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3.5 Billion Users Were Stranded When the Facebook Network Went Down2021-10-12T19:09:53+00:00

“I just use my Facebook page as my site.” is how nightmares begin.

If an on-the-fence lead decides “I’m going to reach out to that agent,” they need to be able to look you up easily even if your Facebook page goes down. Social Media brands come and go (MySpace, Vine & Periscope – do you even remember them?), but your own website remains your ultimate online storefront.

#1 – Your Own Website Is The Most Important Online Presence Tool!

Every business needs their own website, independent of any SM. Here are some things that your website can deliver if designed properly, that a fleeting social media network cannot:

Things that Facebook & Instagram Are Great For

  • Steady & constant content for brand awareness (under the Social Network’s branding, albeit)
  • Great at sharing open houses, new listings & other activity.
  • Direct and indirect traffic to your website (the end-goal)
  • Increase your reach through engagements (likes, shares, comments) to meet people you never would have!

Things that are better, or only possible on, Your Website

#2 – Your website is your own benefit – nobody else’s interests!

Any social media network is designed to keep users on their platforms longer for their own revenues. While it is a great platform for businesses to promote their brands on, always remember that Facebook is looking out for Facebook’s interest first, not yours

You own your domain. With the right website platform & web designer(s), you can get a website that is 100% built for your interests and tailored to your business model – no more conflict of interest!

#3 – Never Put Your Eggs in One Basket – Don’t Forget Other Networks!

Influencers who fail to diversify their exposure between different social media channels run into more hard times & regrets. Take these lessons to know that every business needs to take care of their digital well-being all around to be more successful.

#4 – How Do You Contact Leads & Clients if networks crash? Get #s and emails!

If that new lead isn’t in your CRM, you risk losing a deal. It’s easy to DM somebody over Instagram, until it goes down. Whenever possible, after the initial contact is made, get an email address & a phone number if possible. Having alternative contact methods and an organized lead tracking system can prevent losing deals.

#5 – Treat All Social Networks As a Gateway To Your Own Website

Postings & descriptions with links back to your website all serve to bring more traffic and increase your ranking on Google in the long run. This is the best long-term strategy to getting more business online. Social media traffic requires to to forever commit the work, while Google rankings have much longer permanence.

#5 – Treat All Social Networks As a Gateway To Your Own Website

Postings & descriptions with links back to your website all serve to bring more traffic and increase your ranking on Google in the long run. This is the best long-term strategy to getting more business online. Social media traffic requires to to forever commit the work, while Google rankings have much longer permanence.

Diversifying the social presence is a good idea.

Many agents have found success using Tiktok, while Twitter can still serve as a great backlink tool. Just like a balanced stock portfolio, or a holistic approach to well-being, diversification to bring more traffic to your website (the end goal) is the best long-term approach – never rely on just one or two networks.

How We Build High-Performing Real Estate Websites Just For You!

Measurable Performance & Human Psychology As A Foundation

Brixwork’s websites are geared towards better lead generation & conversion. Studies show that short forms without gated content are more effective, and our easy contact forms deliver exactly that. We analyzed what styles of pages keep visitors longer, clicking more, and increase the odds of filling out the email form – and we build our sites accordingly.

Brand-Consistency & Beauty are first & foremost, because looks matter!

One of the most important thing for any real estate website is the brand consistency. The better your website & print media/signage match, the more memorable your brand becomes – also known as “Brand Awareness”. Our custom websites can be perfectly tailored to look exactly the way it should, and we offer boutique agency-grade branding services for Realtors/brokerages/presales!

Real-Estate Specific Framework from Ground Up To Save You Time

You deserve better than a cookie-cutter system like WordPress. The Brixwork system was built just for Real estate from day 1, and managing listings & photos, presales/buildings and agent profiles is easy. It gives you the right amount of control where you need it, while the visuals & structures are perfectly finessed by our design/coding team for you.

