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Quick MLS® Search On Dashboard For Easy Sharing2017-11-03T00:19:48+00:00

The Brixwork website back-end now allows Realtors® to perform quick MLS® searches using simple yet important criteria, quickly feature or share the listings by direct URL, or Facebook/Twitter.

 

Key Benefits:

  • Show properties on your own website, with your own branding, rather than through a generic MLS® platform that is standard.

  • The visitors can browse your site further for more properties and other pages.

  • More exposure of your brand to clients mean more brand recognition.

  • Quickly share listings on Social Media

Version 4.04 Released With New Features & Bug Fixes2015-02-20T23:39:12+00:00

This morning Brixwork Real Estate Marketing Inc. version 4.04 was released with numerous new bug fixes and some new features.

4.04 Release Notes (February 20th, 2015)

  • When featuring MLS® listings, the screen would freeze after processing. This has been resolved.
  • Menu labels on the new navigation system glitch fixed (only applicable to sites set up after February 2015)
  • Maps within the Homes & Buildings sections no longer affected by mouse scroll or screen swipe.
  • You can choose whether the street direction come before or after the street name. In Vancouver, “W 4th Avenue” is common, whereas in Calgary “3rd Street SW” is more common. This default can be set on a site-wide basis, and can be set on each individual property so it can be overridden on a case-by-case as well.
  • Instagram feed has been updated as per slight security changes on the Instagram servers which was blocking our API calls.

 

Future Development Plans Coming Up

The Brixwork system is a forever evolving platform. We don’t charge a subscription fee just out of formality – the funds our clients pay goes towards betterment of the system as a whole for the benefit of all our clients against their competition outside.

  • Dashboard to include more insights, potentially directly integrating Google Analytics into the page.
  • Duplicate building module detection mechanism.
  • MLS Search forms updated with slide-out or in mechanisms.
  • More (yes, even more) upgrades pertaining to URL controls for SEO purposes.
  • LinkedIN share buttons made universal.
Brixwork Version 4.0 development underway2014-11-14T17:32:40+00:00

We are excited beyond anything to announce that the new version 4.0 of Brixwork is under development. It actually has been for several weeks now, and this is our first official release on the status of development.

The overall direction of the new and improved version is to make the back-end much easier to use with a brand new user interface, while making it more accessible from mobile devices. There are functionality improvements too, of course.

What this means for our real estate website clients:

All of our clients who are subscribed to our services will receive this upgrade when it rolls out, which is forecasted to be before the end of the year. This will give you a much easier to use, and more mobile-accessible back-end from which you can manage your website & listings, but also quickly glance at your listing data while you’re on the go, or perform a quick MLS® search.

 

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Features Already Coded, Implemented & Tested

  • New mobile-first visual framework
  • Login by email rather than username
  • Password recovery by email
  • Mobile friendly morph navigation
  • Quicker login mechanism

Some upcoming Features Planned (these are not all!)

  • Level-based login to restrict users from certain sections for security.
  • Better pages & subpages display.
  • Easier MLS® import modules.
  • Manual photo-import from the MLS® for pre-existing listings.
  • Basic Google Analytics data integrated.

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We have been conducting user surveys, direct interviews with some clients who came into our office, as well as staff meetings to find ways to make the back-end more user-friendly, intuitive, and overall a pleasure to use.

Do you have any feedback, ideas or complaints? Leave it in the comments below!

Brixwork Version 3.9.6 Releasing Tonight2014-06-03T21:13:22+00:00

We are rolling out an update to the Brixwork core system later tonight, version 3.9.6, which includes numerous improvements, bug fixes as well as improvements in the MLS® search functionalities. This round of updates have a heavy focus on functionalities on the internal side, as well as improving our MLS® listings filtering function which will lead to better targeted SEO results on Google™.

