The New Valencia Property Website means quite a few changes to how you search for your ideal Valencia Property. The work for this took four months in total and we are happy with what we have finished up with. Let’s take you through the improvements to the site we have made in order to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for once you are again allowed to look for somewhere to live in Valencia.
The Home Page
The home page used to look like this…
We now look like this… (There have been a few minor tweaks and will continue to be so). We have put the “Search” Function front and centre but scroll down to see the latest properties. On mobiles the search is an option to pull down so you go straight into the latest properties.
Mobile View as follows…
The look of the New Valencia Property Website is very different. We have incorporated orange into the site as it represents Valencia. (We were tempted to put some bats in there too but decided to stick with just the colour change.)
We have placed search at the heart of the site. However, scroll down and you get the latest properties under the search box. We have the latest nine properties under the search box for those regular visitors who want to see properties as they come onto the site.. The previous 9 are in page 2 underneath and so on and so forth.
Our Blog Posts
We have incorporated our extremely successful and highly recommended blog into the site. It opens in a new tab but you get to see the latest posts on the homepage rather than having to follow two websites. Searching for articles will still be done on the blog page itself.
We have a second way of searching for properties, our favourite towns. We have chosen six towns including Valencia City itself of course where we list all of the properties in those towns. So if you want to go directly to see ALL listings in Valencia City then you can go from here.
We have incorporated our videos into the site on the home page. We will be uploading regular property and information videos into the site to give you more visual representations of the properties we sell and the city we live in and around.
Video has been one of the main differentiators of our service from other agencies in the past and in continues to be so. We often make individual property videos for individual clients and send them a hidden YouTube link.
The Town Pages
We have the description of the town to the top and images from the town to the right. Below we have the number of listings available in that town and then the listings themselves.
We have a cleaner look to the listings on each page. A large main picture and a Read More button to see all of the photos and the individual listing. Properties are ordered on the page with the latest being the default view.
The Individual Property Pages
We have a main picture and then below we have the description and contact form and a mosaic of the other photos we have of the property.
Next to the description we have the contact form. All fields are required in the contact form meaning we ask for an email address to reply to and a phone number. (The phone number is there because at times you may make a typo in the email address and we get the mail we send you returned. At that point previously we had no way of letting you know there was a problem. Now we will Whatsapp you to let you know)
The more photos we have the more you will see in the mosaic below. Click on an individual photo and it opens into a gallery view which you can scroll through.
We have increased the size of the photos on the site. With faster connections and bigger data allowances on mobiles we have increased the photo sizes without reducing page speed and without significantly increasing the amount of data you consume. All properties uploaded in future will have more than our previously limited 16 photos where possible and they will be larger too.
We have the option to favourite properties you like. This is done with the heart symbol underneath the main photo. When you favourite your first property you will be invited to create an account and from there every time you click on the heart under the main photo you will add that into your own VP account.
You can see your previously saved favourites on the menu bar in the top left. When you favourite a property you can make and save comments and give the property a mark out of ten. You can share your login with your partner or family and they can take a look at the properties you like and your thoughts on them as well as your score. They can then reply within the listing.
We have given you various options on each property. Underneath the main image you see this selection.
The @ symbol will bring up a contact form to ask us questions about the property. The bird of course is Twitter to share with your friends and contacts. (If you really like a property please share it around) The Facebook Icon will send it to Facebook and the Heart will add it to your favourites and allow you to make comments that only you and people you share your login with will be able to see.
Features of the Property
Between the Mosaic of Photos and the Map we have listed the outstanding features of the property. Some properties may also have other features not listed but we had to retrofit this into the site going through and remembering 240 properties! All new properties will be done in this way too so expect the search with features to become even more useful as we incorporate this into the site.
Maps and Locations
We have included map locations for the properties where appropriate. Sometimes these will be the area the property is in and others they will be the exact locations of the street they can be found on. Some owners don’t want the exact location on site so in those cases the map will be to the nearest village or town and you can explore from there.
We have incorporated embedded videos into the property listing pages. If we have a video then we will place it into the property listing. If not there may be a related video there about the town the property is in, things to do nearby or something else related to the property. The video will play in a new overlay screen.
As can be seen from the above image, underneath the video we have placed an invitation to sign up for our newsletter. If you are not already a subscriber then consider signing up as we keep you in touch with the Valencia Property market and any new and interesting properties that may come up for you.
The Header Menu
We have placed direct links to some of the more important pages in the header. This includes information about the company, testimonials, the opportunity to sell a property, our services and links to related pages and articles, contact details, newsletter sign up and quick links to favourites. When you click through to favourites from here you will see your favourites list.
At the bottom of each page we have a contact form and links to all of our other pages on the site, FAQ’s videos, testimonials, T&Cs etc… that were previously in our sidebar on the old site. The town list you can scroll through.
Contacting Valencia Property
We have made it easy to contact us through the website. Above the Header menu we have a variety of contact methods.
Of course we have the traditional Email link in the Header. Then the Phone Icon will take you through to Graham. However the Green Whatsapp icon is preferred because a lot of the time we will be with clients and not able to pick up the phone. If you send us a Whatsapp asking questions we will get back to you as soon as possible with the answers. Make sure to include your name in your Whatsapp message if it doesn’t show in your details.
You can still Skype us but please send a Skype message to arrange a call and we will get back to you. And finally the Facebook icon takes you to our Facebook page, Twitter to Graham’s Twitter page, Youtube to our Videos and again a mail icon so you can contact us via mail.
We hope you like the new site and enjoy going through it. Let us know if you find any glitches because Pete, our tech guy, is removing issues as they come up. We have clicked through everything we could think of to check for any problems but there will be things we have missed obviously.
Thanks for your patience and once the lockdown is over and things get back to some sort of new normality we hope to see you here and show you more of what we love about Valencia. You can see the things we are missing and a description of lockdown in the previous blog post. Just click on the image below.