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    Brixwork Version 4.574 For Better Analytics2021-05-05T18:06:19+00:00

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    Track On-Site Behaviour Better with Google Analytics G4

    Prior to this upgrade, the G4 tracking tag had to be manually and fully entered into the header Javascript block – this is no longer the case. Our analytics code system has been upgraded to gracefully  handle both Universal Analytics (older version with property IDs starting with UA-) and the new G4 (cutting edge with property IDs starting with G-). Lead form send actions tracking is successful, and we intend to implement more advanced tracking such as MLS® or building/presale map search load & triggers. G4 also tracks on-page scroll behaviour – page views are no longer the only engagement metric that shows how interesting your page is!

    Bigger & Better QR Codes

    Did you know our websites always offered a quick & easy one-click solution to generating QR codes that sent visitors straight to the listing detail page? We improved it even further by expanding the size of the QR codes from 150px wide to 450px wide, making it easier to print & distribute on larger formats. With the rise of QR codes during (and after) the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a tool that will help real estate agents drive even more traffic to their websites.

    Better Support for HoodQ Widgets

    We upgraded our core to enable HoodQ installation on each site a breeze. HoodQ widgets offer a quick & easy summary of schools, parks & other critical lifestyle amenities near any listing. We are offering the installation of the free widget with a small one-time installation fee with a full security/speed check-up added as a bonus!

    Lead Email Send Module Upgraded

    Our lead form emails are much more sophisticated than what meets the eye – it uses an industrial grade email distribution system trusted by many companies such as Uber, AirBNB and more. We upgraded our integration to Sendgrid’s newest standard’s so that future email security changes have almost zero chance of impacting deliverability. Bringing you leads, after all, is our ultimate purpose!

    Property Type & photo modules Cleaned up on Select MLS® Feeds

    Recreational properties, land-only and commercial/business real estate listings on select CREA DDF based MLS® integrations have been improved. Tillsonburg (ON), Kelowna, Ottawa and Halifax feeds were upgraded! The Kamloops (BC) feed (which also covers Merritt, BC) has been completely re-coded to the new RETS IDX specs (moving on from the archaic FTP based feed) to enable more frequent sync of new listing & photos.

    Other Upgrades Over The Past Few Weeks

    • Instagram feed fetch module has increased timeout in case the API responds slower, reducing the odd of errors or faulty hits

    • Rental listing availability module bug fixed (if the date was before the current date, the display would break)

    • Invisible ReCaptcha bug fixed on Yaletown 2.0 contact forms for more consistent human verification

    • Faster mobile/thumb image compression, saving several hundred milliseconds per image (sounds like little, but it adds up when you’re uploading 40 photos).

    • Commercial listing lease rate display modules cleaned up for better $-per-sqft & monthly/annual net rate display

    • Blank city bug fixed on the Tillsonburg (CREA DDF) MLS® feed

    • Agent profile page meta description improved for better Google™ crawling

    • Removal of Google+ (a failed social media network by Google™) from agent modules

    • Removal of many old files no longer needed to reduce bloat on our system

    • Upgrade of many software modules to newer & more secure versions (will spare you the details as there are too many to list)

    • Upgrade MLS® search for REBGV, FVREB & CADREB to better handle Condo/Penthouse/Loft searches

    • Image upload, crop & compression modules made more secure against 3rd party load/hotlinking

    • Den & Flex fields enabled in addition to bed/bath fields (available on new builds only, not available on all MLS® jurisdictions)

    Upcoming Upgrades for our Real Estate Platform

    • See how many views (and where they came from) each listing had within your own ADMIN screen via a native Google Analytics integration via API.

    • Faster page load time & lowered server pressure through utilization of better cache systems and newest server modules (will not disclose details due to security reasons)

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      Hiring – A Content Curator & Social Media Manager Position2021-09-22T22:48:22+00:00

      We are looking for A Content & Social Media Marketer to help our clients, and manage our social presence

      Having a beautifully designed website goes a long way. Having great content added to it, as well as supplementing it with social media marketing, helps it go the extra distance that it needs to truly perform well for our real estate agents. Our own social media needs a lot of work to maintain as well.

      We have an opening for an entry level content & social marketer position opening up.

      Does the following describe you?

