We Launched Our New Website Design Today!

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Real Estate Agent with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

After several months of tweaking, I finally launched my company's new website design this morning. 

I am working with my web guy on speeding up the load time, but overall I am very happy with the outcome.  Stop by and take a look sometime.  I would be interested in hearing your feedback: http://www.austintexashomes.com

Below is a screenshot that I just took a few minutes ago.  The header image shown in this shot is a view of Lake Austin looking down from Mount Bonnell.  There are two other images that I purchased from www.istockphoto.com that will randomly rotate there - one of the downtown Austin skyline, and one of the beautiful 360 bridge, which is a local west Austin landmark.

Someone asked me recently about whether we should require users to register in order to search our local MLS listings.  We had experimented with having no form in the past, and we didn't get many leads.  With the form, we get millions of dollars in sales annually.  Of course, our traffic is relatively strong, so that certainly is part of the puzzle. 

If you have super-negative comments, please refrain from telling me, since this has been a pet project of mine since late 2007.  Our last website design was simply too dated and amateur-looking for my taste, and I hope this new, fresh look will attract more clients.  Time will tell...

Thanks for taking time to check it out!

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Jason, the web site looks great. The link takes it to a white page, I was able to find the header page. Some great info you have included!

May 19, 2008 06:11 PM
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Lisa Hill
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I love that aerial photo! It looks awesome. I hope everyone likes it =)

May 19, 2008 07:37 PM
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Jason, the new site looks awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.

May 19, 2008 07:47 PM
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Steve Shatsky
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Hi Jason...  The new site looks GREAT!!!  I really like the prominent display of your phone number (versus the URL).  Best of luck with it and may it bring you TONS of business! :)

May 19, 2008 09:47 PM
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Roberta LaRocca
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Jason, Your website is very nice!  It looks like you did a lot of work and it is worth it!  Good luck to you!

May 20, 2008 12:19 AM
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Jason - I don't know... It's OK I guess if you like eye catching sites, cool graphics, great layouts and easy navigation... but that's only going to take you so far.

Seriously, great redesign... very, very nice work. 

May 20, 2008 03:06 AM
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Adam Waldman
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JASON - I checked out the site.  It looks great.  I noticed that you offer a free warranty for people that register.  Is this upon their home purchase?

May 20, 2008 03:53 AM
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Scott Cowan
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Jason- The screenshot looks great! I will go and take a look around the site and report back if I have any comments that have not been mentioned already. I do really like the look of the main page.

Best,

Scott

May 20, 2008 10:14 AM
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Rich Jacobson
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Jason:  Very nice! So, is that a Point2 Agent site?....

May 20, 2008 02:49 PM
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Jason Crouch
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RICH - No, it's just our new design.  I don't have a Point2 Agent site.  Does it look like one of theirs?

May 20, 2008 03:38 PM
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ADAM - Yes, the offer is contingent upon them closing a sale with us - there is a coupon generated after they register.

May 20, 2008 03:39 PM
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Jason:  It was a joke, man. You know, as in a guffaw? A gut buster? Side splitter? Knee slapper?...

May 20, 2008 03:57 PM
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RICH - I thought it might have been a joke, but I wasn't positive.  I am not very family with Point2 Agent.  I didn't want to assume it was if it was a sincere question. 

I will now commence with the knee slapping.

May 20, 2008 03:59 PM
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Matt Moxhay
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Jason- I like your site, personally I think I would put the Testimonials where the Austin FAQ's are, basically swap those two.  From my personal experience, when I search sites with testimonials, I gravitate towards them and since you have so many wonderful testimonials I think they deserve more prominence.  Plus you have the FAQ link on the top so I think giving it a lesser roll on the page would be fine.  Just my 2cents from someone that knows ALOT LESS about this stuff than you.

May 20, 2008 08:57 PM
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Jason.... I didn't go to the actual page, but from what you have pictured here, awesome.... very crisp and clear....and I like the color and the outside edges....  very sharp.  Just one question... why a web site when so many are going to blog sites, considering that blog sites are stagnant.  ???  just curious.  but overall, very nice... job well done.

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May 20, 2008 09:44 PM
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Jason Crouch
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JEFF - I am not really sure I understand your question.  Are you asking why I have a website for our company?  It includes a blog as well, but we need a site, since we have about a dozen agents currently.  We are very well placed on Yahoo and on the first page of Google for most of the terms I care about.

May 20, 2008 10:04 PM
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Ricki Eichler
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Jason,  Your site is awesome!  Good job, my friend!

May 20, 2008 10:30 PM
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
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Jason,

     There will be negative comments here.  Your website looks fantastic!  It looks like you spent a lot of time designing it and from the results I believe you will get, your hard work will be rewarded.  Great looking site!

May 21, 2008 10:00 AM
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Lisa Heindel
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Jason, the sight looks very nice - love the color scheme.  I'm still torn about the registration for a home search.  Do you have stats for how many land on the page and how many actually register?

May 21, 2008 07:44 PM
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Jason - I love the header pictures..they are great.  You write such great content about Austin...you have me wanting to move there :-)  Can I come work for you...LOL!!!  Congrats on the new website...Kristi

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