MLS® Search Function Improvements
  • Added function to allow for minimum bedrooms, and fixed bedroom numbers. Traditionally users were only able to use 1+, or 2+ bedrooms for minimum settings. Now we are able to provide solid “1 Bedroom Condos in Vancouver” or similar results.
  • Able to search listings by listed date (custom function that is setup on a site-by-site basis, not a default function on search yet).
Some bug fixes:
  • Page deletion mechanism fixed to avoid empty instance running
  • Lot size and Frontage size calculation was off for REBGV data (they changed the unit increments).
  • Home retrieval function returns boolean on lack of property ID in database (useful for coders to determine whether home exists or not by simply returning the boolean)
  • Semi-transparent image rendering improved on Firefox, Opera, Safari & Chrome
  • Condo storeys class added, previously only accessible through the data array ($home->story, the database was set up without the “e” so we have to live with the minor typo, as we cannot overhaul all existing sites).
Feature Improvements:
  • Lead forms are able to send to multiple emails in an array (useful for partnerships or groups)
  • URL fix for Facebook shares when Facebook converts space/semicolon characters to ASCII
  • Google Analytics code update to enable demographic data scraping.
  • Default gallery image size increased to 2400 pixels in light of larger monitors becoming standard (existing sites may need manual adjustment).
  • Added default animate-fade-in elements that can be easily applied for a smoother & more interactive user experience.

Future Updates Planned

Here at Brixwork we are committed to continuously upgrade our system and software to keep up with the demand of changing technology. Here’s more items we have on the roadmap:

  • Hourly sync of same-day listings only
  • Instagram feed into your websites
  • User interface changes throughout
Open House data from the REBGV MLS® Now Flowing2018-11-06T20:15:29+00:00

Open House data from the REBGV MLS® Now Flowing

We are proud to announce a major new functionality that will improve the quality of real estate data on our clients’ websites. With the help from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, we now have an additional data feed enabled that fetches upcoming open house times from the MLS® Reciprocity system.

This feature was tested over the weekend and now is in full force for all Vancouver & surrounding region clients. Some sample screenshots below:

Downtown Vancouver Condo Listings With Upcoming Open Houses

Condo Leo displaying open house dates for Vancouver Condo Listings, courtesy of the MLS®.

Better Display Mechanism

Our open house data function is unique in the sense that we display it in more human-friendly ways, and here’s how:

The typical open house dates are entered by each date. So if there’s a weekend open house on Saturday & Sunday, this is what the data looks like:

2014-03-22 2pm ~ 4pm
2014-03-23 2pm ~ 4pm

With our system, we’ve gathered the data for a better display, so it will show “Open House Mar 22~23 2-4pm”. This not only is more natural to the human speech, but also saves a massive amount of space when displaying it beside the listing photos.

Key factors to remember with our new mechanism
  1. Because it clusters open house dates that are consecutive and with same dates, not all future dates are shown right away. For example, if an agent has entered open house dates for this coming weekend as well as the next weekend, only the upcoming weekend’s data will show up. This is done to save space on the display side, as well as to create a sense of urgency. A sale that expires is more of a hot commodity than an ongoing one. Same principles apply here.
  2. This feature is currently limited to our clients in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of BC region. Additional board integrations will follow upon request. If you want this in your own board, please email our support desk and create a request. While the availability and data scheme is different for each board, we will do our best to sort it out for as many regions as possible.

Other Applications Now Available

With this new function enabled, we can set up pre-determined listing pages that only display listings with upcoming open houses. You could email such URL generated from your website to your clients, so they can pick out some listings they’d like to see on the weekend.

6 Benefits of our New Toronto MLS Integration2013-08-27T22:20:10+00:00

How We Got There

Years ago, we took the step to integrate our servers to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver MLS (REBGV) to launch one of the finest real estate websites & marketing services for our clients in Vancouver. Since then, we have since expanded our territory to five other Canadian regions—WLS (Whistler Listing System), KADREA (Kamloops & District Real Estate Association), RAHB (Real Estate Association of Hamilton and Burlington), FMRA (Fort McMurray Real Estate Association), and, most recently, TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board). And we cannot forget about our one USA territory, CBOR (Columbia Missouri Board of Realtors) integration that was done a few months ago.

We have had overwhelming support from real estate agent clients from all around the country, and we have finally taken one big step forward towards the Eastern Canadian region…

Welcome, Toronto!

Toronto, now our sixth Canadian region, has been connected to Brixwork via MLS® RETS integration to bring you the best listing search & display results for our clients in Toronto. With special thanks to the lovely staff at TREB, we are now officially launching our services in Toronto, Ontario.