      • Eager to explore the digital, social media marketing world and discover your potentials
      • Want to build a foundation of solid marketing & communications in the real estate field
      • Able to understand key messages and iterate in many different ways
      • Articulate, detail-oriented, research-driven, accurate
      • Sharp with numbers & statistics and reading reports
      • Able to schedule & manage multiple clients & internal work on a cycle
      • Can have fun working with clients input and collaborating with colleagues
      • Creative in thinking up different ways to position concepts & taglines
      • Quick at learning new skills on new software and understanding numbers at a glance

      The chosen candidate will be working out of our Gastown studio in Downtown Vancouver. Foreign contractors need not apply as we have a very strict policy of our entire workforce operating out of our Vancouver Headquarters. This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

      About This New Position

      • Prepare, write and publish written content (including blog articles) related to real estate listings & new presales

      • Utilize photography, infographics, headings & utilities to enhance content visuals

      • Publish the links to content/blog posts (or both) on clients’ social media outlets

      • Perform content-level Search Engine Optimization (meta tags & keywords)

      • Manage our internal social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

      • Prepare, write, edit and publish email newsletters in conjunction with listings or blog posts

      • Maintain advertisement campaigns and generate reports

      Technical Knowledge & Skills

      • Social media platforms knowledge (Facebook, Instagram)

      • High level of written and spoken English skills

      • Understand cloud drives and docs such as Google Drive/Docs/Sheets and Dropbox

      • Basic knowledge of HTML an asset (this is not a coding role, however)

      • Quick with numbers, stats and math

      • Mailchimp and WordPress knowledge is a bonus (but not mandatory)

      Experience & Qualifications

      • Team-oriented work experience in any office or retail environment (min 6 months)

      • Legally able to work in Canada

      • Attention to detail with ability to proof-read

      • Task prioritization and deadline-oriented mindset

      • Open to learning new softwares and being resourceful to find answers

      What We Offer

      • Full time employment in a dynamic, fast-paced team!

      • $18/hr probation period (first 3 months), to be bumped to $21/hr + benefits

      • Performance based bonuses from SEO & Ad Management Campaigns and pay-grade change upon periodic

      • Opportunity to learn & grow in a Vancouver-based start-up with years of operation history.

      • Free coffee, lattes & tea all day long, plus ice cream in the summer, chocolate in the winter!

      • 27″ iMac + 22″ monitor dedicated workstation provided with an amazing keyboard/mouse set and your own headset

      How To Apply

      • Please send your applications by email to jeff@brixwork.com (or apply directly on our Indeed posting)!

      • Include your resume & brief cover letter

      • The email subject must contain “Content & Social Media Marketer”

      • Do not phone – if you call us, you will automatically be disqualified.

      • Attach samples of your business writing or other communication you wrote

      How Brixwork 4.5 Brings You More Traffic With Faster MLS® Sync2021-02-23T22:20:20+00:00

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      How Brixwork 4.5 Brings You More Traffic

      In August we tested version 4.5 of the Brixwork Real Estate Website platform. It enabled more frequent MLS® syncs in most of the boards we cover (excludes any real estate board data supplied by CREA DDF). This has been launched in September 2019, and we are excited to share the details behind it!

      . . .

      How Does This Help Our MLS® Reciprocity Subscribers?

      New content loaded frequently means your website is more up to date. This results in Google™ increasing the crawl frequency of your website. Ultimately this leads to your website showing up on more search results, at higher rank positions, for street/address/neighbourhood searches!

      More Relevant Google Traffic leads to More high-quality Leads!

      The Brixwork platform always allowed our Realtors® to live-query any listings by MLS # to quickly feature their own listings within minutes of it going live. The rest of the listings were synced 3~4 times a day. This has been improved to almost every hour during the day & early evening (12+ syncs per day).

      Other Upgrades For Even Better Performance

      Further optimizations have been made throughout the system for even better performance faster load-times, and better listing photo sync.

      • Photo storage and timestamping improved for all MLS® regions – smarter storage, faster load times, reduced bandwidth!

