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Home trends have always come and gone, but with today’s constantly evolving technology, trends change much more rapidly.


Click image below to read what’s the latest in home design from floating houses to 3D printed mansions



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How do you showcase a spectacular property online in a way that gives people the true feel for how great it is and sets it apart from the crowd? Give it it’s very own website! But not just any old website, many of the “property websites” out on the market today are little more than a glorified MLS property page with it’s own web address. We felt like our clients deserved more.

A more personalized experience

Our sites feature full screen high resolution photos not found on the MLS as well as in-depth property information. We also dynamically pull local information for the home like nearby schools, restaurants and shopping. Each site has it’s own url and tracks web traffic specifically to that home so the home seller always is in the loop as to when and where people are coming from.

Built for mobile

Each site is built around the mobile experience. Looking at it on you iPad or tablet will give you the exact same experience as sitting on your laptop.

Easy to show off

The response from those listing with us has been great. They can feel free to share the site with friends on colleges on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter without worrying about them being distracted by other comparable homes.

More and more online users are demanding a more personalized experience and here at John Daugherty, Realtors we are happy to give them what they want. Please take a look at a few of the sites for yourself and let us know what you think. Here are a sample of some of our latest sites:



Can Google+ Do it?

September 27, 2011

by Darren Moore

Can they steal you away from Facebook?  Or is it too late? Will Google+ end up pulling the plug?

I personally think Google+ is too late to play in the ball game; they should have been there 2 years ago when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn were getting fired up.

Facebook has become a household “Digital Brand Name,” just like Coca-Cola and Pepsi.  The popular social-networking service is promoted everywhere – TV, news channels, businesses, the list goes on. It will be extremely difficult for Google+ to gain a share of the market, especially when people are still figuring out Facebook and have built up their fan base and friends list.  It would be like hitting the reset button and starting over.  I don’t think many people are up for that.  The people I’ve talked to have said, “Oh, another social media site to keep up with, why?”  It’s sort of like saying, Google will start bottling and selling soft drinks?!?

Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter connected the dots and created the standards in social media.  They got the bandwagon rolling 2 years ago and now Google+ wants to jump on the fast-moving wagon?  From my perspective, if Google+ wants to play ball, they are going to have to create a new bandwagon, but that will be challenging.

However, competition is healthy and necessary! It creates better products and user-friendly platforms.  Facebook is about to launch an entire new platform in the next coming weeks, and I am sure that Google was their inspiration.  Facebook already has implemented a few features that Google+ has, such as the “lists” which Google+  calls “circles.”

I am a digital marketer myself, and I personally like Google+ better. But where are the fans and your friends? It’s not happening here yet.  Additionally, new users to social media will more than likely set up an account on Facebook because that’s where their friends and family are.

Google has their challenges cut out for them.  Perhaps if Google can develops a killer business platform, that might help with their bandwagon.  Only time will tell — and time in the digital world is only 1 day away.

Overall, Google + is an impressive product and it’s forcing Facebook to innovate faster (and respect people’s privacy a little more) which is good for everyone. This infographic provides some interesting statistics and visual data on the social network showdown between Facebook and Google +


Infographic by the creative people at Single Grain.

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