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JoelD, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA

We are getting ready to put our house on the market and I want to put together a website with some pictures

Asked by JoelD, Philadelphia, PA Wed Mar 12, 2008

and other info about the house and property. Does anyone know of a place to get a template website for this? We've been looking at houses and the ones with great pictures definitely keep our attention. Its all we had at 1 am when we were looking. :)
Thanks for your help.

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Try http://www.postlets.com. Create a login, then create a page with your pictures. Then either give out that website or go to something like http://www.godaddy.com, buy a cheap domain name like http://www.myhouse.com or something. Have that page forward to the postlets website and you'll be good to go. Total cost is between free and roughly 3 bucks for a .info site. Hope this helps!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
Well thanks to everyone for the ideas. I looked at all the URLs and decided to give the http://www.postlets.com website a try. I really liked the 2.0 feel to it and how it integrated map information about the schools and the shops nearby. As I was pulling all this together today we had an offer come in on the house from a family that had come to see 3 times already. The offer wasn't where we wanted it to be (about 15% below our planned asking) so we think we'll get it on the market tomorrow, have an open house on Sunday and see if there is any other interest. We were just happy to get an offer before the listing.

We are using an agent, I don't believe there is anyway to get the same level of interest in a FSBO. We certainly wouldn't have had an offer. As for it being a buyer's market, I feel the biggest culprit of that are sites like this where rumors can start. Sure we don't expect to have 10 offers, or any that go above asking, but we have a good house and a smart agent who we feel can move the property.

Thanks again for everyone's feedback.
Joel
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 13, 2008
Would you like something like this http://www.2217laurelridge.com - I can give it to you for free, just email me pictures and even add video tour. If you are planning on going for sale by owner, I will be happy to put your direct contact information on it and it will go to many other websites (syndication) free of cost to you - zillow/Trulia/Craigslist/google base/yahoo/msn etc etc... on and on. You get to add Sellers comments and get a sellers password and see track who viewed how many times with charts and graphs.I do it for all my listings so it will not cost me a dime extra but I'll do it for credibility!! Just pick the domain name and email like another one - http://www.arlingtonhometour.com "Sold now!! If you are listing with someone then it won't make sense. Regards, Monika
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
Sure. Just do a Google search on "Web templates real estate." (I'd posted a number of links, but unfortunately Trulia considers them spam.)

Or go with web hosting and templates combined. My wife uses Homestead for her home staging business, and really likes the power, appearance, and flexibility. The site is: http://www.homestead.com/ She pays, I think, $20 a month.

I use Tripod. The templates are clunkier, but if you know HTML, you can do virtually anything there. And ad-free sites start at $5. It's at http://www.tripod.lycos.com/

Remember, though, any of these let you put up "great pictures," and great pictures really do help a lot. But the burden's on you to take (or to have someone take) those great pictures. Properly exposed, properly lit. And properly staged. Put a lot of effort into those pictures; it's the pictures, not the site, that'll sell the property.

And if, at some point, you'd like to consider hiring a Realtor to do all that and more, please feel free to contact me.

Hope that helps.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
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Congratulations, Joel!!! I'm so happy that things worked out for you! Please keep us posted on the progress (inspections, appraisal, etc.).
Web Reference: http://www.yournovahome.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 18, 2008
I'm happy to announce that everything worked out, our house went on the market Friday night and by Sunday morning we had worked a deal with the first family that came to see it. They put a deadline on the deal of the starting time of our Open House. So much for the seller's market when you have put a lot of love and attention into your house. I'll take 48 hours on the market any day :)

That Planomatic site is very cool, I love the way they match up the floor plan with the pictures they provide, definitely gives you a feel for the layout.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 18, 2008
We are working with a realtor who uses a company here in Grand Rapids, Michigan called 'Planomatic'. They take a ton of pictures of your home inside & out and some with a wide-angle lens. The results are amazing. Then they do a floor plan and mark the floor plan on the website indicating with a mark where to click and when you do, that's the angle from which you see the room (or outside). It is so cool. Whatever or whomever you use, make sure they use the wide angle lens for interior pictures as it shows so much more. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 18, 2008
Here is what I put together last night. That site was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Trulia community.
Joel
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 14, 2008
The best way is to simply use a virtual tour product. Each virtual tour that is done, has a unique URL that can be provided to anyone to access the picture tour. I use TourFactory.com - our tours are even uploaded to youtube.com. The Tourfactory software turns a still photo tour of a home into a moving video and uploads to youtube.com. We have also used Visualtour.com as well. Feel free to call or email for further details. This is by far the simplest solution.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
1) Buy a domain name at Namecheap.com for $9 http://www.555YourStreet.com
2) Get it on the MLS
3) Link your domain name to http:// http://www.FranklyMLS.com/YOURMLS#.html

My site will show your listing agent's name and number and it has the largest photos of any MLS website (4x larger).

For example: http://www.209VanBuren.com

And it is free.

Make sure you or your agent uses the Kodak v570 super wide angle camera. (google search Frankly kodak v570 for my full review and 60 comments)
Web Reference: http://www.209VanBuren.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
You should also try http://www.classifiedflyerads.com - the last time I used it for one of my listings, it showed up on page one of Google within a week (for specific search terms). It's free for a basic ad, but you can purchase additional options (domain name, uploadable video tour) if you think you need them. I agree with Timothy regarding Postlets ... I also use them for my listings and they're very professional looking.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
I build my pages using Google's Page Maker. I gives you some basic templates, but lots of flexibility also. It's free if you keep their address or you can buy a domain if you want. An example of what I do is: http://www.3067Tecumseh.com .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
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