      • Smarter global cache systems mean listings & photos load even faster than before, especially for repeat customers!

      • Improved the sync mechanism to reduce bandwidth & delays by over 9x for every MLS® region.

      • Increased default photo size for TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board) listings.

      • Optimized file storage mechanisms & sizes to reduce overflow storage (cost savings passed onto you – our monthly fees have increased only once in 3+ years so far).

      • MLS® Sync logging mechanism improved to handle the increased load and allow easier troubleshooting in case there are issues.

      • WordPress core version 5.2.3 has just been released, and websites with Blogs will be automatically upgraded (if not done already).

      Always Be Better Than Yesterday

      This is one of the mottos we live by, and the ongoing investment of time and resources by our team is our way of living up to our words while delivering better value to all of our loyal (and newly onboarding) clients.

      The degree of expansion & improvements could not be possible without the great infrastructure that Amazon Web Services provides us! We are proud to be on the best cloud in the world, enabling us to work faster than ever to deliver better performance to our real estate professionals.

       

      Jeff Kee & The Development Team

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        Hiring – Office Admin & Customer Support Position (Full-Time Permanent)2021-09-01T04:29:58+00:00

        We are looking to fill an Office Administrator/Customer Support Role!

        This position has been filled. Thank you for your applications & interest.

        Start Date: 2021-08-XX (ASAP!)

        We have an opening for an entry level office admin & customer support agent, and here’s what we need help with:

        Does the following describe you?

        • Meticulously organized & disciplined.
        • Like to keep clean spreadsheets & records.
        • Accurately log & maintain invoices/payments as well as expenses (essential book keeping).
        • Eager to help & provide communication between clients and production team.
        • Able to meet monthly task cycles & deadlines.
        • Have a good handle of written & spoken English (other languages are an asset but not mandatory).
        • Able to think quickly and act on variety of situations to deliver results & keep things on track.
        • Quick at learning new skills on new software and understanding numbers at a glance.

        The chosen candidate will be working out of our Gastown studio in Downtown Vancouver. Foreign contractors need not apply as we have a very strict policy of our entire workforce operating out of our Vancouver Headquarters. This is a full-time position IN OFFICE (not a remote position), Monday through Friday, 9-to-5 standard hours.

        Your Primary Duties

        • Handle inbound inquiries via phone or email from new and existing clients

        • Disperse & assign emails as they come in to the right staff/department

        • Organize new projects/tasks into our project management platform

        • Create new invoices, recurring monthly invoices & incidental invoices

        • Track & log payments, collections, and account suspensions for delinquent accounts

        • Provide content entry & photo upload support for websites

        • Provide basic (non-technical) tech support for clients

        • Provide executive assistant services on occasion for the CEO

        • Log expenses and supplier invoices (book keeping) so that our records are ready for the accountant for tax filings

        Technical Knowledge & Skills

        • Comfortable with basic software (spreadsheets & word processing)

        • High level of written and spoken English skills

        • Understand cloud drives and docs such as Google Drive/Docs/Sheets and Dropbox

        • Basic sense of invoices & receivables (payment & collection)

        • Comfortable with basic numbers & math

        • Well organized and able to track multiple tasks/projects at once

        Experience & Qualifications

        • Team-oriented work experience in any office or retail environment (min 3 months)

        • Legally able to work in Canada with permit or resident/citizen status

        • Attention to detail with ability to proof-read and awareness of policies & business objectives

        • Able to handle complaints and difficult situation with clients with professionalism & agility

        • Open to learning new softwares and being resourceful to find answers

        What We Offer

        • Full time employment in a dynamic, fast-paced team!

        • $18/hr (3 months probation), to be bumped to $21/hr ($40,950/yr) + benefits

        • Performance based bonuses (collection ratio, error-free invoice ratios are some of the target metrics)

        • Opportunity to learn & grow in a Vancouver-based start-up with years of operation history.

        • Free coffee, lattes & tea all day long, plus ice cream in the summer, chocolate in the winter!

