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10 Best Real Estate Website Design Companies (150+ Research Hours)

An Intro Actually Worth Reading

I’ve worked for, competed against, or founded the companies that design many of the best real estate websites on earth.

I also believe in radical transparency. Real estate website design companies excel differently. Agents and brokers have very different needs. Based on your specific situation, I may strongly recommend that you choose a different service than my own real estate website design and lead generation company, InboundREM.

For proof, check out the Google Reviews on the sidebar. I regularly recommend that potential clients wait a few years or go with a different company.

 

How to Choose the Best Real Estate Website Design Company

The perfect choice starts with aligning your goals with the right services and expertise. Of course, your budget is also top priority. But there are other considerations that are easy to overlook.

  1. Does a website provider have a history of sudden, unexpected price hikes?
  2. Is it difficult to switch companies?
  3. If you do switch, will you lose your entire investment?
  4. What do past customers have to say?

As you’re probably aware, negative reviews tend to be more revealing than positive ones.

This blog post truly shows you how to choose the best company to build a real estate website that best suits your needs and budget.

These reviews are up-to-date, brutally honest, radically transparent, and the culmination of 150+ hours of research. It’s designed to be the only guide to real estate website design companies you’ll ever need.

 

(Listed Alphabetically)

  1. Agent Image
  2. BoomTown
  3. Dakno
  4. Easy Agent Pro
  5. InboundREM
  6. Luxury Presence
  7. Placester
  8. Real Estate Webmasters
  9. Real Geek
  10. Sierra Interactive

 

Real Estate Website Service Updates (2021)

 

Every August, I review and publish a list of companies making the best real estate websites on earth. For 2021, Luxury Presence replaces Resi in the Top 10.

There have been many changes in price and service options from the companies. Here is a brief list of the companies that had the greatest changes. Jump to the company reviews to find out the full details.

 

  • Real Estate Webmasters – Price and technology changes
  • InboundREM – Price and technology changes
  • Easy Agent Pro – EAP was acquired at the end of 2018; client acquisition strategy changes
  • BoomTown – Adds major services and changes its pricing and service features
  • Placester – Significant pricing and design changes
  • Sierra Interactive – Price changes (both decreases and increases)

 

Real Estate Website Categories

Use the categories below chose the real estate website that suits your needs.

 

Which Type of Real Estate Website Do You Need?

 

IMPORTANT: Great real estate websites focus on a primary objective. Knowing what your main goal is when buying a website will make choosing between real estate design companies much easier.

Real estate websites fall into three broad categories. ALL real estate websites have secondary features that enhance their core offering.

 

Primary Features

  1. Lead Generation – The websites might look the same, but the companies that supply these websites design their service offering around producing leads. It’s their core purpose.
  2. Search/IDX – The primary of these companies is to offer a unique search experience. They might claim/offer lead generation, but their core competency is the actual search experience.
  3. Brand/Custom Design – The primary objective is to look different/better than your competitors. While these companies might claim excellent lead generation, their real expertise is brand-creation.

 

Secondary Features

  • CRM – Customer Record Management
  • CMS – Content Management System
  • Email Marketing – As an integrated service connected to the website
  • Lead Management – Giving you a dashboard that you or your agents can log into and manage communication with leads.
  • Landing Pages – The ability to create a special webpage that funnels leads
  • SEO – Creating high-ranking content or giving you the tools to do it yourself
  • Drip Marketing – Automated emails sent to prospects that have registered with your website

 

What are Real Estate Lead Generation Websites?

Lead generation websites focus on attracting lots of the right kind of digital traffic. They use social media, email marketing, direct advertising, and high-ranking blog articles to turn prospective clients into actual clients.

Usually, real estate website design companies make these websites with trusted, effective templates. They can then give their prospective customers lead generation estimates based on facts and research as opposed to guesses.

Each time you make a real estate web developer change design in a significant way they no longer have a fact-based experience to estimate lead generation. Small changes can occasionally result in big differences in lead generation percentages.

IMPORTANT: Many real estate website building companies (except InboundREM) don’t allow you to own your actual website.

Usually, they also use direct advertising (Except InboundREM who uses SEO and direct advertising) to generate traffic via Google Adwords, Facebook Marketing, and occasionally automated Craigslist posting.

Prices range from $500-$5,000 for setup and monthly costs between $750-$5000.

Example companies specializing in lead generation include BoomTown, Real Geeks, and InboundREM.

 

Real Estate Lead Generation Website Providers

These three companies make very different types of lead generation websites

 

What are Real Estate IDX/Search Websites?

IDX means Information Data Exchange. Any MLS that exchanges information with a real estate technology company is engaged in an Information Data Exchange.

Any company I have put into this category is there because the main selling feature of their website packages is the search experience.The secondary services they offer often include lead generation, which makes understanding the difference between real estate website providers a little difficult.

 

IDX/Search vs Lead Generation Companies

One main way to define a true lead generation company is the way that they support the website. Both InboundREM and BoomTown provide end-to-end solutions where the only task the client has to do is manage leads.

Boomtown and IREM both require some learning, but this is a managed process with resources dedicated to stepping you through the process.

ALL other providers make the client LEARN how to get leads from their website. If you fail to follow these companies’ tutorials (if there are any), they will promptly tell you the reason you’re not getting leads is your incorrect use of the website.

