New self service virtual tour system launched for estate agents

Virtual tours for everyone There is no doubt now that virtual property tours are the perfect way to explore homes in a new world of social distancing. It also provides additional benefits to everyone, including saving on travelling time, having to clean up the home for every viewing, and giving buyers a better overview of the property 24/7. It is just the perfect way to compliment every listing.

With many virtual tour systems available on the market, cost and functionality differ between all of them. Our team has scratched their heads, and since we are used to building highly optimized & efficient systems, we are able to offer a free virtual tour platform for estate agents through our MyProperty platform.

Get started right now If you have a 360-degree camera, you can get started right away or even transfer your existing tours  by creating an account:

No camera? Check out this article for some suggestions and be sure to get a tripod…

Matterport 3D Tour - New areas to launch after lockdown

Now more than ever virtual tours will enhance your listing presentation by appealing to those who will continue to practice social distancing when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Matterport 3D tours can simply be added via a link in Base, OMS or Sync. Our systems will integrate your tour into your Flex website, and automatically send it to supporting portals like MyProperty South Africa, MyProperty Namibia, and Property24.

We have now teamed up with select virtual tour providers to offer exclusive Matterport 3D packages for our clients in the following areas:

KwaZulu Natal - Durban: From May 2020Eastern Cape - Port Elizabeth: From June Garden Route - George/Knysna and Mosselbay : June 2020
These will launch after lockdown as announced in our 'Business as (Un)usual' webinar and will join the other areas that we already service in Gauteng, and the Western Cape (Blouberg to Hermanus area)

You can order your virtual tour online

Simply log in to Base or the OMS, and on your listin…

Invitation Homes launches a dynamic new responsive website

Invitation Homes, a joint venture between the Rabie Property Group and Kloof Capital South Africa, recently launched a brand new responsive website powered by our industry-leading Flex framework.

Our team of highly skilled developers worked closely with the design team of Invitation Homes to create a custom-built Flex website for them.  The site is not only branded according to their corporate identity but is also armed with leading, custom-developed technology which will enable them to provide an online presence for their business. The website embraces responsive technology, secure browsing, and optimal UX design to deliver a unique browsing experience that is based on the latest design and industry trends. A lot of attention has been paid to make the property search experience as fast as possible.

The website’s custom-built search functionality allows a user to search according to the various developments in particular Cape Town areas owned by the groups, ensuring that visitors fin…

Business as (un)usual at Entegral with COVID-19 and a national shutdown

Dear Clients,

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a damper on economic activity and have now resulted in a national lockdown in South Africa to help save lives. This will undoubtedly have a direct impact on the real estate market and agents specifically. Business as usual has been disrupted and working from home is the new normal for everyone in the next few weeks.

At Entegral business operations continue as normal. We've been operating a remote work force for the past 5 years so there is no disruption in our service to you. Our team is actively busy working on new features and tweaking existing systems as usual.

Recently, our South African partner portals have stepped up to assist agents as follows:
Property24 will not charge for services for the month of April;Private Property will reduced subscription fees by 25% for 3 months;Property360 has recently partnered with Entegral to offer a reduced subscription fee for a new account; Although Entegral would love to…

9 ways Base helps your agents work remotely

Working remotely from home is the new normal for now. At Entegral we've been working remotely for the past 5 years and understand the challenges and opportunities this presents. For a start, you need systems that promote the work-from-home environment, and this is how we've designed Base. Let's look at how the system can help your agents work remotely:
1. Secure access to unlimited file storage from anywhere There are many great solutions like Google Drive that provides file-sharing capabilities. But what if you are looking for something simple, that is secure, doesn't cost you extra, is integrated into your existing systems and available from your web browser?

Base has a nifty document library that provides unlimited storage of office files. You can create folders and upload templates, marketing material, OTP's and more. The office document library provides access to files for all your agents from any device. Users with administrator access have full access to upl…

Google announces mobile first indexing for the whole web, is your real estate website ready?

Most real estate searches today starts on mobile, so it makes sense to have a mobile optimised website for your visitors. So much so that in 2016 Google started including mobile friendliness as a ranking factor and also started advising of upcoming changes on how it crawls and indexes websites.

Now Google has just made a big announcement: it's going to default to mobile 1st indexing for the entire web:

In their announcement, Google again clearly highlights their recommendation for running a responsive website:

"...While we continue to support various ways of making mobile websites, we recommend responsive web design for new websites. We suggest not using separate mobile URLs (often called "m-dot") because of issues and confusion we've seen over the years, both from search engines and users...."

How to check if your real estate website is responsive

What is a responsive website? …

The new MyProperty Namibia is coming

The Entegral team is busy with a major revamp on Namibia's #1 property portal, MyProperty Namibia. We aim to improve all aspects of  the user experience on the new website and drive more quality leads to our clients.

Here is a sneak peek of the property search. It uses Google's Place search (the same you will find in Google Maps) to search for property around any location including street, suburb or point of interest.

We are also inviting clients and the public to suggest improvements.
Click here to suggest ideas on where you'd like to see the portal improved, we welcome all feedback!

Namibia estate agents can update their listings to MyProperty via Base.