Showing posts from October, 2010

Sneak peak into new MyProperty property alerts feature to be launched soon

Here is a sneak preview of the new Property Alerts feature to be launched soon on MyProperty. Visitors search for property will be able to create an email alert for the search they’ve done simply by clicking on a link in the property search results: After entering some details they are added to our Property Alert Engine . This is one powerful system that can for instance alert the subscriber on new properties matching their criteria as soon as it is loaded in the OMS (or imported through our GRID system). Here is a sample of the email received, including photo and links to the property and agency contact info. We are testing it in all the major email clients, checking that we comply with spam checks on servers and even track delivery statistics such as bounced messages, messages landing in spam boxes etc. We are still doing some stress testing, but you can expect a launch in the next 2 months. Soon after this, this powerful new feature will be made available to clients at v

Agency Websites – improved search results

We’ve improved the property search results on agency websites to a more cleaner look-and-feel: Note that if you have a national/group website or search results specifically customised for your website this change won’t be applicable to you.

OMS Property Status name changes

We changed the descriptions of property statuses in the OMS as follows: “Pending Sale” changed to "Sold (Pending)" ”Final Sale” changed to "Sold (Registered)" ”Rental Long Term Available” changed to "Rental - Monthly (Available)" ”Rental Short Term Available” changed to "Rental - Daily (Available)"

Self Service HD Virtual Tours – help files updated

On the 12th of October we’ve announced our upgraded HD Virtual Tour solution (click for sample). The updated help files are now available through the OMS (after you’ve logged in, click on Help / Virtual Tours in the menu). The upgraded solution allows you to still do your own virtual tours on properties, but with the difference of an upgraded virtual tour viewer than can go full screen plus provides viewers with a ‘HD (high definition)’ experience. The unlimited self service HD tours is another first for the Southern African real estate industry with Entegral taken the first step a couple of years ago by providing agents with a basic self service virtual tour solution. The beauty of the solution is that it is fully integrated with the OMS (Office Management System) so it makes managing your virtual tours on properties so much easier too: Agents can upload an unlimited number of virtual tours per property (and on all properties) through the OMS. All virtual tours are bac

HD (High Definition) Self Service Virtual Tours in the OMS

We are pleased to announce an upgrade to our OMS self service virtual tour solution. You now have the ability to upload HD quality (High Definition) virtual tours on property listings.  Here is a preview of what it looks like – we’ve created this tour with a standard digital camera and tripod. Click on the full screen button to see the high resolution virtual tour in action. <="<"> We will update our help files in the next 48 hours with new virtual tour software and step by step instructions on how to compile these and upload it to properties. The virtual tours are available on plus your own website if hosted through Entegral. There are no license fees, there are no setup costs, plus you can load as many HD quality virtual tours as you want. This is the perfect solution if you are looking to secure sole mandates. Watch this blog for more updates on the HD self service virtual tours including some real property examples.

Mozambiquean listings now listed in US$

Over the past few months we've had numerous requests to change the currency in which Mozambiquean listings are currently listed. All listings were listed in Meticais but will now, due to the constant currency change, be listed in US$.

More exposure for your show houses & give buyers directions to your on show properties

When you mark a property as ‘on show’ in the OMS, it will show on your own website (if developed by Entegral) plus the MyProperty website: We normally see a surge in traffic to the MyProperty on show section on Fridays, so make sure you have your on show properties listed early in the morning or ideally beginning of the week. If you geocode your properties in the OMS, and mark the map location/address to show on websites, visitors to MyProperty will automatically get a driving directions feature on the property as per sample below. They simply enter their address and the system will work out the route.

MyProperty quality checks – improve your rankings in property search results

With the new MyProperty property search results , we exclude property listings without photos and descriptions by default. If visitors do a search they will see the count of excluded properties next to the checkbox e.g. ‘only listings with photos & descriptions (54 excluded) as per below. They can then un-tick it to show all the properties. It is therefore critical when loading listings in the OMS (or importing through our GRID system) that each property has a proper description and photo (note use of logos as photos are not allowed). This way you ensure that your listings are displayed by default.