IMO, a true lead generation company takes all that guesswork away from the client. The only service education should be educating real estate teams on how to access and work leads.

A quick way to identify how RICH a real estate IDX website search experience is supposed to be is the price. Prices range from $0-5000 for setup and monthly costs of$56-1000.

 

 

Real Estate IDX Driven Website Providers

All of these website providers focus on fast friendly search experiences.

 

What are Custom Real Estate Websites?

Custom designs are great when creating a unique brand is central to your real estate business goals. Luxury real estate agents are the #1 consumers of this kind of real estate website.

Custom design projects tend to be very difficult because they require a lot of detail. 80% of the time, you aren’t capable of giving the technical/design specifications for website-building companies to pull off these projects without a lot of redos.

ALL the companies listed in this category tend to customize PART of a website (like the home page). They leave the rest of the webpages pre-designed.

Fully-customized sites (designing every page to your specifications) START at $10,000.

Note: Very few teams or agents see an ROI unless the site (re)design is done alongside an expert SEO/UX specialist AND an aggressive SEO campaign.

 

 

These companies make custom real estate websites

These three companies can make a 100% custom real estate website.

 

Best Real Estate Website Builders (100% Honest Reviews)

 

1. Agent Image (Semi-Custom Real Estate Websites)

🥇 Best Custom Real Estate Website Design Company

 

Agent Image Infographic with website pricing and reviews rating

Agent Image Updates (2021)

In 2019, Agent Image raised its hosting service pricing to $99 (from $79) for new customers.

Web hosting is the digital filing cabinet that stores your website. It determines your website speed, which also influences how highly you rank on Google.

I am not familiar with all of Agent Image’s hosting protocols. However, I can say historically they’ve made a lot of mistakes in this area. They may have raised their base prices by a couple of hundred dollars.

I originally reported an increase in hosting costs without notification to their client base. I had two separate existing clients call me and report the increase without notification.

In May 2020, Jon Krabbe the CFO and a long-time business associate asked me to clarify this post, saying they HAD sent out an email to their clients 30-60 days prior to the increase.

All of the company officers updated their LinkedIn profiles over the last year. I haven’t met with them personally recently, but it appears that:

  • Jon still manages finances
  • Tiger checks-in on operations or combines the operations of his startup August 99 with Agent Image and manages both simultaneously
  • Luigi is probably running his online magazine and maybe surfing every so often

Recent Agent Image Reviews

Agent Image has focused heavily on its Google Reviews in the last two years. Since then, they added 452 reviews, mostly 4.9 stars and above.

On the other side of the coin, they had quite a few additions on Yelp, almost 50% of which were extremely negative. In addition, the significantly negative Trulia thread continues to grow.

In other words, I believe they’ve been ASKING for Google Reviews from anyone that had a positive experience.

For whatever reason, in terms of leaving unasked-for reviews, Yelp is still one of the top platforms. In other words, Yelp tends to provide the most accurate reflection of customer satisfaction.

AI produces a website you own with no integrated CRM. They are a branding website developer for realtors and agents with mediocre lead generation solutions.

Website Examples

Agent Image Pricing

NOTE: The reason for the price ranges is Agent Image has “back-pocket” discounts. Their salespeople can offer the promotional price if they feel a client needs a little more incentive to purchase. Some salespeople simply quote the lowest possible price when you call.

 

  • Agent Pro (WordPress real estate template website) – $1500-1800
  • Semi-Custom (WordPress real estate website with a customized homepage) – $2500-3000
  • Imagine Studio (WordPress website with customized homepage and interior page layout) – $5500-8500
  • Custom Websites are $10-100k
  • Monthly hosting rose to $99 per month in 2019

 

Agent Image Reviews

 

Leadership and Company Summary

DISCLOSURE: I worked for Agent Image from 2007-2010.

Agent Image has been making custom real estate websites since 2000. They have produced over 18,000 live websites which makes them the #1 custom real estate website company by a long margin.

Agent Image was founded 17 years ago as a division of The Design People to focus exclusively on Real Estate. The founders are:

These three established The Design People out of an apartment nearly two decades ago. Originally from the Philippines, Tiger saw an opportunity to get high-quality design work done at a fraction of US prices. He moved back to Manila to open up the design and operations side of the business.

Jon and Luigi stayed in the US to manage sales. This is how Agent Image operates today, along with:

 

Website and Service Description

Detailed Agent Image Website “Build Information”

Unlike most of its competitors, Agent Image does allow its customers ownership of their websites. However, they do not allow unauthorized WordPress plugins. If you have some experience with websites, this can be frustrating.

 

Design Options

Agent Image has three website design options (with a possible “hidden” fourth option).

  • Template: Choose from a predetermined selection of designs that you cannot alter much ($1500-$2000)
  • Semi-Custom: Create a custom homepage, and the rest of the website is a template ($2500-$3500)
  • Imagine Studios: A hybrid between full custom and Semi-Custom ($5000-$8500)
  • Full Custom: All elements of a website design customized and potentially custom functionality as well ($10,000 – $100,000)
  • Two options for IDX: Home Finder OR IDX Broker. The costs are comparable ($36-56 per month), but IDX broker is the much better choice.

Agent Image DOES NOT set up your search tools (IDX) for conversion. You will have to ask them to do it, and all they will do is activate a predetermined setting which usually produces mediocre results.

