EZ Realty is an easy-to-use property listing component for the Joomla! content management system, and it's over 7 years since its very first version was released. So much has changed over the years - and what began as a really simple component for the single-agent business now forms the cornerstone of a range of components to meet a range of business models.
The upgrade of EZ Realty for Joomla 1.7x/2.5x compatibility has been a major upgrade for us, as we've taken the opportunity to restructure EZ Realty into an extensible system of components - so you only need to install what you need to use. This means your site no longer needs to carry the hefty bulk of features you don't need. The new EZ Realty is lean and fast - and the rewrite of its front-end operations gives you a system which your site visitors will find easy to use and navigate. The outcome has been a highly flexible system which you can configure via the admin configuration settings - so you can achieve a variety of layouts to meet your particular needs and preferences.
EZ Realty Features
It takes a minute to install EZ Realty on your web server - and another couple to install the modules. Yes, it's that quick - and installation is just point a matter of point and click with your mouse.
Everyone is different when it comes to what they want in terms of page layouts, so EZ Realty makes it simple for you - as the entire front-end is coded to give you a range of configurable options for the listings pages and full details page.
Support for MLS/IDX Imports via iPALS RETS Server
EZ Realty now has search filters built into its listings pages, which allows your site visitors to quickly and easily refine their search preferences based on results. They can then reorder listings based on the variety of column headings on the page. This makes EZ Realty a very easy to use system for your site visitors.
EZ Realty has the great Joomla SEF URL system for people-friendly links, and meta tag support for added search engine optimization - so you don't need to use any external SEF systems for clean URL's.
We've built Google mapping support into all of the EZ Realty front-end areas now - so you can configure the listings pages to display results on a map as you search for properties - and you've got Google streetview support on the full property details page, as well as local amenities links for services such as doctors, hospitals, vets, schools and more.
Captcha Antispam Integration
Everyone wants to cut down on the amount of spam sent from their site, so EZ Realty has antispam support available. Just install the OSOL Captcha plugin which is a free Joomla addon - enable it, configure EZ Realty to use it - and all of the EZ Realty forms will have captcha antispam protection.
Dual Configuration System
EZ Realty now has global configuration settings at the component level - and local configuration settings at the menu link level. This will allow you to configure page displays individually - based on the needs of the data displayed. For example - configure the listings page layout to hide display of auction dates and open house dates - but you can then configure the menu links for those pages to display those dates.
Multiple currency support
Flexible multi-currency support, which allows you to run your site listings with a default currency set via the EZ Realty configuration area - or multiple currencies - selected individually for the needs of the specific property listing. Such flexibility is a necessity if you sell real estate in different currencies.
RSS 2.0 feeds are built into all of the front-end EZ Realty listings areas, so site visitors can subscribe to a feed of specific relevance to them.
Save to shortlist function, recommend to friend email, and print property details functions are available. The print property details function now produces output in PDF format - which allows your customers to save the full property details page as a PDF file.
Agent Details Management
If you employ multiple agents - their details are managed via the agents profile manager in the admin area. This allows you to display the agents contact details along with the property details, so that potential buyer enquiries can be directed to the agent managing the property listing.
Multiple Image Layouts Available
EZ Realty has multi-lingual support - meaning it is coded with language tags and has a language file system to enable the translation of embedded page text, incorporates the core Joomla translation system for database content - and has a set of Falang content element files available if you use that component to handle the translation of database content.
9 assorted modules with a multitude of display configurations
EZ Realty also comes with 9 assorted modules - including the multidisplay module, Google map module, image carousel, content slider, panorama slideshow, patchwork wall, and a calculator with both loan, mortgage and size conversion calculation functionality available - as well as a search module and a lists module which allows the display of categories and suburbs. There's plenty to choose from when it comes to setting up your Joomla! site - so much so - you may start to wonder where you're going to fit them all in!
