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Category Archives: Real Estate

Real estate news, events, business, and developments in Victoria BC.

New VREB Plugin

Over the last few months the team at Radar Hill have been working on a new plugin for the Victoria Real Estate Board. They began by evaluating what already existed, which was a plugin that Radar Hill created in 2013. It was great when it was built, however technology changes at such a pace that it became necessary not just to update the plugin, but to create a whole new one.

To build the new plugin, Roger, Ken, and Mike proceeded to create a mock-up of the end goal, which allowed them to easily rearrange items and preview the functionality of it before completely building it.

It is not just the look on the outside that changes, but all the behind-the-scenes coding that requires development. The technical details will not be elaborated on in this post, but if you would like more information, feel free to ask Roger. Suffice to say, this new plugin is awesome!

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3D Aerial Video For Real Estate

To use a cliché saying, “location, location, location.” With more and more activity and business happening online it is only expected that the home buying process is hugely digital. People want to know everything about a house before going to view it, and location is a vital aspect of choosing a home. It’s all very well to say that a property is “overlooking spectacular ocean views” or “nestled at the end of a quiet street,” it is another to be able to show that via aerial video. But luckily that’s exactly what you can do now, courtesy of Google Earth and CorkScrew Visuals Inc.

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Property Newsletter – Featured Businesses

Renting, selling, or buying property can be a complicated and strenuous endeavour, but that is why professional services such as real estate agencies, developers, and property management exist. They take the stress out of the process, and this newsletter will take the stress out of choosing whichever service you require for your property needs. With the Victoria market projected to move to a more balanced state, the time to move house or buy a piece of property could be soon. Dealing with property does not have to be difficult, so let us help you find people and companies that will help you.

If you use any of the services below, please let us know your experiences. If you want to be featured in a future newsletter, contact us to find out how.

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March 15: Google Partners Connect For Real Estate

Radar Hill is a Google Partner

In today’s digital world, the home buying process continues to evolve, affecting buyers’ path to purchase and ultimately conversion. By understanding the digital real estate landscape, brokers can get ahead by adjusting their advertising strategies to target consumers where they are spending their time.

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3D Aerial Video For Real Estate – Grab Homebuyers’ Attention

Radar Hill and CorkScrew Visuals Inc. have partnered to provide Victoria REALTORS® with a new service. Get 3D aerial videos of your real estate listings — without the hassle of hiring a drone!

A dynamic flyover of your listing and the surrounding area will be created using 3D data from Google Earth. The final product is high definition video with your branding and contact information, ready for use in your websites, emails, digital brochures and social media. Continue reading

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Buying, Selling or Renting

Find that perfect place to call home, or get the renovations complete to turn your house into your dream home. Continue reading

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A Brand New Bemail

Last July we conducted a survey among the users of our Bemail (Broadcast Email) real estate service to identify ways that we could improve it for our customers. We got some great responses and as a result will be rolling out a few changes to the Bemail form and outgoing Bemail format over the next several weeks. Check them out, along with the survey results, below the cut. Continue reading

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Traffic Up at VREB.org

Web traffic is huge!The new Victoria Real Estate Board’s website (www.vreb.org) has seen a significant increase of website traffic. At Radar Hill we would contribute this to the implementation of our industry leading RWD (responsive web design) process.

The Statistics Are Up!

June 2015 saw 21,299 visitors to the site. This is a dramatic increase over the local real estate board’s previous website.  These same visitors:

  • Viewed 198,790 pages;
  • Initiated 96,462 sessions;
  • And stayed on the site for an amazing 8:26 minutes per session!

The increase in site traffic and engaging content has reduced the bounce rate to less than 70%.  Another very impressive and positive change. Continue reading

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May: What’s Up on the Hill?

Celebrating 14 Years - Radar Hill's 14 year anniversary (with a cupcake and candle)On April 15, Radar Hill celebrated fourteen years in business. We have grown from the original three owners of Shawn, Roger, and Dan, with a small handful of clients, to eleven staff and a wide range of business and non-profit clients. We are now one of the largest and most stable website design and development companies on Vancouver Island. Thank you for your support! Here is an update on the past couple of months. In this issue:

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Spring Renovations or Moving – Home or Business

Renovating or Moving?

electrician installing light box in new homeAfter last month’s Spring Renovations for Home or Business newsletter, have you started renovating? Or have you decided to buy or build instead? These great clients can help…

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You are invited: An Introduction to Social Media for Real Estate

Are you in real estate or in a high-referral personal services / personal contact industry, and curious about doing social media for your business? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the flood of options but don’t know where to start? Start by joining us at this event to cover: Continue reading

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February: What’s up on the Hill?

Canadian Blood Services Certificate of Recognition to Radar Hill for filling their 2014 Partners For Life goalEnjoying the unusually mild February weather? It has been a full month at Radar Hill. In this issue:

Major Milestone: VREB

Radar Hill was chosen from several applicants to construct the new website for the Victoria Real Estate Board. This project represents a major milestone for our company and recognition of our position at the forefront of Responsive Web Design and data processing. Hundreds of listings and thousands of photos are appended on an hourly basis and displayed in a format that is fully optimized across all screen sizes. With nearly 60,000 page views per month we were challenged to maximize download speed, retain data integrity, and display it in an attractive presentation across all viewing devices. Continue reading

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