 

Lead Conversion

No one is truly trained in real estate website lead conversion, although a couple of salespeople in the U.S. talk a good game.

If you purchase an Agent Image website, go to YouTube and research lead conversion settings for the IDX provider you chose. Here is a video tutorial that I did in 2010 for IDX Broker. It’s still viable today and should increase conversion considerably.

Agent Image ALSO has marketing options for both Direct Advertising (Google Adwords + Facebook marketing) and Search Engine Optimization.

In 2011, the part of Agent Image that focused on marketing was purchased by the CEO at the time. The division and its employees left.

Since then, Agent Image does marketing out of the Philippines. I cannot speak to the direct advertising packages, but I am 100% sure their SEO packages are years out of date.

Any readers that have Agent Image websites or purchased marketing in the last 3-4 years can set an appointment with me, and I’ll show you what a successful SEO strategy looks like in 2021.

Schedule a Call with Robert

 

An in-depth look – Agent Image Services and prices

2. BoomTown (Real Estate Lead Generation Websites)

🥇 Best Real Estate Website Design Company For Lead Generation (Without Owning Your Website)*

*If you’re interested in real estate lead generation but don’t need a real estate website design company, I’d strongly recommend that you check out Ylopo.

Boom Town Service and Price Infographic

This infographic was updated in 2020 and should be pretty accurate.

BoomTown Updates (2021)

Since BoomTown does NOT publish its pricing, I rely on customer intelligence. In 2021, I heard through industry contacts that BoomTown has changed their pricing. They have lowered their monthly licensing fee for individual real estate agents.

The changes published elsewhere claimed that BoomTown had created a different product for smaller teams or individuals. That product REQUIRED a $250.00 per month PPC spend on top of the published rates available in this review/writeup.

I will update this article as required if I receive proof BoomTown has changed its packages. I’ve had to alter the details of BoomTown offer very little since 2017 when I first added them to this list of best real estate website design companies.

 

Website Examples

Website Prices

  • Setup – $1500.00
  • Monthly Licensing Fee – $900-$1500.00 (+$35 for every additional user after 25)

Online Advertising Costs (100% necessary to generate leads)

  • 3-5 Agents: $1000 per month
  • 5-10 Agents: $1500 per month
  • 10-30 Agents: $2000 per month
  • Additional 15% Ad Spend management fee
  • Seller Lead Suite: $250 per month

BoomTown Reviews

Leadership and Company Summary

Grier Allen founded BoomTown in 2006. Some websites in 2019 identify them as having 250+ employees.

Officers

The company has been fast-tracking since 2006. They’ve made the INC 500 four years running. They are the recommended lead generation company of Keller Williams and famously noted as a key ingredient to Ben Kinney’s meteoric success.

BoomTown has expanded into a renovated warehouse and has high ratings from the employees on Glassdoor. The outward product and the internal reviews make this company the one to watch in the real estate marketing space.

My only note here is this company is ripe for acquisition. They sought and received 20 million in a private bond release. This was the first time BoomTown sought or received funding which makes them unique in the tech space.

Website and Service Description

Detailed BoomTown Website “Build Information”

  • You do not own your BoomTown website
  • Websites are templates, which means all their websites look similar
  • They build their websites on WordPress
  • BoomTown manages customers information and behavior
  • They provide one-look “lead management” dashboards, so brokers can see the lead status and last contact in real-time
  • Boomtown provides dedicated account managers that train agents and brokers on using the platform
  • They will import existing leads
  • Boomtown talks a lot about SEO and shows signs of being able to apply SEO. But they target mostly lower value terms backed with very functional content pages, but not very deep or interesting ones.

On a scale of 1-10, I would give Boomtown a 5 for SEO from a results standpoint. My video review (below) covers this topic in detail.

BoomTown SEO ADDENDUM: They might be adding in SEO as a “value-add.” That means they include it as part of their licensing fee, and you don’t pay extra for the service. Any results that you get are a bonus. As you might expect, my analysis shows the results aren’t very impressive. SEO requires a concentrated and expert effort to succeed.

 

BoomTown Lead Generation and SEO – What to Expect

 

 

3. Dakno Marketing (Template and Custom Designs)


Dakno Prices and Online Reviews Summary Infographic

They still makes real estate blogging websites and remains one of my Top 10 choices in 2021.

 

Dakno Updates (2021)

I finally managed to get a Dakno customer to talk to us in 2019. His report should be taken with a grain of salt since he is ONE client and we talked to him in the context of transferring his website over to us.

His website worked well for many years, but Dakno never updated it. I did get a chance to walk through the backend. It was decent, but also not comparable to any of the high-end options like BoomTown or Real Estate Webmasters.

The closest I could compare it to would be Boston Logic. My client transferred leads to Follow Up Boss (CRM and Lead Management software), which is comparable and by my estimate better than most backends.

One weird thing is Dakno has added ONE review on Google in two years. For a company that claims to be a marketing company, they certainly don’t pay much attention to marketing.

If you’re a true online marketing expert, why not apply that expertise to your own business?

Website Examples

Website Pricing

  • Dakno Blog – $199
  • Signature Sites (Semi-Custom) – $849
  • Select Custom Sites – $1249
  • Full Custom – $1599

Dakno Monthly Costs

  • SEO – $560 OR $1125
  • PPC – $150 setup, plus an unspecified management fee
  • Hosting, IDX, and Management – $139 per month

Dakno Marketing Reviews

 

Leadership and Company Summary

Brad Carroll founded Dakno Marketing in 2003. Dakno appears to have about 20,000 live websites, which is almost as many as Agent Image.

