The Lakewood Scoop is proud to announce the launch of ScoopListings.com. ScoopListings is TLS’s response to our real estate readers’ request for a site totally dedicated to the real estate market. Well, we listened very carefully and did a good deal of homework and as a result, ScoopListings.com was created.
The simple fact is this: close to 90% of all real estate inquiries are from the web. (87% to be exact). That’s pretty much “critical mass” numbers for the Internet. Your knee-jerk reaction may be, that this doesn’t apply to Lakewood, right? Well, you might be surprised at the answer.
Ron Benvenisti, an information technology writer/advisor for The Lakewood Scoop, had this to say. “I can assure you that Lakewood is on the net big-time. I can see exactly who is coming to the Scoop, how many are coming and precisely where they’re coming from and that tells the real story. Scoop traffic is not just local from Jackson, Brick, Toms River, etc, but from all over the world and… yes, rest assured that the Lakewood community is moving the heaviest traffic of all on the Scoop! Even so, ScoopListings is built to handle the international market. We haven’t even gone live and the site is getting hits from Canada, England, even Australia – not to mention the local towns surrounding Lakewood.”
The result is that we put together a world-class, fully featured Real Estate website geared primarily toward the exclusive “Frum” Real Estate Market with specific features tailored to that, but it’s much more than that. ScoopListings is built to handle any real estate business need for any buyer or seller in the world.
ScoopListings is built from the engine and chassis up with every feature you could possibly need or want as a Real Estate professional or seller. Fully search engine optimized for all the major search engines; right now ScoopListings are found on Google in Lakewood, from Lakewood and from anywhere in the world. Buyers are just one click of the mouse or flick of the thumb on our smart-phone, i-Phone and tablet optimized site (no phone hungry app required!) from contacting the agent directly through the site without even having to open their email client!
“It’s not just a pretty face on some legacy system. ScoopListings is a lean, mean Internet real estate machine designed specifically for real estate buyers and sellers”, Ron says.
Here’s a quick rundown of the easy to navigate selling tools and features that you just cannot get from any other media or any other website in the Frum World or (anywhere else) other than www.ScoopLisitngs.com:
1. Here’s How Your Listings Will Be Seen
· Unlimited Listings & Photos
· Front Page Featured Listings
· Featured Listings Slide Show – fully indexed by search engines
· Your Own Agent Web Page to Interact with Potential Customers
· See How Many Times Each Listing Is Viewed
· Your Listings Show Up in Google Searches
· Community Shared Open House Calendar
· Local, National & International Visibility
· Available Virtual Tours (360 Degree Property Walk-Throughs)
· Your Photos are Color Corrected and Tastefully Cropped
2. Buyers See Extensive Property and Neighborhood Information
· Built In Google Mapping and Satellite Imaging for Every Listing
· Neighborhood Profiles (Population and other vital statistics, Hospitals, Transportation, Community Facilities etc.) for Every Listing
· Nearby Schools Information
· Searchable & Desirable Community Specific Needs (Passover Kitchen, Crowd Type, Eruv? You name it, it’s searchable)
3. Buyers Get Exclusive Contact Tools
· Buyers Can Share Listings with Relatives & Friends
· Buyers Can Save Favorites & Print Listings
· Have Buyers Contact You Directly From the Site From Any Device Without Loading any Additional Email Software
· Several Built-In Financial Calculators
4. Agents Get Useful Selling Tools
· Registered Agents Can Enter and Edit Their Own Listings in Real-Time*
· Manage Your Leads
· Show Off Your Expertise: Publish Your Own Blog Articles and Added Google Coverage – Google Loves Blogs – Be Rich and Famous!!!
The built in mortgage and loan qualification calculators are right on your listing pages and really there’s much, much more.
All of these state-of-the-art features are available right now at Grand Opening introductory prices.
Have a rental?
No problem. In fact there’s a dedicated rental tab right on the first page (actually two!).
Listings expire automatically when you say so. No legal problems, no wasted phone calls or emails.
These are introductory prices are only available to the first 25 clients. You must act now to lock-in these incredible rates. After that, the rates will go up. This is a one time and one time only offer so make sure to call or email us now. As they say in the biz, “Don’t let it get away!”