Our CEO Jeff Kee will be making a business trip to Toronto between September 3rd ~ 12th (2013) with meetings set up with some agents & brokerages. If you wish to have a private consultation, please fill out our contact form and he will do his best to make it happen.

6 Benefits Of The TREB MLS® Integration via RETS

Here are some of the Benefits that our Toronto Real Estate Agents, and their clients, can now take advantage of via Brixwork Real Estate Marketing:

Benefits to Real Estate Agent
  1. More fully branded search tools and pages for clients to use
  2. Effectively define your niche area through pre-defined listing pages
  3. Easy to share listing search results and detail pages by email, social media etc.
Benefits to Customers
  1. Map based or list-based option to easily search for listings
  2. Easily save search results which auto update any new listings upon future visits
  3. Easy to share listing search results and detail pages by email, social media etc.

If you are interested in learning more, please take a look at the MLS Integration Page on our website.

Version 3.8.7 Released with User Interface Refinements2017-10-10T23:26:20+00:00

This is our first software upgrade across the BRIXWORK system in Q2 of 2013, and here’s what’s been improved. This upgrade focused mostly on the user interface in the back-end of your BRIXWORK Real Estate Website platform.

Accidentally Leaving Page During Editing

Some clients experienced issues when editing a property or a page, they would accidentally go back a step, or leave the page in some other way. This posed the problem of losing unsaved edits. We improved our system by implementing scripts that prevent the user from accidentally leaving the page. Unless the system is prompted to switch you to another page, or you click the SUBMIT button at the bottom, you’ll be given a prompt that asks you if you’re sure you want to leave the current page.

If you hit the backspace button, or another link by mistake, this pops up to ensure you intended the action.

If you hit the backspace button, or another link by mistake, this pops up to ensure you intended the action.

This functionality is currently available on the Homes edit page, as well as Pages edit page. We will be rolling this out for the Buildings/Resources sections in the weeks to come.

Identical City/Subarea Display Fixed

As we are expanding our MLS® Reciprocity integration to other cities across Canada & USA (new updated list coming soon), we noticed that some smaller areas have the same City/Subarea name. When this happens, we had some awkward displays on the website where it would say “Burlington, Burlington” for example. To mitigate this, we updated our codebase so that if the names are an identical match, it truncates it into just “Burlington”.

MLS® Listing to Own Listing Conversion Photo Glitch

When converting an MLS® reciprocity database listing to your “OWN” listing, some clients in different jurisdictions other than Vancouver had issues where the photos won’t come in. We’ve fixed that issue, and positively tested the photos flowing into the local website when this conversion happens.

Multiple Office Locations Supported

Some brokerages have multiple Office IDs assigned from the board. Many clients started asking for an “Office Listings” page that displays listings within the brokerage only. To address clients who wish to display listings from all branches of a brokerage, we’ve updated our listing retrieval module to allow multiple Office IDs. If you wish to expand your “Office Listings” parameters to include other branches within your brokerage, please submit a support ticket with the office codes and we’ll handle it.

Lead Forms On Websites Updated

The email forms on your websites (on your listing display pages as well as contact & other pages) have been universally updated. Since we switched our email routing to a much more secure channel to avoid your leads ending up in spam, the delay has increased by a few seconds. To mitigate this, we have included a pop up that shows a progress bar indicating that the work is in progress. While this is a very minor change in the user interface, it has a great impact on keeping the users engaged to your website.

Rental Modules

You will notice a new “Rental” tab when editing a home. While this feature is enabled on the back-end on a beta mode, it takes extra installation labour to make it happen on the front-end. We will be offering setup of Rental sections on our clients’ websites upon request, and with a nominal set-up fee. This feature is still in beta mode. You are welcome to enter things and fiddle around with it, but it won’t show the rental only features on your website.

 

Version 3.8.6 Released, New Office & Staff2013-03-19T01:49:12+00:00

We are announcing two new exciting developments today. BRIXWORK version 3.8.6 has been released today (March 18th) and will spread through our clients’ websites later today or tomorrow morning, depending on your locale. We have also acquired an office lease in Yaletown Vancouver and just moved in as of yesterday (March 17th), and hired a new part time staff, Elisabeth, who will be assisting with data entry, administrative tasks and more. Our space will allow us to work with more efficiency and handle the volume of business better. We have experienced a fair bit of growth in the past few months thanks to your loyalty!

