Sibcy Cline’s Website Earns Two Awards from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Sibcy Cline’s website – www.sibcycline.com – earned several awards recently from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LRECW) and their web quality certification (WQC) process.

Sibcy Cline’s website was submitted to receive re-certification for WQC and earned the certification in February 2019. This designation recognizes LRECW member websites that demonstrate best practices in a variety of critical areas relating to website performance, including usability, design, content, interactivity, customer service and mobile responsiveness. Participating websites are evaluated by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm. Sibcy Cline’s website was among 120 real estate sites to earn this certification.

Sibcy Cline’s website earned top marks for its usability, mobile responsiveness, design and content, SEO rankings and compliance.

Most Effective SEO Strategy Award
With the WQC certification process, Sibcy Cline also earned the honor of “Most Effective SEO Strategy.” Sibcy Cline’s website was noted for having a search engine optimization approach that makes it easy for consumers to find the website, with competitive positioning on popular search engines, unique content focusing on key markets, effective incorporation of social media and other tactics.

Overall Website Traffic Leader Award
Based on the WQC analysis, Sibcy Cline’s website earned a second honor of  “Overall Website Traffic Leader” for generating the most traffic from our site to the other affiliates of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network worldwide by offering local website visitors the opportunity to search for properties in other parts of the country and the world.

In 2018, http://www.sibcycline.com averaged:

  • 38,107 daily visit
  • 108,962 daily property detail views

Sibcy Cline’s website is the most-viewed local real estate website based on Alexa.com analytics.

Congratulations to the Sibcy Cline Technology Services team for earning these outstanding honors!

Smart-Home Technology – What Homeowners Want

Smart Phone Smart Home TechnologyIn today’s digital world we are connected to technology like never before. The day of using “the clapper(clap on, clap off) to turn lights off is over. Devices now allow us to control so many things in our homes – from thermostats to garage doors to slow cookers.

The convenience of a smart home is appealing to many home buyers. A recent survey reveals interesting insights about smart-home technology and what homeowners want.

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A survey published by the National Association of Realtors indicated while most homeowners (82 percent) are not asking real estate agents about smart homes, they are still very interested. Buyers want smart-home functions to provide them with these top benefits:

  • Security (81% deem this “very important” or “somewhat important”)
  • Privacy (75%)
  • Energy savings (78%)
  • Cost savings (77%)
  • Comfort (71%)

While homeowners are intrigued by the possibilities that smart products can provide, fewer than 50 percent could name even the most popular products such as Nest thermostats or tools offered by well-known brands like Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Products of Interest
While there are many smart products currently available and more coming to market each day. Here are some techie conveniences that are of interest:

Smart Locks
Smart locks do far more than let you in and out of your home. Today’s smart locks allow you to monitor who entering your home while you are away. Some models let you assign access privileges to friends, family members, contractors or others.

Many smart locks include a mobile or web app that lets you lock and unlock doors remotely a from a mobile device or computer. These apps allow you to set access privileges and some provide for voice activation or geofencing, which lets you set a perimeter that, when detected, locks or unlocks automatically.

Smart Lights
Homeowners can replace a basic incandescent light bulb with a smart, LED-equipped bulb controllable by smart phone, tablet or computer. These bulbs come in a standard white light or can change colors or brightness on the fly. Light beams can be dispersed broadly like a traditional bulb or narrowed to provide a focused beam. Bulbs can be scheduled to save on energy costs and brighten up the home when you arrive.

There are also devices that control your home’s outdoor lights. This would be very convenient during the holidays if you like to decorate with lights.

Smart Thermostats
One of the most popular early technologies, the smart thermostat, offers a lot of other good options for homeowners. Like smart lights, they help conserve energy by scheduling temperature changes for when homes are occupied. While some only control heating and cooling, modern models also manage ventilation and dehumidification systems. Others can analyze the habits of house usage and recommend settings to lower energy costs further.

Given that so many home buyers are still unaware of smart-home possibilities, giving them information is one of the most valuable things a real estate agent can do to help create even more value in their homes.

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Sibcy Cline’s Web Site Stats for 2017

Website_Jan2018.pngWhat a year 2017 has been for real estate. Many homes sold quickly for top dollar due to the low number of available homes for sale. Sibcy Cline’s website was very active throughout the year. Here is a breakdown of Sibcy Cline’s web stats for 2017:

Property Detail Page Views for 2017
The most important views on Sibcy Cline’s website are the pages with detailed information about individual properties for sale. Here is a synopsis of views on those pages for the year:

  • 40,082,753 “Property Detail” page views in 2017
  • 3,340,229 “Average Monthly Property Detail” page views
  • 24,939 “Average Daily Property Detail” page visitors 

Sessions/Visits for 2017
Sibcy Cline’s website had 14,613,056 sessions (or visits) throughout 2017. On average, there were 40,039 sessions/visits daily.

Other Stats for http://www.sibcycline.com

  • 515,017 “Saved Search” notification emails sent
  • 34,494 “Saved Listing” notification emails sent
  • 112,810 “HomeWatch” notifications sent
  • 39,883 “Email To A Friend” notifications sent

 

Sibcy Cline Agents have a Personalized Home Search App!

花火8What’s ’appening?! Sibcy Cline agents now have a personalized home-search app to share with clients, family and friends. This sophisticated real estate app allows users to easily preview properties with a variety of search methods. For those out looking at homes, the app has a GPS search capability to easily find nearby homes for sale, including open houses.

Users can set alerts to be notified of price changes on properties, when there is an open house or when a property enters the market. The app easily connects the user to their Sibcy Cline agent by phone, text or email.

To get the Sibcy Cline Agent Home Search app, the user can download it via a text or email from their favorite Sibcy Cline Agent.

A Sibcy Cline company version of this app is also available for download from iTunes and Google Play app stores.

New Directions and Proximity Mapping Tool on www.sibcycline.com

Sibcy Cline’s website now has a new directions and proximity mapping tool that features directions, number of driving miles as well as estimated drive time from a listed property to a desired location.

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To use the tool, a user simply needs to create an account from a listing detail page…

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…and click on “Saved Locations”.

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A registered user can add up to five address locations (work, school, etc.)

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We think this new tool will “move” people! It’s a great way to help potential buyers make decisions about what part of town they want to live. And for those who enjoy walking or biking, the map also features walking directions with estimated time to reach a destination.

Be sure to check out this new tool on Sibcy Cline’s website!

Sibcy Cline’s Website Earns Quality Certification for 2017

SplashPage_2017.pngSibcy Cline’s website has earned the Website Qualification Certification (WQC) for 2017 from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global community of 550 high-quality independent real estate firms. The certification was presented in recognition of excellence in website design and function.

Sibcy Cline’s website earned the certification after receiving high marks in a number of critical areas relating to website performance, including usability, design and content, interactivity, customer service and mobile responsiveness. The evaluation was conducted by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate Internet and social marketing firm selected to review the websites of participating members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

“We created the WQC to raise the bar in online marketing and recognize the companies that are demonstrating best practices with their websites,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “The companies that earned the WQC this year have not only mastered the technical components, but they have also shown superiority in providing highly local content, up-to-the-minute information on homes, and responsive customer service.”

Sibcy Cline’s website averages (depending upon time of year) between 26,000-45,000 daily visits with 77,000-145,000 listing pages viewed.

See a list of all WQC real estate companies here.