Officers

Brad Carroll, CEO – Marketing Consultant

Bobby Carroll, Vice President

The Dakno reviews from CUSTOMERS are stellar. I read all 26.

Glassdoor (a website that allows employees to anonymously review their employers) is exactly the opposite.

Typically, anonymous reviews shouldn’t be given as much weight as reviews from verifiable human beings. But in this case, I carefully combed through every social profile and every review. The evidence suggests the Glassdoor reviews about Dakno are accurate. You should read them.

Brad Carroll seems to be an active voice in the digital marketing space. His social media profiles show him at various conferences. Despite complaints of low pay and long hours his company manages to deliver 5-star service. However, pay close attention to my review of their website and service description.

 

Website and Service Description

Detailed Dakno Website “Build Information”

  • You do not own your Dakno website
  • Dakno’s design aesthetics are not comparable to Agent Image or Real Estate Webmasters, but they cost 50% less
  • Dakno builds their websites on a proprietary CMS (WordPress is the much better option)
  • Dakno makes an IDX plugin for WordPress
  • IDX seems responsive (Property results work well on smartphones)
  • Danko imports leads from Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com
  • Email Campaign functionality from within the platform
  • Round-robin and first-come, first-serve lead distribution
  • Updates are free and promised

Dakno Marketing

This is one of the few real estate website design companies on this list where I’ve only seen their backend management system once. Whether it performs as described is anyone’s guess.

There are few complaints online, so that is a good sign. However, there also isn’t a single training video OR case study showing the Danko platform in use.

The lack of access to training videos makes sense. It’s normal to restrict public access. But the lack of a case study is surprising. If they have such a great tool, why not demonstrate results via YouTube?

Brad and Bobby Carroll both profess to be online marketing experts. Yet their social media and their SEO on the Dakno corporate website is sub-par compared to most other top companies designing real estate websites. And they have been in business far longer.

Plus their SEO packages are horribly out of date.

Dakno vs Easy Agent Pro vs Placester

Though I’ve only seen one Dakno backend, the available evidence suggests that newer competitors like Easy Agent Pro or Placester deliver a better starter website.

Dakno vs Real Geeks

In addition, Real Geeks delivers a far better lead generation website all for a significantly lower investment. These alternatives offer better online training and verifiable online case studies.

I’d love to hear from past or present Danko customers. Feel free to share what YOU thought about this company. If anyone wants to PM their Danko login, I’ll do a detailed analysis and update this review/comparison.

 

Dakno Pricing and Service (Review)

 

 

4. Easy Agent Pro (Real Estate Websites)

🥇 Best Real Estate Website Design Company for New Agents*

*There is one important consideration, however. EAP does not allow you to own your website. In other words, it will be very difficult to migrate to a new company once you’ve outgrown EAP. It’s not a scalable option, and this will cost you heavily in the end.

 

Easy Agent Pro Service tiers and pricing

In early 2020, EAP offered a 50% discount off its websites. Often they have a discount on their advertised set up fee.

Easy Agent Pro Updates (2021)

Easy Agent Pro constantly updated their pricing in 2019-2020. I’ve seen the setup cost range from $99 to $500.

In 2020, Tyler Zey stated that Easy Agent Pro got acquired at the end of 2018. There’s no info on who bought the company. His LinkedIn profile also says he is the CTO, and they are working on a custom backend solution. That suggests they will be moving away from WordPress over the next couple of years.

Real Estate Website Examples

EAP Pricing

  • $500 Setup (As of 2018, setup costs are no longer listed)
  • Landing Pages – $119 per month
  • Real Estate Website (Lead Site) – $179 per month
  • Real Estate Website + Marketing Lead Site Plus – $259 per month

Easy Agent Pro Reviews

 

Leadership and Company Summary

Tyler Zey and Robert Laprise founded EAP in New Mexico. Tyler handles content marketing/SEO, and Robert handles website development.

Regardless of what the rest of my review says, these guys are top in class for real estate marketing services. When it comes to results, Tyler is the best content marketer in the entire real estate vertical.

Seth Price from Placester is comparable. His results are slightly better, but he has considerably more resources.

Both companies focus on educating real estate professionals on how to utilize digital marketing to enhance real estate sales revenue. In the process, they show you how their tools can help meet sales goals.

Tyler may have shifted his role and moved full-time into Product/Service Development.

Officers

Tyler Zey, Co-Founder, CTO

Robert Laprise, Co-Founder, Head of Development, Chief Amazement Officer

Website and Service Description

Detailed EAP Website “Builder Information”

  • You do not own your Easy Agent Pro Website (One of my main CONS about this company)
  • Easy Agent Pro has good designs, but they are templates (Websites can barely be customized)
  • They the second largest and most useful Tutorial Library for Real Estate Online Marketing
  • Easy Agent Pro builds their websites on WordPress
  • They teach you how to use their websites more effectively than any other real estate website provider
  • EAP offers more value for the money you spend than most of the best real estate website service providers

Conclusion

Easy Agent Pro is my #1 recommendation for newer agents interested in learning how to “do” online marketing.

