Congratulations to all the winners of the 2007 Website Design Contest!
Three winning sites were chosen from each of the two categories. In addition to the winners, 7 Honorable Mention sites were chosen from each category. Look for the complete write-up on the contest and the winners in the September/October issue of Bay State REALTOR® Magazine. The winning websites will also be honored at the annual Professional Awards Reception
on October 10, 2007.
Company: Distinctive Realty, Inc.
With a clean layout and easy access to the most requested consumer tools, Distinctive-Realty.com shines as an example of the less-equals-more principle for web users. “I don’t think we should have an abundance of information on our real estate site. In my opinion, we should stay focused and present a clean format for a consumer to peruse,” said Pamela Wellen of Distinctive Realty, Inc.
Company: Maxwell Associates
Specializing in residential and commercial lofts in Boston, LoftsBoston.com relies on a simple, yet elegant, layout to highlight their properties. Each unit is meticulously photographed and exhibited on the site with 20-50 pictures and captions per property, along with floor plans, maps and more. “The goal of the site is to help consumers decide on the basis of the online profile alone whether they wish to see the property in person,” said Onnelly Parslow, of the parent company Maxwell Associates. “The site serves to filter and deliver more ready, willing and able buyers/renters.”
Company: Charlesgate Realty Group, LLC.
With a crisp and professional look, CharlesGateRealty.com is a model for websites that must cater to a broad spectrum of clientele. Whether you are a buyer, seller, renter, or investor it is quickly apparent where to go within the site. Easy access to newsletter subscriptions and information requests simplify communication, while dynamic content like real-time mortgage rate information keeps the site fresh.
Company: The Paul Herrick Group
Agent: Paul Herrick
Involvement in the local community can be what separates a good agent from a great agent. To that end, PaulHerrick.com provides a great many resources on local events and charities on the North Shore, highlighting an intimate knowledge of the community he serves. “Our site is designed to not only introduce people to us, but also to show how we’re a part of the North Shore Community,” said Paul Herrick.
Company: John C. Ricotta & Associates
Agent: Raymond Hall
A wealth of resources are available for buyers and sellers through Raymond Hall’s website, OnTheCapeRealEstate.com. His site includes local information on Cape Cod events, community organizations and provides plenty of background for prospective buyers, while positioning Raymond as an expert on the local market. A real estate blog, linked from the site, provides an outlet for commentary and perspective on the market and related topics.
DansRealEstate.comCompany: McKeon/Corcoran Real Estate
Agent: Daniel Santiago
Plenty of tools, resources, and information is what characterizes Daniel Santiago’s homepage at DansRealEstate.com. “I work on the site daily trying to improve its search engine optimization rating, stickiness, and to ensure all the information is up to date” said Daniel Santiago. In addition to the real estate guides and tools, Dan has integrated features into his site such as “live help” chat tools, blogging, YouTube video, and Google site translations for multiple languages. Honorable Mention Websites in the Individual Agent Category