We often get the question in Information Central, “Who do you recommend to make a website for my brokerage?” Recently the NAR LinkedIn Group discussed this exact topic, so we thought it apropos to share the findings. Please note that we do not have direct experience with any of these website providers, and are just sharing them as a launching point for those looking for a website vendor. Should one pursue any of these resources, s/he should be sure to engage in further investigation and research to ensure the tool selected meets his/her requirements.
We use Drupal Gardens for the REALTOR® University Library website. This tool requires some level of sophistication with CSS and HTML, and is not for the web design neophyte. Drupal Gardens also requires designing the architecture and layout of one’s site.
Some other tools that practicing real estate professionals recommended on the NAR LinkedIn Group discussion include (in alphabetical order):
Of course we will mention that Realtor.com offers pre-made agent and broker website templates and web hosting services. When the .realtor domain is released on October 23, 2014, REALTORS® can acquire a .realtor domain and opt to use a Realtor.com ready-to-publish template for their website.
Update from 11/19/2014: Another option for real estate websites is NAR’s new benefit partner Placester. Learn more about this partnership here.