New 3.8.6 version Upgrade Notes

SEO Upgrade on Listing Search Pages

SEO tricks are a trade secret of ours so we won’t divulge on the details here, but we made some upgrades that will definitely increase the odds of your listing pages (both your own listings and MLS® listings) being picked up by Google.

User Interface Errors Addressed

HOMES screen pagination bug

We had an issue where the HOMES screen would display one less page (i.e. when you need 6 pages of 20 listings per, it only showed 1 2 3 4 5), and that has been resolved. This was in fact discovered by our new staff, Elisabeth.

TinyMCE Text Editor Upgraded

TinyMCE Text Editor Upgraded

Page content editor module fixed & upgraded

The page content editor that looks a lot like a wordprocessor has been upgraded to a newer version with more stability and bug fixes. We also had an internal bug that was disallowing pasting on certain editing screens depending on the browser you were using. That will be resolved also with the propagation of this upgrade.

Listing Retrieval Mechanisms Being Upgraded

Listing retrieval mechanisms are being upgraded. While this upgrade is not taking effect on all websites immediately, this is a phased upgrade that we are planning, and testing on small scales on select websites. This upgrade will take effect on the next upgrade, and will make your listing pages more stable and streamlined.

Our New Office in Yaletown

We have finalized a lease for a new office in Yaletown, Vancouver. Our new office is located at 1080 Mainland Street, Vancouver BC. Drop by for a visit anytime during business hours!

BRIXWORK real estate websites Yaletown Office

Our new Yaletown Office

 

Version 3.8.5 released with some back-end updates2012-12-04T02:14:52+00:00

Later today the new version of BRIXWORK, 3.8.5, will be propagating throughout our networks automatically. This version includes several back-end updates to make life easier for our clients, some data field formatting bug fixes, speed improvements, and also very notably, WLS integration upgrades.

Back-End Updates & Bug Fixes

The edit home screen has been updated so that the MLS® number field is on the top of the form, easily accessible. This will be especially helpful when converting an MLS® sourced listing to your OWN listing.

The list of homes that you see when you click the HOMES tab under the Admin section now shows the MLS® # in the list for easy reference. The area/city has been merged into one field so save some screen space.

WLS Integration

Our latest project has been a website for a Whistler Real Estate Agent, Nick Harriss (Sotheby’s). This is our first project that involved utilizing the WLS® (Whistler Listing System – the Whistler equivalent to the MLS®) and we are now successfully integrated with the WLS® reciprocity system to get Whistler listings fed into our website systems!

Bug Fixes & Speed Improvements

The home square footages (including the upper/main/lower fields) now display with more precision. The numbers are automatically converted to include the comma at the thousand mark even if you miss it, or if the MLS® data is missing it. For example, “1249” will display as “1,249 sqft”.

We made changes to our cache controller so that your website viewers can load the pages even faster than before.

BRIXWORK version 3.8.3 Release2012-10-19T01:44:35+00:00

BRIXWORK version 3.8.3 is to be released overnight, ready for you by Friday morning (October 19th). This update includes several bugfixes and features throughout the back-end as well as some other SEO related features.

Updates To The Admin Section

Drag And Re-Order module glitch fixed

There was a minor glitch on the new drag & reorder module that we released a short while back, where if the mouse is off the target by just a pixel it would select the drag icon, causing confusion. This has been addressed.

MLS® Listing to OWN Listing Convertor Error Fixed

The format of the tax field of the MLS® system (Vancouver/Fraser Valley Real Estate Board) was causing a glitch. This was tested well a while back, so we suspect a slight format change on the board’s part. When converting MLS® listings to OWN listings, our system was picking up only the first digit of the tax amount ($3,297 was turning into $3.00 due to this error). This has been rectified. If you have recently converted any MLS® listings to your OWN listings, it is important that you edit those listings to update the tax records manually. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Updates To The Front-End Features

Contact Form Made Convenient

The previous versions of the contact forms had a behaviour where it empties itself after an email has been sent to avoid duplicates. However this posed a problem when somebody wanted to send a second email right away, because the name/email/phone fields would also be reset. We upgraded our scripts so that only the content & the CAPTCHA visual verification fields are emptied, making it easier for your visitors to write another email to you immediately after the previous one.

