About This Project
After identifying a gap in the market for a leading dedicated portal site for commercial properties Proplist approached us to build them a site that would be the first stop for those searching and agents looking to advertise their properties. With a UK wide reach the website needed to be easy to use for users and agents alike and have a simple and fresh look that would appeal to a large number of people.
Catering for multiple devices was also a high priority with the number of users that would be accessing the site away from a traditional desktop. Making the site accessible as possible was always at the forefront of our minds whilst designing the site. We utilised the latest responsive design techniques to ensure optimal display and usability on all types of devices. This eliminated the need for a separate mobile site and ensured users had full access to the site and all its features regardless of the device they are using. All management for Proplist and agents is centralised using the latest version of our Agent Admin online service.
The site seamlessly combines a mixture of agent managed properties and also integrates with third-party property management software to keep properties up-to-date locally in branch and online. We also created a custom xml feed schema for Proplist which allows agents with existing management software but no current outgoing feed system to send their properties to the website on a daily basis. We add our own graphical flags to properties so as to highlight various aspects of each property (eg. Featured status, Display Address management and Feature Tags). Properties are also plotted on google maps both in road and street view with admins able to move the location pin or street view starting point to be completely accurate. Viewing and valuation requests, enquiry forms, printable details, email a friend and share features are available for all types of properties on the site and are specific to each agent.
Searching for properties was created to be both simple but also feature rich, users are able to use a traditional search panel to refine their searches by location, price, size and property type and then view in three formats; list, grid and map. Map view has the additional benefit of a comprehensive draw feature which allow users to triangulate their search area by drawing out a specific area via points and viewing those properties in all views. Searches can be saved at any time in registered users’ accounts, property alerts can also be created by the user which will notify them daily with properties that match their saved criteria in the past 24 hours.
Developed on our bespoke estate agent management system allows Proplist administrators to take complete control of their site including management of agents, properties, billing and reporting. Agents have their own management area where they are able to add and manage unlimited branches and assign users that can assigned to one or many of the agents branches allowing management only to the branches they are associated with. Agents can easily manage their properties unless they are automating through a feed from their own system, pay for their subscriptions, view their invoices and reporting for their branches and properties.