Easy Agent Pro vs Real Geeks

If you have a budget of $1000-$2000 per month for direct advertising, Real Geeks has the potential to generate more leads. Real Geeks also has a better method of managing those leads.

Just like Easy Agent Pro, you will need to invest 10-40 hours of “learning” how to use your Real Geeks website effectively.

Easy Agent Pro vs BoomTown vs InboundREM

If you can spend $2000-$10,000 per month, then BoomTown and InboundREM become interesting options. BoomTown provides direct advertising and leads management solutions, while InboundREM provides the only SEO + ownership-focused solution among the best real estate marketing companies.

Neither Easy Agent Pro nor Real Geeks allow your company to scale beyond a certain point. You’ll spend a lot of time and money coming to this conclusion yourself.

 

EASY AGENT PRO IS COMPARABLE TO – Real Geeks and Placester

 

Walk-Through the Backend of an EAP Website

 

5. InboundREM (Real Estate Lead Generation Websites)

🥇 Best Real Estate Website Design Company For Lead Generation (With Owning Your Website)

 

Inbound Real Estate Marketing

An accurate list of prices and services for 2020 (We currently have 50 5-star reviews)

 

InboundREM Updates (2021)

Disclosure: I am the founder of InboundREM Inc.

In 2019, we finished development on our “Agent Hub” WordPress website platform. What does that mean for our clients?

  • Exceptional listing and search design comparable to Trulia and Zillow
  • Real Estate listings are read as original content to the website, even though they are fed in through IDX (Excellent for SEO)
  • Reviews imported from Yelp, Zillow, Google, and Facebook
  • Customized maps
  • Websites are ready for PPC campaigns with comparable conversion rates to Real Geeks, BoomTown, Zurple, and most other major real estate marketing platforms
  • Design upgrades
  • Advanced services for brokers and small teams*

*The advanced service for small teams and brokers costs $5k for setup and $2k per month. It includes Pay-Per-Click marketing (PPC), Customer Relationship Management software (CRM), and website servicing.

In other words, we provide services comparable to BoomTown or Zillow, but at equal or less cost.

InboundREM has grown its distributed workforce to 10 dedicated resources and another 20+ part-time or overflow resources with the core team located in the US. We now have 40+ accounts in the U.S. and a couple outside of the country.

2019 saw InboundREM add to its reviews and we maintained a perfect 5-star rating across all platforms. You can see our latest video testimonial on our services page.

Real Estate Website Examples

InboundREM Pricing

*All Pricing is inclusive except for IDX, which is $79.99 per month

Upfront Costs

  • Setup – $2500 – $3500
  • Website – $2500 – $10,000 (Template and Custom Websites)

SEO Marketing Campaigns

  • Small City – $600 per month
  • Medium City – $1000 per month
  • Large Cities (single area) or luxury neighborhoods – $1500 per month
  • Small Teams and Brokerages – $2000+ All inclusive. PPC management, CRM, Service and agent education are all part of the monthly.

InboundREM Reviews

Leadership and Company Summary

Robert Newman founded InboundREM in 2014. His role is Chief Marketing Officer. You can see more about Robert and his history within the real estate marketing space by watching this video.

Rafe Altschuler (his brother) leads project management. The company consists of a team of 20+ social media managers, content writers, developers and designers that work remotely.

Robert focuses on educating Real Estate professionals about online lead generation and provides deep analysis for existing real estate online marketing solutions. InboundREM is the only company on this list that provides a real estate lead generation solution the real estate client owns.

CLICK HERE to schedule a meeting with Robert

 

Website and Service Description

Detailed InboundREM Website “Builder Information”

  • You own your website
  • Designs are comparable to Agent Image or Real Estate Webmasters and include template and custom options
  • Websites are built on WordPress and managed 100% by InboundREM
  • InboundREM uses IDX Broker for search and lead generation
  • For lead management, we use Follow Up Boss, which integrates automatically with IDX Broker
  • InboundREM can set up and manage Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus
  • InboundREM is a 100% managed solution. There is no learning required except to read reports and how to use Follow Up Boss if you’re a team or brokerage.
  • InboundREM is a CONTENT marketer making informational pages for your website that includes charts, graphs, and detailed area information. The client owns this information after 18 months.

InboundREM Technology Comparisons

InboundREM uses the same technology as Placester, Boom Town, and Agent Image regarding website design and CMS.

In 2019 InboundREM finished developing a WordPress Real Estate Website solution that is now considerably ahead of its competitors in terms of deliverables centered around lead generation.

Here are some native features that few, if any, InboundREM competitors have:

Listing Optimization

  • Listings on landing pages are read as ORIGINAL content, which adds extra SEO value. The only companies in the Top 10 that have that feature are BoomTown and Real Estate Webmasters. This element significantly increases the probability of the page ranking well on Google.
  • Listings have designations and “Favorites” hearts overlayed on top of the active property. Only BoomTown, Trulia, REWB, and Sierra Interactive have a similar feature.

Google Maps and Google Earth Integration

  • You’ve never seen an integration like this one.

Drag and Drop Editor

  • Recent advances in WordPress allows us to edit our websites in minutes, rather than hours or days. Our wildly adaptable websites are cheaper to maintain. Plus, they last 200-300% longer than most competitors because we can adapt the design to the evolving technology and consumer tastes.