Pinterest Buttons Available (optional)

Pinterest Is a Premium Social Media Outlet

Each listing detail pages can now show a Pin-to-Pinterest button beside the pre-existing Facebook/Twitter/Google+ buttons. This is an optional feature – if you want this enabled, please contact our support desk. To see a sample of the Pinterest button active, check out Mel Montgomery or Jesse Williamson‘s websites.

In case you don’t know what Pinterest is, here are Pinterest demographics that will make you want to use Pinterest more actively!

Google XML Sitemaps Available (optional)

We already announced this minor update a few days back – Google XML Sitemaps are now available upon request. Read this update article on the XML Sitemap for more details.

February 20, 2019

Realtor® Website Pages Designed for 3–5x Better Performance

Is your website getting the numbers you want? Our bold designs are proven to give your website results by improving 3 key on-site metrics. Don’t settle for a cookie-cutter design like every Realtor®.

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Features & Development

January 8, 2019

What Is The Future Of The Real Estate Market?

It’s hard to predict the real estate market. The last downturn saw 1/3 of Realtors® hang their licenses and walk away. What’s your next move?

Written By Jeff Kee | Marketing & Promotion

January 3, 2019

Hiring – Office Admin & Customer Support Position (Maternity Leave Contract)

We are having a baby! We have a maternity leave position opening up to help with office administration and customer support. This is a great entry point into the industry for those who are eager to learn more about digital marketing & cloud web software!

Written By Jeff Kee | Company Updates

December 18, 2018

Get Your Branded Holiday Instagram/Facebook Posts Ready!

Its that time of year again! Make sure you have your graphics ready in time for this holiday season. Chose from a selection of beautiful posting templates for your Real Estate Instagram and Facebook pages for your social media presence to truly stand out.

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Social Media & Marketing

December 17, 2018

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

November 1, 2018

Open House & Buildings/Presales Search Overhauls on Version 4.45

Our last major upgrade to finalize our move to the AWS cloud has springboarded us for even more enhancements to the Brixwork system, and packs some amazing new features to help our real estate pros gain more business. Learn how helping buyers find suitable listings has never been easier with version 4.45.

Written By Jeff Kee | Company Updates

October 31, 2018

4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Real Estate Listing Gallery Page

Showcasing your listings is one of the most important value you provide as a real estate agent. While the listing gallery systems on our templates are great as they are, our custom designed listing gallery icons have many benefits for your Real Estate business results!

Written By Jeff Kee | Featured Clients

October 19, 2018

Increase Realtor® Website Traffic with this Essential Tool

As the second most used search engine after Google, Youtube offers a variety of opportunities for Realtors® to increase website traffic and generate backlinks to their domain! Don't miss out on the opportunity to make the most of your Youtube Channel with these simple steps.

Written By Jeff Kee | Search Engine Optimization

October 11, 2018

Steady, Solid, Strategized SEO Results in Significant Traffic Growth

With a 34% increase in traffic, our dedicated SEO campaigns helped Vancouver based real estate website NestPresales.com improve SEO presence and google search traffic within as little as 3 months

Written By Jeff Kee | Search Engine Optimization

September 18, 2018

We Are Now 100% Running on the Amazon Cloud!

We are excited to announce that as of September 10th 2018, Brixwork has successfully completed the final stages to fully migrate everything to Amazon Web Services. With your real estate website running on the Amazon Cloud, listing pages & assets are loading faster than ever with better reliability

Written By Jeff Kee | Company Updates, Technology & Trends

September 11, 2018

MLS® Search By Street Name Now Available!

This has been one of the longest awaited features for a more robust & functional MLS® listing search. Many of you may have noticed this upgrade already on your websites if you are on the Main Street or our newest Fairview templates! Searching by street name is now available.

Written By Jeff Kee | Features & Development

September 10, 2018

Launch of Vancouver Island Real Estate (VIREB) MLS Integration

Brixwork is proud to announce that our premium templates and custom designed website services are now extended to the Vancouver Island area. With VIREB (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) and VREB (Victoria Real Estate Board) MLS® Reciprocity, our functional real estate websites are available to real estate agents all across Vancouver Island. 

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Featured Clients, Features & Development

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