        • 27″ iMac + 22″ monitor dedicated workstation provided with an amazing keyboard/mouse set and your own headset

        How To Apply

        • Please send your applications through our InDeed.com posting, or by email to jeff@brixwork.com!

        • Include your resume & brief cover letter

        • The email subject must contain “Office Admin & Customer Support”

        • Do not phone – if you call us, you will automatically be disqualified.

        • References from previous employers or post-secondary professors

        Hiring – Office Admin & Customer Support Position (Maternity Leave Contract)2019-02-15T02:19:47+00:00

        This position has been filled. Thank you for your applications!

        We are looking to fill an Office Admin & Customer Support Agent for a Maternity Leave

        This is a maternity leave fill-in position, valid for 10 to 12 months, depending on when the incumbent staff member chooses to return. If the current staff member who’s about to go on maternity leave chooses to NOT return to the position, there is a possibility of extending the position to a permanent full-time role.

        Start Date: 2018-01-21

        We have an opening for an entry level office admin & customer support agent, and here’s what we need help with:

        Does the following describe you?

        • Meticulously organized & disciplined.
        • Like to keep clean spreadsheets & records.
        • Enjoy keeping invoices/payments tracked with precision
        • Eager to help & provide communication between clients and production team
        • Able to meet monthly task cycles & deadlines
        • Have a good handle of written & spoken English
        • Quick at learning new skills on new software and understanding numbers at a glance

        The chosen candidate will be working out of our Gastown studio in Downtown Vancouver. Foreign contractors need not apply as we have a very strict policy of our entire workforce operating out of our Vancouver Headquarters. This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, 9-to-5 standard hours.

        Your Primary Duties

        • Handle inbound inquiries via phone or email from new and existing clients

        • Disperse & assign emails as they come in to the right staff/department

        • Organize new projects/tasks into our project management platform

        • Create new invoices, recurring monthly invoices & incidental invoices

        • Track & log payments, collections, and account suspensions for delinquent accounts

        • Provide content entry & photo upload support for websites

        • Provide basic (non-technical) tech support for clients

        • Provide executive assistant services on occasion for the CEO

        Technical Knowledge & Skills

        • Comfortable with basic software (spreadsheets & word processing)

        • High level of written and spoken English skills

        • Understand cloud drives and docs such as Google Drive/Docs/Sheets and Dropbox

        • Basic sense of invoices & receivables (payment & collection)

        • Comfortable with basic numbers & math

        • Well organized and able to track multiple tasks/projects at once

        Experience & Qualifications

        • Team-oriented work experience in any office or retail environment (min 6 months)

        • Legally able to work in Canada

        • Attention to detail with ability to proof-read

        • Able to handle complaints and difficult situation with clients with professionalism and strict adherence to policy

        • Open to learning new softwares and being resourceful to find answers

        What We Offer

        • Full time employment in a dynamic, fast-paced team!

        • $16/hr probation period (first 3 months), to be bumped to $18/hr + benefits

        • Performance based bonuses and pay-grade change upon periodic

        • Opportunity to learn & grow in a Vancouver-based start-up with years of operation history.

        • Free coffee, lattes & tea all day long, plus ice cream in the summer, chocolate in the winter!

        • 27″ iMac + 22″ monitor dedicated workstation provided with an amazing keyboard/mouse set and your own headset

        How To Apply

        • Please send your applications by email to jeff@brixwork.com!

        • Include your resume & brief cover letter

        • The email subject must contain “Office Admin & Customer Support”

        • Do not phone – if you call us, you will automatically be disqualified.

        • References from previous employers or post-secondary professors

        Open House & Buildings/Presales Search Overhauls on Version 4.452020-09-21T19:27:09+00:00

        Our System Evolves With The Real Estate Market

        This round of upgrades showcase major focus on helping buyers’ find suitable listings easier on our clients’ websites. Software upgrades are more than just functionality – it’s about being mindful of what our clients’ needs are as they shift.

        Our last major upgrade to finalize our move to the AWS cloud has springboarded us for even more enhancements to the Brixwork system, and version 4.45 packs some amazing new features to help our real estate pros gain more business.

        . . .