 

Real Estate Website Providers vs Lead Generation Companies

Calling InboundREM a website provider isn’t perfectly accurate. We don’t sell websites per se. Rather we sell real estate lead generation packages that include a WordPress website that you own.

Like BoomTown, InboundREM only takes (2) clients per city, so availability becomes a factor.

InboundREM vs BoomTown

When comparing BoomTown and InboundREM for lead generation, the expectation should be similar.

Short term lead generation with InboundREM provides higher quality leads. Boomtown has better-integrated lead management features.

A crucial difference is if you stop paying for BoomTown, then all leads immediately stop.

On the other hand, if you stop paying for InboundREM after 18 months, the leads will continue. Of course, they will lose momentum but that process can take years.

The tailing results may even last the lifetime of your business because we do evergreen content marketing. A fantastic, SEOptmized blog post can rank highly and drive leads for years, which is a huge advantage over direct advertising.

If long-term ROI is important to you, then InboundREM will deliver more value for the dollar, although with a slightly less fluid team and lead management solution.

Compared to CINC, KvCORE, and other lead generators, there is an even higher ROI.

InboundREM vs Easy Agent Pro

Unlike EAP, InboundREM will almost certainly not be a good fit for most new agents. If you’re new to the game, we recommend our competitor Easy Agent Pro over ourselves.

InboundREM vs Real Estate Webmasters

Real Estate Webmasters is the only comparable Real Estate SEO provider, and they have an excellent website design team. They don’t have especially friendly integration with other technology, providers making their website solution somewhat “one size fits all.”

Additionally, you don’t own the website with REW. If you decide to invest $1000-5000 per month, that investment is gone if you change real estate website companies.

Inboundrem is COMPARABLE TO – BoomTown – Real Estate Webmasters – Dakno – Agent Image


Our 2021 Website with Pricing and Service

6. Placester (Real Estate IDX Websites)

🥇 Most Inexpensive Real Estate Website Design Company

 

Placester Prices and Online Reviews | Infographic

For 2020, Placester has more installed real estate websites than anyone else.

Placester Updates (2021)

Actually, Placester is one of the few providers with few recent updates. There are no new news articles on their website for 2019 and pricing and service offerings remain 100% the same.

They still provide a good low-cost option for a “starter” website. This site offers one of the lowest value propositions of all the providers on this list. If all you’re looking for a “placeholder” website, you might consider Pro Agent, one of the honorable mentions at the bottom of this review.

 

Real Estate Website Examples

Placester Pricing

**Prices Go up 25% if you are not a NAR member

  • Agent Pro – $80 per month
  • Broker Pro – $150 per month

Placester Reviews

 

Leadership and Company Summary

Placester is a Real Estate Technology company that sells WordPress real estate websites which include IDX and online marketing options. With over 400,000 customers, 1/6 of real estate professionals in North America use their services.

 

Website and Service Description

Detailed Placester Website “Builder Information”

  • Responsive Real Estate IDX Website (Search Focused)
  • Content marketing and direct advertising options (Read reviews before investing)
  • Drip-email marketing campaign (basic)
  • Landing page creation (without a marketing funnel this is useless)
  • Template websites
  • Options for agents AND Brokers
  • Includes Customer Relationship Management software and CMS

 

Best For Making Ultra-Cheap Real Estate Websites

Placester has its marketing game dialed in. They say all the right things and have decent looking websites using the latest technology like WordPress.

They also have the BEST library of How To’s in the industry. If you only have a few bucks per month to spend on a real estate website, join NAR and call Placester.

You can get a bare-bones website for $5 per month, which is the best offer among all the top real estate website design companies.

 

Placester vs Easy Agent Pro vs Real Geeks

If you can spend a few hundred dollars each month, then Easy Agent Pro or Real Geeks might be better options. Why? Because by all accounts, Placesters service is spotty at best.

I had to call them on behalf of a Placester client. My experience was definitely sub-par, and I’m an easygoing and generous person. I have found 3-4 other major review sites saying the same thing.

I’d guess Placester is a victim of its own success. They might have grown faster than their ability to service their 400,000+ clients. If you pay for their ultra-cheap services, expect problems and headaches sooner or later.

Placester is comparable to Real Geeks and Easy Agent Pro

In-depth Review: Placester Pricing and Service

 

7. Real Estate Webmasters (Real Estate Lead Generation Websites)*

🥇 Best Overall Real Estate Website Design Company**

*While REW has traditionally focused on lead generation, their new direction is designing branded websites. For this reason, it may not be a wise choice for real estate agents and brokers who need long-term lead generation.

**While REW is a great all-around option, they sometimes introduce sudden and unexpected price hikes. Additionally, their CEO has a widespread negative reputation. Accordingly, you may want to think twice before committing to REW. They are the most expensive website provider, and it will be impossible to switch providers since you don’t own your website.

Real Estate Webmasters Graphic Price List

Real Estate Webmasters frequently changes prices and offerings. This list is accurate as of early 2020.

Real Estate Webmasters Updates (2021)

Real Estate Webmasters recently implemented A LOT of changes in almost every category with their “Renaissance” update:

  • They continue to drift away from lead generation websites and push their new branding website categories
  • REW simplified their CRM, but also took away a lot of it’s enhanced lead generation potential
  • They increased service pricing from $199 per month to $499 per month (This is the price to have the website hosted with REW and does not include any marketing)
  • REW struck, then lost partnership deals with some of real estates top names like Barbara Corcoran

I’ve updated website examples and links used to support my REW review.

