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Reflecting on 3 years and 100% uptime with our Flex real estate websites

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post by Adriaan GrovĂ©, Entegral Founder Back in 2018 we launched our 2nd generation Flex platform, internally called the  Flex Template Language .   Today we take a look back at the major upgrades, the way forward, and how this was all done by a small, dedicated Entegral team. We had several goals: Develop the industry's most flexible ( no pun intended ) platform for building real estate websites, giving clients and front-end developers creative freedom with design and integrations. Provide unmatched reliability through 100% uptime and a consistent experience, no matter where you are in the world. Ensure lower cost of ownership for clients by implementing strategies that include predictable costs and lower development fees. The ability to link Listing CRM systems (including Base ) to power websites. Develop websites that are highly optimised for speed and SEO, while providing the industry best security. Easy to implement in any country. Open up this platform to external developers

Small website updates required for your real estate office? Flex has you covered

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Sometimes there is small content or other updates you'd like to apply to your Flex real estate website  - and now it has become easier (and budget-friendly!) Requests for minor changes will be evaluated by our team and if the work involves less than 15min of our time , we will do this free of charge. These requests will be queued in a lower priority work queue but can potentially save you a few bucks. If you'd like to do a small update on your website, simply email our Helpdesk, and our team will evaluate and quote the work if necessary.  Frequent updates required? Our latest-generation Flex websites (sites launched after 2018) provides the ability to integrate an  Airtable  database to power your content in innovative new ways, as explained here .  This is perfect for pages or sections like area articles you want to update frequently through an easy-to-use interface. Other content updates like Agent details, Office details, Property Listings, News, etc can be done as usual, th

Free live virtual tour time minutes for Entegral clients

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 Entegral Tours provides a free 360-degree virtual tour solution for estate agents .  The recent live guided virtual tours update takes it even further by allowing you to host virtual tours with clients, essentially taking them on a guided tour through a home with video and voice guidance included. This not only saves on travel costs but makes for more efficient and safer property viewings. Get your free guided tour minutes If you are an Entegral Base, Sync, Flex, or OMS client we are now sponsoring a limited number of free minutes. Simply email us at support@entegral.net before with the virtual tour email address you use and we will add 300 minutes of free live guided tour time to your account. Free minutes are given to the 1st x20 users on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are not already using Entegral Tours check it out or register here . When you use the Tour system it is easy to monitor the live guided tour minutes you have left on the dashboard, as per the sample screen

How to keep your real estate home office running during loadshedding on a budget

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Loadshedding in South Africa is a reality we all need to deal with and can impact your productivity if you don't have access to your computer or internet. While there are  many high-end battery backup  and solar options available, for those on a slightly tighter budget look at our recommendations below. Power your internet You will need a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) to power your internet router. There are many options available , but if you are looking for something with a small form factor to keep your WiFi router on, we can recommend this Vizia mini UPS . If you have fibre-to-home you can also power the ONT (Optical Network Terminal) device with the same UPS using the splitter cable. It recharges when the power is on and will keep your internet on through load shedding: Make your laptop more power-efficient Most agents use laptops, tablets, and phones to conduct business. If you are looking to buy a laptop, look for one with a  solid-state drive  (SSD). They consume less b

Happy Holidays from all of us at Entegral

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Happy  holidays ! It goes without saying that 2020 has been a roller coaster, but  thankfully it’s time to slow down the pace; enjoy warm, lazy days on the beach (or not :-); luckily we live in a country that has so much to offer - so if the beach is not on your to-do list this year, we hope you get to explore places that you've never been before. As this is the last blog post that we'll do this year, we want to end it off on a personal note to thank all our clients who stuck with us this year.  All kinds of challenges were thrown our and your way - and seem like we're still not out of the woods yet - but without your loyal support and every bit of effort, we would not have been able to keep our systems running.   It was our goal at the beginning of 2020 and it will be the goal again in 2021; to give the real estate market the most innovative real estate technology.  And, to be clear and transparent in all that we do.  The relationships that we've built over the last co

How to create unlimited virtual tours using Entegral Tours

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With the recent launch of Entegral's Tours virtual tour solution, real estate agents now have the opportunity to not only take advantage of creating unlimited virtual tours but also host live guided tours of their virtual tours. This begs the question - how do I capture a virtual tour for my listings? For some real estate agents, getting a photographer involved that has access to a 360-degree camera is the obvious solution. However, for others getting hands-on and doing it themselves is an exciting prospect - and we are here to tell you that it is possible without needing to sell an arm or a leg! The equipment The camera Just like there are different levels of cameras, there are different levels of 360-degree cameras - each to suit your budget. Since we want to ensure that no agent is left behind we are going to look at the best value for money camera - The Ricoh Theta SC and V 360 cameras. The Ricoh Theta SC is a compact device for creating 360° spherical imagery. The unique, dual

Introducing live guided virtual tours for real estate agents

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  We are proud to announce the launch of our new standalone virtual tour platform at tours.entegral.net . Earlier this year we launched a prototype virtual tour platform on MyProperty  and the positive feedback from agents prompted us to create a standalone tour platform that will not only receive continuous enhancements but also compliment our other products: Base , Sync , and Flex . The new Entegral Tours platform is available worldwide and accepts automated signup and payment via credit card. We provide free Entegral branded tours and agents can easily upgrade to a paid branded and unlimited virtual tour package. Reimagine property viewings with live guided tours Today we are proud to announce  the launch of a new way to do property viewings . We've fused the personal touch of agents into virtual tours with live video feeds and remote guidance. This makes virtual tours more personal, with clients able to ask questions while the agent guides them through a home in real time. The