The Design People Inc. is the owner of agentimage.com which was founded in 1999. They claim to be one of the industry leaders when it comes to website design for real estate agents, brokers and companies. Agent Image promise to provide tools that will help generate leads for their real estate clients while also making it easier for the public to buy or sell a home. They offer the basic tools one would expect from such a company including statistics tracking, email marketing and search engine placement.
One downside to Agent Image that is immediately apparent is their reluctance to place prices on their site. They invite visitors to call them for a quote. Often, this lack of transparency is a sign that the company charges far more than their rivals. What we do know is that packages start from $49.95 a month.
- Agent Service Plan: This includes up to 10 email addresses, 15GB of monthly data transfer, disk space of up to 100MB and statistics which lets you know how much traffic your site is attracting and what visitors do once they arrive on the site. Agent Image claim to be the only web design company to give clients who purchase a premium site access to three experts who offer advice.
- Office Service Plan: More or less the same as above but with 30 email addresses.
- IDX Advanced Services: A more specialized package which promises to help you receive leads from property listings directly.
Agent Image is quite keen to stress that their IDX Integration feature will get results with leads coming from listings and email marketing. They work directly with your local real estate board which certainly gives them an advantage over their rivals. The sites are extremely easy to create and maintain which is necessary for busy real estate professionals. There are also more than 100 designs to choose from. This may seem like a lot but in reality, if Agent Image has thousands of clients, this means that dozens of websites have the same basic design.
One of the services that Agent Image promotes heavily is their internet marketing package. Clearly, even the best designed sites are pretty useless if they don’t bring in the traffic. Agent Image offer search engine optimization to improve your organic search results in local and national search engines. You can also pay extra for pay-per-click advertising which the company set up for you. They even offer optimized press releases which are proven to be an excellent way of helping a website rocket up the rankings. They add email marketing to the mix as well so there are few marketing avenues left unexplored by Agent Image.
It would be great if Agent Image could be more forthcoming about their price list and there need to be more design choices if they intend to cater to thousands of real estate companies, brokers and agents. The big plus for companies choosing Agent Image as their real estate website builder is the all-encompassing marketing drive you will be able to perform. Once you get the advertising side of real estate perfected, leads are sure to follow.