EZ Realty is not a stand-alone script. It's a component developed for use with the Joomla! content management systems. As a "database-driven" PHP script, EZ Realty requires:-
- Joomla! 1.7x or Joomla! 2.5x content management system
- MySQL database - tested on servers running versions 5.1.53
- PHP scripting support - tested on servers running 5.3x
- iPALS RETS Server if wanting to import listings from your MLS/IDX association
Who is EZ Realty right for?
EZ Realty has been designed as an extensible system of components - to be used in combination depending on your business model and needs. The cornerstone of this is the EZ Realty package - which consists of the EZ Realty component and its 9 modules. This is the basic set of extensions you'd install on your Joomla site - and it would meet the following types of needs:-
The private property investor
If you're a property investor with a portfolio of properties for sale or rent, you'll find the core EZ Realty package is the perfect solution for your site.
The single agent business
If you're a single agent business, you'll find you don't need an advanced degree in web development to build your site with EZ Realty. The core EZ Realty package will be perfect for your needs - as it'll enable you to enter and manage your listings via the admin back-end - and provides an easy-to-use front-end for your site visitors.
The multi-agent business
For bigger real estate agencies employing multiple sales agents - your needs are also met by the core EZ Realty package. Setup details of your agents in the profile manager, and they can then add and manage their listings via the admin back-end - or your assigned data entry staff can perform this task. EZ Realty will support the display of joint sales agents on property listings - perfect for husband and wife sales teams!
The multi-location agency
If you've expanded your business to multiple locations, you may still find the core EZ Realty package to be suitable for your needs. Rather than setting up agents in the profile manager - setup these as your agency locations. Then add and manage the property listings via the admin backend, and assign the appropriate agency profile to the listing - so potential customers know which of your agencies to contact.
Expanding your business model
Once your business needs extend beyond the standard business models supported by the core EZ Realty system - it's time to consider some of the other separately available add-ons - for added features and functionality.
EZ Portal expansion package for FSBO sites
We've moved the FSBO functionality out of the old J1.5x EZ Realty system and into its own component - to enable better development of the seller profiling system, and expansion of the paid listings system from the simple 2-tier per listing system it used to be - into a more flexible system of packages that you can define yourself.
Realty Adverts expansion package for HTML and print adverts
Realty Adverts has been developed to enable you to produce HTML and print advertisements of your property listings - so you can post them to online listings sites such as Craigs List, or print up details of property listings for window displays or open house days. It comes with 25 different designs for use in online advertising, and 4 different plain print layouts for use with your printer. If you need to produce HTML or print advertisements of your property listings - you'll find Realty Adverts to be a quick and easy way to achieve this.
Realty Bookings expansion package for availability calendars
One of the new companion components we've developed this year is the Realty Bookings system - designed for those who list holiday rental properties which need an availability calendar. It'll support the management of availability calendar entries via the admin backend, and it'll support frontend management of available dates if you're running a FSBO portal. Realty Bookings isn't a bookings system though - it's currently only an availability calendar.
EZ Feeds expansion package for data exports
EZ Feeds has been developed for the site owner who likes to export their property listings out to other listings sites and social media sites. It'll support exports in a range of XML and RSS 2.0 feed formats for a number of sites, as well as smaller feeds suitable for use when exporting to sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
EZ Watchlists expansion package for VIP Buyer management
The VIP Buyer's system has been moved out of the old J1.5x EZ Realty system and developed into a new component - to support better development of the range of features possible for this type of system. As a result of this change - EZ Watchlists now allows for site members or visitors to create and manage their own "watch items" via the frontend, and receive notifications when property listings matching their requirements become available. EZ Watchlists now uses a HTML templating system for the email formatting, and supports auto-sending of notifications via a cronjob.
...and for those with imagination
If you've got the imagination to see beyond mere field labels and page layouts - you may find EZ Realty is suitable for more than just the conventional real estate listings. Consider couch surfing, room-mate sites for university students, guest-stays for sporting events and more. The potential is there and sometimes it just takes a little time editing the language file to change the wording of something. When the imagination really takes hold though - remember EZ Realty is full source code - so there won't be any barriers between your imaginative genius and the code! It's fully accessible if you need to customize it.