boring.

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  11. 511

    Wow, just looked at the designer of the site above and she does some Amazing work. Thought I would share with you.

    Jackson Taylor Web Design

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  12. 562

    I could certainly drop a few names of people that are happy to rip off your designs and sell them to someone else. They are included in this list of so called fab designers.

    I never knew that Hartnov’s design was modeled after http://www.2advanced.com/ design for Hawaii. I LOVE THESE GUYS (www.2Advanced). They are light years ahead of the competition and sorry to see that the Hawaii site was clearly used in the concept. http://www.hawaiirealtyinternational.com

    You will always be able to watch the trends of a particular design company and creativity or lack of. It takes a village to create some of these masterpieces and it’s sad when someone rips you off. BUT, the never ending creative ones, like 2Advanced will also call their own space and be leaders.

    Cherie Young

    -6
  13. 613

    Really good showcase,Thanks for sharing it.I recently visited a site called housingnepal.com in Nepal, it has good design and excellent user friendliness

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  14. 664

    Being an agent for 4 years and an investor for longer I would say all the sites are not providing the value I want out of a real estate site. I can say to you, that my site sucks horribly, yet I still update it and try to provide as much value as possible.

    With respect to the individuals that are asking for change, you need to ask yourself “why do these sites lack value?”. Fundamentally, real estate is about lifestyle and not the guts of your home. Someone said above 3bed/2bath…..south facing, 42′ maple cabinets, brazilian cherry wood flooring, granite counter-tops, ss appliances etc… The list goes on and on of standards depending on the part of the country you live in.

    If you were to develop a proprietary system of searching based on your lifestyle along with a CPI model that can define the life “I” want to live, along with where I should be living = big money. You can have it hyper local or national based because the same principles apply. “I am looking for schooling for my children, within 1 mile to a Train station, near a skate park, access to a major highway, parking garages, parks, South facing unit, taxes under X, Lot size X etc…” You would have your innovation. You can actually auto populate most of this information from you local govt or 3rd party apps and then your search becomes more user based and you put back the control into the buyer.

    I feel the agent is pointless, being one I should not be saying this, but book your own appts and don’t listen to a thing a Listing agent is telling you because you have to first decide where you want to live your life and then just pick out the box and if you don’t like the kitchen, give ’em 25k less and call it a day or move on. You don’t make money buying your own home. National averages of home ownership have historically been 64% until 2000 and somehow they shot up to the lower 70’s. This will correct itself out and the rules of the game have changed completely to a big Unkown. I can tell you that FMV of a property is what someone is willing to pay. Sorry, you bought for x, but what were the forces that made you pay, Greed, Lack of Information, Plain Stupidity, Untrustworthy sales people. Think about it. It all starts with a lifestyle you want to live and then from there it’s a box you sleep in and raise your kids in.

    Agents, get risky and try to innovate. I tried building the site I was just speaking of and found out it would cost me an arm and a leg, so I didn’t do it. I did build a full wire frame etc… and then found out that I don’t know anyone under the age of 14 that knows how to code or a family member who has any idea with coding is. Anyway, sorry for the grammar, but I thought this was something that someone could run with if you know what your actually doing. I would be willing to give you everything because after getting older you have to realize R.O.T. and I’m not looking to spend 90 hours a week anymore. Sorry for the poor grammar, but I thought people needed to see some idea of what a change would look like…..Also, newbie webmasters, do some old school seo and do a link exchange or something. I went to a ton of the sites and they were garbage. Unfortunately, most RE sites are trash and you have little to work with. Sorry for poor the poor grammar.

    John

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  15. 715

    There are many nice websites displayed here. I think many real estate agents can benefit by integrating social media on their websites. It’s a great way to easily distribute and share their content and listings, among many other benefits.

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  16. 766

    Really good site!! Thanks for sharing it.

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  17. 817

    Great collection of websites. Very inspirational and provides much food for thought!

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  18. 868

    nice list..very inspiring..

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  19. 919

    Never seen so much beautiful templates together!

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