Website Examples

Real Estate Webmasters Pricing

  • REW has a whole host of website options ranging from $1900-$35000.
  • In many cases, setup costs $5000
  • IDX/Service: $50-$499
  • SEO/PPC/Search Engine Marketing: $1500-$15,000

Real Estate Webmasters Reviews

Leadership and Company Summary

Based in Canada, REW has traditionally been a real estate lead generation company. However, they continue to transition to specializing in branding. As their focus changes, their lead generation capabilities are slacking.

The only name associated with Real Estate Webmasters is Morgan Carey. Famously known as the “SEO Guy,” Carey got his start as an SEO consultant and moved into owning his real estate focused technology company in 2004.

The bar was set very low for good SEO focused websites, and Carey quickly built up his company to its current 150 employees and two locations in Canada.

He also built up the single worst personal reputation in all of real estate technology. (This is a data-driven assessment based on the number of negative reviews that mention Carey by name).

In recent years, Morgan has attempted to stem bad publicity by taking a turn on Dragons Den and letting employees dump ice on him for an ALS challenge.

Morgan Carey, CEO & President

Website and Service Description

Detailed Real Estate Webmasters Website “Builder Information”

  • Custom and Template real estate website design
  • CRM and CMS
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Responsive (Mobile Friendly)
  • UX is better than most (Site structure and navigation)
  • Custom IDX both as a plugin and as a SAAS service

Need-to-Know Info for Real Estate Webmasters

Real Estate Webmasters isn’t quite the best in ANY category.

  • BoomTown is better at lead generation and lead management.
  • Agent Image is better at custom design.
  • Sierra Interactive has the best search experience and customizable IDX.

Real Estate Webmasters is 2nd or 3rd in ALL of these categories making this company one of the best overall options if you need a strong performance in design, lead generation, search experience, and lead management simultaneously.

Important Drawbacks

Real Estate Webmasters is also the most expensive website providers of the top 10 best real estate website design companies.

As with all the options except Agent Image and InboundREM, you do not own the website.

In the 13 years I have consulted with and met some of real estate’s most influential founders and leaders, I have heard stories that mirror what others have said in the reviews you can read about Morgan and Real Estate Webmasters.

That said, I have never met the man. What I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is Real Estate Webmasters has implemented sudden and extreme price hikes with little or no warning to its customer base.

Because (1) there is so little competition in the “All-in-One Real Estate Website Provider” category and (2) you lose your entire investment if you stop paying (because you lease rather than own your site), REW has a captive audience.

You can get a REALLY good idea of what I mean by reading be review below from prolific real estate bloggers. Go to the end of the post and carefully read through the pros and cons: Real Estate Webmasters Detailed Customer Review.

Comparable to InboundREM and Sierra Interactive

 

 

8. Real Geeks (Real Estate Lead Generation Websites)

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Real Geeks Updates (2020)

The Fidelity National purchase of Real Geeks in mid-2017 resulted in few changes. As a matter of fact, a lack of changes is also the most notable thing about Real Geeks in 2019-2020.

Real Geeks has added 4 videos to their YouTube channel in the last 18 months, clearly signaling that Jeff Manson has diminished his involvement since selling the company.

You can still find him in some of the online Real Geek’s Masterminds, which they seem to publish about monthly. Jeff brought a tremendous amount of value to the company in terms of experience and understanding the importance of educating the real estate industry on the rapid changes in digital real estate marketing.

Real Geeks Website Examples

Real Geeks Pricing

  • Setup – $500
  • Service Fee – $169-$239 per month
  • Facebook Marketing plugin – $50 per month
  • Home Sellers Marketing plugin – $50 per month

Real Geeks Reviews

Leadership and Company Summary

Jeff Manson, a Hawaiian real estate broker with 2 decades of real estate experience, founded Real Geeks. You can learn everything you would ever want to know about him on his Real Geeks YouTube channel.

He is featured in 70 videos that average one hour. The company was sold (very quietly) on July 25th, 2017 to Fidelity National Financial Inc.Real Geeks now operates as a subsidiary.

This news comes as no surprise to Jeff’s YouTube followers. He has always maintained his primary love was selling Hawaain real estate, and Real Geeks was his answer to a HUGE need in the real estate industry for an affordable real estate website that would generate leads. Mission accomplished.

Jeff is still the CEO of Real Geeks.

Website and Service Description

Detailed Real Geeks Website “Build Information”

  • Template Design
  • Very lead capture friendly
  • Need to use direct advertising for lead generation
  • Excellent Tutorials on how to use direct advertising and Real Geeks
  • IDX is very clean, and it’s set up for you
  • Responsive
  • Good customer service
  • Excellent documentation to support the launch of the website

Important Considerations

Real Geeks was just bought by a mortgage company with very deep pockets. They probably are keeping Jeff as CEO for the next year or two as they transition to a new team. How this will affect their real estate websites is anyone’s guess.

The good news is I doubt they bought the company to mothball it. Frankly, Jeff seems too passionate to sell to someone just looking to bury a competitive tech company AND and as near as I can tell Fidelity doesn’t own competing technology.

But you can be 100% sure this will affect your real estate website in the long term. They may try to integrate mortgage partners straight into your real estate website (getting millions of dollars worth of “free” advertising).