To sign up, email us at [email protected] or call (732) 534-4945. (Ron)
Just a heads up: ScoopListings is built and validated using the latest Internet standards. What we in the IT world call best practices and standards based. If you are using an old version of Internet Explorer (prior to IE 9) you most certainly will have problems viewing the site. That’s because of the famous Internet Explorer box model bug. This is a well known issue that refers to the way in which earlier versions of Internet Explorer handle the sizing of elements in a web page, which differs from the international internet standards recommended by the W3C (the issuing authority for internet standards and practices). Rather than backdate IE Microsoft is no longer supporting versions of IE prior to 9 and 10. If you are running such a version or are running Windows XP the only answer is to download Google Chrome (recommended) or Mozilla Firefox like millions of others. Apple users using IE or Safari will have no problems. The download for Chrome is at: http://www.google.com/chrome and Firefox is at: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/
Both of these browsers conform to W3C standards, take less than a minute to download and will retain all your IE settings (history, bookmarks, etc.) This is under the hood stuff but if you want a geek peek take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Explorer_box_model_bug to see what’s brain dead about IE. ScoopListings adheres to the strict W3C standards and the site can be validated as such. It doesn’t make sense to write code for something that is obsolete like IE. The only way to give the benefits of technology to the end user is to use the best technology available as defined by the industry standards authority. So upgrade your browsing experience (under 5 minutes) and enjoy the speed and richness you’ve been missing with IE. Google stock (GOOG) is at: $608.42 while Microsoft (MSFT) is at $30.08. Says it all….
Very good idea! Be matzliach
Strict adherence to standards != best practices, especially when it results in a large segment of your target market receiving a sub-optimum user experience.
I wish you much success in your endeavor, but please don’t perpetuate the idea that coding to only the current browser set is at all a best practice.
Look into real best practices like backwards & cross-browser compatibility, progressive enhancement & graceful degradation and responsive/adaptive design.
Finally, you might also consider something besides stock price when evaluating a company – Microsoft has split numerous times, something not factored into your simplistic analysis. Consider market capitalization, for instance — Google @ $157.1B & Microsoft $251.5B.
Good points! Except MS has been around since 1983 and Google since 1998 so if you do the growth math you get the real picture. MS has split but they also bombed and many folks lost money. My Google analytics shows more Chrome and Firefox than IE. Guess folks would rather have the speed and feature rich experience. Suit yourself if you want to use obsolete technology. When you say “Look into real best practices like backwards & cross-browser compatibility, progressive enhancement & graceful degradation and responsive/adaptive design” you really need to back up your buzzwords with some factual references from known certification authorities like W3C or CFR or ISO, etc. I’ve been in this business for over 30 years and have never compromised on technology. Winning CIO Magazine Most Valuable Application awards, Windows Magazine (that’s right, Windows) Top Ten Best, PC Magazine Editor’s Choice and a few Best of the Web Awards I’ll stick with what I know best, thank you. If you reply, please have the courage and decency to list your real name. I wish you well with HTML 5, XML, CSS, PHP, Java, etc., with your obsolete browser. I guess you’d rather have your clients pay you to spend weeks or months getting your code into obsolete technology when the end user can upgrade for free in less than 5 minutes.
I downloaded the Google Chrome, but still could not view the new site. Lots of x’s instead of pictures. I also did not like the different look. I guess I’m a creature of habit. Changed my default browser back to IE.
If anyone is having issues please email [email protected]. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
“Internet Explorer versions 6 and onward are not affected by the bug if the page contains certain HTML document type declarations.”
If your page includes a standards compliant doctype, the box model bug doesn’t effect you.
Much ‘ado about nothing…
ScoopListings does have the latest standards compliant doctype. If you looked at the source code in your browser you would have seen it as the first line of code. You left out the rest of the article that documents the IE bug. Not only do you quote out of context but you fail to mention that if you put a certain doctype as a comment before the proper one it forces IE to run in “quirks mode” which is a blind kludge for an acknowledged bug.
Would you mind telling all the readers what that means? And while your at it why don’t you tell us your name and stand behind your “facts”.
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Why is there only one photo of each house for sale? Wouldn’t more photos be better?
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