New HouseKat website - Completed!

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com 10301213186

New HouseKat website - Completed!

One of my major goals in 2016 was to implement a new web site for my business. I already had one that I developed myself using the Wordpress.org free platform. It was sufficient for my blogging efforts, but not for my real estate business. While I had received over 200K views on my broken ankle posts, I had very little real estate activity (which was my original website intention) so I was in desperate need of a redo.

screen-shot-2016-08-08-at-1-52-18-pmAs can be seen on the left, the site I developed myself was, to be honest, well intentioned but kind of half a$$ed. I had a link to my IDX feed which is where buyers or sellers would go to look at current housing inventory. But I didn't know exactly what to do with that link. After quite a bit of effort, I was able to make some buttons (on the left under the picture) which would allow people to search for listings. When they clicked on the button, though, they went to a confusing looking page that did not make searching easy.

I had no idea how to get buyers or sellers to sign up for automatic listing alerts. Also, I didn't know how to organize everything so they could find what they were looking for. And what about linking to my own listings? That functionality did not exist on my site. I knew I needed a better product for the HouseKat's real estate needs!

Because I had no idea how to make the improvements myself, I reached out to someone who does know. I contacted Tammy and Tim Emineth of Personal SEO. They are focused on helping others increase their online presence, which is exactly what I wanted to do.screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-10-01-44-am

After listening to my needs, they came up with the new design and site. Buyers and sellers can now easily search for new listings and contact me. They can see my featured listings. Finding out information about all the areas I service is simple. And, when buyers or sellers click on a specific community, they will be able to see homes for sale in just that area. If you want to see the site, you can click on the image on the right to check it out.

I am still working on making improvements to my posts, specifically to make them more SEO friendly (so search engines can find them). In addition, I want to provide more information specifically focused on what buyers or sellers would need to know. And I need to provide links to this website in all my real estate materials. But while work is still needed in improving my content, I can safely check off one of my 2016 goals - implementing a new HouseKat website.screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-9-42-04-am

If you have any suggestions for improvements, feel free to contact me at kat@thehousekat.com!

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

428 Main Street

Armonk, NY 10504 *

* still supporting Monroe NY, Orange & Rockland counties.

 

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email: kat@thehousekat.com

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Grant Schneider
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Hi Kat - congratulations on getting it done.  I am on my second and soon to have my third. They need frequent updates. 

Dec 21, 2016 12:02 PM #6
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Gabe Sanders
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Congrats on the new site, Kat.  Looks great and you picked the right people to help design it with you.

Dec 21, 2016 04:42 PM #7
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Kathleen Daniels
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You made a wise choice in hiring Tammy Emineth.  

Tammy and Tim have done work for me. I do recommend them.   While these days I do prefer to do things myself ... there are times when I need help and I reach out to them. I'd be willing to bet they did not break your bank account either.  Just sayin' ........ a website should not cost $10,000 ... which some pretenders charge and some suckers will pay.

Congratulations Kat Palmiotti 

Dec 21, 2016 05:18 PM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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Jeff - I hope so also but I do have some work to do on part first!

Larry/Sheila - Thank you!

Rebecca - You have that right!

Grant - They do indeed

Gabe - I think I did as well.

Kathleen - This did not break the bank at all. They were a great choice.

Dec 21, 2016 05:39 PM #9
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Ed Silva
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Congratulations on the new site.  From it's simple design it should also be mobile friendly which is the current style accepted

Dec 21, 2016 06:04 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kat, I know my limitations and know what I am good at... you are braver than me... I just paid Website Developers from Day one and in 20+ years I had four:)Endre

Dec 21, 2016 06:51 PM #11
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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That is an ambitious project and always seems to be  a work in progress...all the best of the season and new year to you !

Dec 23, 2016 03:48 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
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Best wishes for continued success with your new website.

Have a great Friday evening and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Dec 23, 2016 05:05 PM #13
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Scott Godzyk
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I like the new look Kat Palmiotti , it is something I need to do and find it a little over whelming to tackle without having to pay big bucks

Dec 24, 2016 09:39 AM #14
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Mark Loewenberg
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awesome and best wishes with the new site this year!.. uh next year that is!

Dec 24, 2016 12:03 PM #15
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Lou Ludwig
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Kat

Your new website is looking good.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 24, 2016 08:19 PM #16
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Thank you for the plug Kat!! Really appreciate it! :) Glad you love your site.

Dec 27, 2016 09:14 AM #17
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Kathy Streib
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Kat- good for you for upgrading your website and for choosing Tammy Emineth to help you.  Tammy is always sharing helpful information with us on AR. 

Dec 27, 2016 05:06 PM #18
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Debbie Reynolds
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What a great looking site, Kat. I know the investment will be worth it and make your business run smoother.

Dec 27, 2016 07:25 PM #19
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Congratulations Kat, it looks very nice.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
Wishing you all the best now and through the new year.
Bob, Sally & family.

Dec 27, 2016 09:26 PM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
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Ed - I agree!

Endre - In a past career, I developed databases for my group. I love that stuff!

Sally/David - Best wishes to you as well!

Roy - Thank you! I wish you the best as well.

Lou - Thank you.

Tammy - I do indeed!

Kathy - She and Tim were great.

Debbie - Thank you! It's a lot more professional.

Bob - Thank you for your warm wishes, and thanks to Sally & Family as well!

Scott - This one didn't cost big bucks.

Mark - Thank you for your next year wishes!

Dec 28, 2016 03:25 AM #21
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Sharon Tara
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You new site looks great! I hope it brings in lots of business in 2017!

Dec 29, 2016 12:34 PM #22
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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Some of the biggest improvements we make are when we start with being honest with ourselves.  Well done Kat !  mark

Jan 22, 2017 04:01 PM #23
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Kat Palmiotti
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Sharon - Thank you!

Mark - Thank you also. I try my darnest to always be honest with myself (and others)

Jan 22, 2017 04:05 PM #24
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I'm glad you reached out to Tammy Emineth. It's about time for a refresh Kat Palmiotti . My IT guy is a real nag about refresh....

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