Or they might want to increase the volume of customer acquisition. Despite their exceptional product, Real Geeks has fewer customers than most of the companies on this list.

Overall, I still feel this is a great bet in the real estate lead generation website category for the next 12-24 months.

Comparable to Easy Agent Pro and Placester

Real Geeks Video Review | Real Estate Lead Generation Websites

 

9. Luxury Presence (Real Estate Branding Websites)

 

Luxury Presence Real Estate WebsitePricing

We only have estimates for 2020 when Luxury Presence was added to our list.

Luxury Presence Company Information

The company has been producing websites since 2016. They currently have over 300 customers, 18 of whom are listed on the Real Trends and Wall Street Journal Top 100 Real Estate Professionals operating in the U.S.

Malte Kramer founded the company, which managed to produce about 300 website projects in 3 years. Jade Mills one of the country’s top real estate producers is a first-round seed investor.

They make beautiful websites that are surprisingly mobile-friendly, and they have a proprietary IDX. Currently the search functionality is extremely limited, but the search APPEARANCE is great.

Luxury Presence Website Examples

Luxury Presence Pricing

I have only been able to get “off the record” verbal quotes from former clients currently using Luxury Presence.

Those verbal quotes have been from $5000 – $15,000 for website development. Service (non-marketing) quotes ranging from $300 – $500 per month.

As a new company with no published pricing, it’s likely they are still figuring out their pricing models so you should contact them directly if you’re interested in a quote.

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10. Sierra Interactive (Real Estate Search/IDX Websites)

Sierra Interactive Price list graphic

Sierra Interactive Real Estate Website Price List. Added Jan 2020.

Sierra Interactive Website Examples

Sierra Interactive Website Prices

  • Pro Site Setup – $500.00
  • Premier Site Setup – $8995.00
  • Product Coaching (Help setting up advanced features like email drip) – $199.00 per month
  • Fee for 1-10 users – $399.95 per month
  • Fee for 11-25 users – $499.95 per month

Sierra Interactive Video Review (Pricing and Performance)

Honorable Mentions

I’ve reviewed hundreds of real estate websites and the companies that design them. I’ve put the best HONORABLE mentions into a YOUTUBE PLAYLIST CALLED “HONORABLE MENTIONS”.

Real Estate Website Companies – Price Comparison

price comparison table for real estate lead generation companies

FINAL VERDICT: How to Choose the Best Real Estate Website Design Company

Picking the wrong real estate website can cost time and money. Measuring twice and cutting once is ALWAYS the best method, even when considering low-cost options.

If you are a realtor or real estate broker currently considering buying a website, here is what you need to know BEFORE you start shopping.

  • How much CAN you spend upfront and monthly?
  • Whats is most important to your business: Design, Search Experience, or Lead Generation? If they are all important, prioritize them.
  • How much time do you have for getting a website online? To generate leads?

You need to create features and functionality list on a 1-10 scoring chart. Here is how that works.

You might prioritize lead generation, but also require responsive property search results. Attach an importance score to that requirement IE: 9

 

Sample Functionality List with Scoring

  • Integrated CRM & Lead Management – 9
  • Lead Generation – 10
  • Drip Email Campaign – 5
  • Leads Automatically Texted – 9
  • Search Experience – 4 (FYI complicated or robust search tools almost always DROP lead count)
  • Design -7
  • 3-4 weeks before the website goes live

Now go through this list of real estate website providers and eliminate any that fall outside your budget. Then see if the others offer some or all of your listed features.

 

Final Tips Before Committing

TIP ONE: Seriously consider owning your website. Most real estate website design companies force you to lease your website. It makes it impossible for you to transfer companies.

That can lead to sloppy customer service, price hikes, inflated invoices for custom work, and many other headaches. Think twice before trapping yourself in a corner. If you can’t afford to hire InboundREM, you could use Boxmode to build a free website.

TIP TWO: Be aware of necessary tradeoffs. If you’re hoping for a fantastic branding website that maximizes lead generation…it doesn’t exist. Branding and efficiency only work together in extremely specialized real estate verticals.

However, there is an interesting alternative. If you’re EXTREMELY driven, you can create a large amount of high-quality content for a website and the quality of your information becomes your brand.

TIP THREE: Consider the ethics and organic (honest) reviews of your potential website provider. Especially because most companies prevent you from easily switching providers, it’s important to find a trustworthy company that won’t burn you.

TIP FOUR: Real estate marketing is a marathon, not a sprint. Whether you use a template or custom design, it takes time and testing to see the best results.

You should be able to measure progress, but truly profitable results will be an ongoing process. It should also get better and easier over time.

 

Conclusion

Hope you enjoyed this article on top real estate website design companies. A lot of time went into it.

If you DID enjoy or learn or save money, please do me the honor of leaving a comment.

Robert Newman, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of InboundREM.

 

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8 thoughts on “10 Best Real Estate Website Design Companies (150+ Research Hours)

  1. Thank you for publishing this article. I have just started researching changing web site providers and this article was by far the most comprehensive and well written article that I have found so far. Keep up the good work!

    • Andrew,

      Truly thrilled you found the article useful. Took a LONG time to write it and I was thinking about something similar for years. Very grateful to know it resonated with its intended audience. I’ll keep updating it year over year.

  2. Nowadays a website is a must in any industry especially in real estate and this blog is well written about website importance.

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