        More Buyers’ Activity, especially in Vancouver & GVRD

        2018 – Over the summer, and into September, we’ve observed that the number of transactions plunged by roughly 40% across Metro Vancouver compared to previous years. While market conditions are out of our control (as well as our top-notch real estate agents), how we respond to such changes is what defines the winners and losers in the changing real estate market.

        The most critical upgrades in version 4.45 revolve around catering to buyers’ ease of search.

        Open House Search Module Added with Share-Friendly URLs

        You can narrow your MLS® search results to listings with open houses coming up! This has been added to the Fairview template, and the Main Street template is next. Better yet, the URL is modified so that sharing the live search results on social media or by email is simple and easy for all parties, and Google can pick up the …/openhouse/city-… portion in the URL along with the city & neighbourhoods for better search engine performance.

        This sample page of Kerrisdale listings with an open house this coming weekend (November 3 & 4) demonstrates this new functionality. Try sharing this page on Facebook, and see how well the title & preview image of a sample home in Kerrisdale show up!

        Open House Search Module Added with Share-Friendly URLs

        You can narrow your MLS® search results to listings with open houses coming up! This has been added to the Fairview template, and the Main Street template is next. Better yet, the URL is modified so that sharing the live search results on social media or by email is simple and easy for all parties, and Google can pick up the …/openhouse/city-… portion in the URL along with the city & neighbourhoods for better search engine performance.

        This sample page of Kerrisdale listings with an open house this coming weekend (November 3 & 4) demonstrates this new functionality. Try sharing this page on Facebook, and see how well the title & preview image of a sample home in Kerrisdale show up!

        Try it yourself

        This sample page of Kerrisdale listings with an open house this coming weekend (November 3 & 4) demonstrates this new functionality. Try sharing this page on Facebook, and see how well the title & preview image of a sample home in Kerrisdale show up!

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        Faster & More Agile Presales & Buildings Search Module

        The deep-level engineering upgrades on our presales & buildings Google Maps™ Search module is quite incredible – we’ll save you the nerdy talk and summarize the new features:

        • Faster loading time when switching pages, or zooming in/out.

        • Better cluster handling where the results are dense – this happens often in dense city cores such as Vancouver West and Downtown Presale Searches

        • Better mobile search form with slide-out function
        • Improved scrolling and tapping functions on mobile devices

        Nest Presale Search Module

        Nest Presale Search Module

        Sharing MLS Searches on Facebook Never Looked Better

        When sharing MLS® search results of all varieties, the main image used to share can make or break the # of clicks that you induce. We fixed some bugs that made this behaviour inconsistent (would fall back to the logo occasionally) and also upgraded the system to look for 2nd and 3rd listing’s photos if the 1st listing doesn’t have a photo yet (which is often the case when brand new MLS® search results are shared).

        Other Technical Updates In The Core (inside the Matrix)

        Working with Paragon & REBGV IDX feed issues & upgrades

        A recent change in metadata from the Paragon MLS® IDX system caused issues not only for Brixwork’s integration but with several other providers. Our coding team worked with the real estate board technicians to help iron this issue out not just for us, but for the entire system.

        Other User Interface & Social Media Display Upgrades

        During these troubleshooting steps we took measures to perform some more upgrades:

        • Improved open house integration for quicker updates of dates & times – essential for more accurate and up-to-date data for our new MLS® search form upgrades to include open house filters

        • Homes list (on the Admin section) update to easily show which listings have video tours, or PDF feature sheets/floorplans attached

        • Better default image & title for MLS® search result page open graph tags for image feed – if the first MLS® result does not show a picture yet, it falls back to listing #2 or #3 on the list to make the Facebook share results look better & detailed.

        Upcoming Upgrade Plans For Brixwork In Winter of 2018

        More frequent MLS® Listings Sync

        On our new and improved hardware (AWS Cloud) and software (better & faster mechanisms) we are starting to roll out more frequent MLS sync for select regions, starting with Vancouver.

        • Customers can see more new listings faster – increase frequency of visit.

        • Google will crawl your new listing pages even more frequently.

