My name is Adrian and I’m using WordPress as part of my business since 2008. I run my own WEB design agency and WEB development company, we are working on both small sites and huge projects. I bought more than 400 themes in the last 10 years and I can tell you which theme is good or bad in 5 minutes.
Today I will be talking about 3 best WordPress real estate themes that you can use for Classified ads website.
Classified ad sites are really great money maker in Classified industry, there are multiple ways to make money from real estate classified sites, and some of them are: Letting people publish ads for free and monetise them with Adsense (or some other) ads, create Paid classified ad packages so people can pay for Featured ads, and you can also find some companies in Real Estate industry and sell them banner ads on your site.
My personal advice would be: Start your classified ads website for local territory, because you can become authority site for Realestate classified ads in your are and you don’t have to fight strong competition. Start ads website for your area, your city, and you will get better banner ads customers from local area really fast + you can offer people free or paid photo shooting for their real estate, you can do 360′ or drone footages if they pay featured ads on your site.
Houzes – Real Estate WordPress Theme
Houzes theme is the best selling Real estate theme ever on Themeforest. I used this theme on one of my own sites and on 2 client sites, and I loved it.
Some of the main features that I really liked about this theme are:
– Messaging system – I hate classified sites where you have to mail someone and wait for their answer for like 5 years, this theme will provide your with HQ messaging system that also send notifications when you receive new PM
– It has really great search algorithms and you can use multiple advanced search widgets + you can show your results on Half map/Half results template, and you can also use both Map only or Results only template
– People can upload floor plans, they can add their 360′ videos and other Youtube videos of their property, they can also upload multiple gallery photos and photos are presented to visitors in amazing lightbox with Direct messaging included in it
– You can use tons and tons of different templates, listing page templates, homepage templates, you get full demo that’s 100% ready to roll once you install it
Houzes is one and only theme you need for your Real Estate website, I loved it, other 2 themes are great too, but this one is a killer, also try all themes on mobile devices before buying, this one is top of the class on mobile screens.
Findeo – Real Estate WordPress Theme
Findeo is probably the cleanest and the most readable Real estate WordPress theme. I used this theme 1 time only and that was back in 2016 when they released this theme.
I still use this theme on one site and updated are getting better and better, what I like the most about this theme is that this theme is perfect on any device, mobile phones version is amazing, tablet version is great and PC/laptop version is really clean, readable, effective, easy to use and intuitive.
Few thing I like about this theme are:
– Great looking homepage Search option, homepage is probably the most important page on Real estate classified website, and visitors should be able to do some quick search, not complicated and not too simple either, this is probably the best Homepage search I ever saw on Real estate themes.
– Nice looking gallery on Single listing + great looking contact form over gallery and in listing sidebar
Few things I don’t really like about this theme:
– It’s maybe too simple for my taste, it doesn’t look like website with this theme could become some authority site in my opinion.
– Theme doesn’t come with Direct messaging system, only type of contact is with Contact emails form.
Real Homes – WordPress Real Estate Theme
Real Homes theme comes with few demo options, and Modern demo is the best looking demo.
I never personally used this theme but some friend of mine did and I asked them for opinion on this theme, and they sad 50/50, it’s one of the best selling themes, that’s why they bought it, but it has some missing parts and some bad angles.
Thing my friends love about this theme:
– It’s great looking theme on PC/laptop, single listing template is amazing, everything you need from Real estate ad is in there, floor plans, features, size, prices, multiple gallery options…
– It has really nice listing page, great icons, nice gallery templates, sidebars, similar ads…
What they don’t like about this theme:
– It doesn’t have Private messaging system, it’s 21st century and PM system is must have on Classified ad themes.
– Mobile version is not the best one, theme is not well aligned, homepage is really bad on mobile and overall mobile experience is not the best