        • Improves your overall chances of showing up for new listing address/street/neighbourhood searches

        • Improves your existing social media URL share or SEO campaigns

        • To leverage these benefits, please read our DIY SEO tutorials for real estate agents part 2!

        Further Vimeo integrations

        On our newly built templates, we are improving our handling of videos from the core. While we still recommend Youtube videos for listing tour videos for SEO reasons, Vimeo offers better visual display as far as background videos or other decorative elements go, and aligns with our principle of “Looking good matters.”

        Want to make the most of your MLS® Listings?

        Our SEO campaigns have brought in measurable & significant results! Our team can make great use of your upgraded search modules, along with other existing functionalities that the Brixwork platform has to offer. Please check out our SEO services for real estate websites to learn more about how we can bring more leads for you.

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        We Are Now 100% Running on the Amazon Cloud!2021-02-24T00:17:02+00:00

        Vancouver Real Estate Websites on the Amazon Cloud for faster service and speed

        We Are Now 100% Running on the Amazon Cloud!

        Hello Amazon! In the last while we have been incrementally working to migrate our website infrastructure and digital assets towards the Amazon Cloud (known as Amazon Web Services). We are ecstatic to announce that on September 10th 2018, we successfully completed the final stages to fully migrate everything to Amazon Web Services.

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        Faster Site Load, Better Reliability For Our Customers

        Our real estate websites are now running on a far more superior network that benefits our customers with faster load-times and more reliability, while giving our development team more productivity and power.

        Our response/latency tests show solid results. Logan Wilson’s Victoria Luxury Group website responded 44% faster, and Nest Presale’s Vancouver Presales/Assignments website responded 22% faster on the new Amazon Cloud!

        These figures show the time spent to start downloading the website & attached assets, which has a significant impact in page load time. Total load times vary depending on number and size of photos.

        Our Website Features

        Up to 45% Faster Response Time!

        The graphs show the average response time reduction for each file/resource download, which accumulates to page download speeds.

        Every webpage requires dozens of assets to load – style files, javascript files, logo image files, buttons, listing photos… the list goes on. 

        Reducing the response time between requests responses from your computer to our servers mean exponential improvement in total page load time, resulting in a much smoother & pleasant browsing experience.

        Did we mention faster-loading pages are preferred by Google as well?

        Our Website Features

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        Exponential Growth Potential on AWS!

        Amazon Web Services (AWS) is very well-known to constantly stay ahead of the curve, offering newer & better cloud services for better IT management.  On AWS, expanding our server capacity is a breeze compared to conventional servers, preparing us for enterprise-grade IT management and scalability!

        Some of the world’s largest corporations rely on AWS for their web & cloud computing needs, including Netflix, AirBNB, General Electric, Phillips, Toshiba, Yelp, Zillow and more. We are very excited to be prepared for growth & innovation with the Amazon Cloud as our foundation!

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        Serving More Real Estate Professionals Across The Continent

        Brixwork has expanded its offerings to Victoria BC (VREB), Vancouver Island BC (VIREB), Kelowna BC (OMREB), Edmonton AB (EREB) and Ottawa ON (OREB). We have launched , and will launch, several brokerage websites with more performance demand than ever. The migration to AWS positions us well to quickly respond to the increasing demand from all over North America without being shackled by hardware limitations & delays. Check out our real estate website design servicesas well as the MLS® Reciprocity Integrations we offer.

        Our Design Services
        Our MLS® Services

        October 3, 2021

        Listing Presentations & Buyers Guide Booklets, Supercharged

        You deserve better than generic, mass-produced, templatized listing presentations or buyers guidebooks. Stand out amongst thousands of competing Realtors®!

        Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Technology & Trends

        August 27, 2021

        Tri-Cities Realtor® Website Showcase

        We work with Realtors® across the Tri-Cities area to establish a memorable online presence. Browse stunning websites designed for Royal LePage & RE/MAX agents.

        Written By Jessica Hussey | Design & Visuals, Featured Clients

        October 12, 2021

        3.5 Billion Users Were Stranded When the Facebook Network Went Down

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