Listingbook is a real estate website that helps users locate properties that match their requirements. The site pulls listings from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The user can begin by entering an area to see what is available. The site offers an agent search tool as well to help users get in touch with real estate agents to help them find or sell a home. The neighborhood info area provides graphics that reveal education levels, climate, employment stats, demographics and other statistics that a potential home buyer may want to know. Listingbook also supplies real estate agent-specific tools that allow agents to manage their clients and listings in one online location. Users can also save listings they like and receive notifications when new listings or price reductions are detected.
Listingbook has yet to make much of an impression with internet users. The site is largely unknown and has not received any notable press attention or mentions from users. This could have to do with the somewhat clumsy design of the site as well as the tight competition that already exists on the web. Users may also notice that the home search tool is broken and doesn’t work no matter what location the user enters.
Listingbook doesn’t really offer anything new or exciting in the realm of online real estate. The industry is already well covered with the many more popular websites that boast a number of search tools (including most that actually provide listings rather than server errors). The real estate agent features might be appealing to a professional however it is going to be difficult to convince someone to try it when the most basic features on the site seem to be having issues.
Listingbook starts strong with a soft blue color scheme and images of beautiful homes. A row of compact tabs helps the user find each area. Some of the data entry fields feel awkward, the text isn’t centered which makes it look a bit slap dash. Although the site appears professional and it is easy to identify its purpose from the homepage, Listingbook could use some refining before it can attract more attention from internet users.
All visitors can access the search tool on Listingbook without an account. Those who would like to utilize all features can click the blue “Get an Account” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage (to the left of the “Login” button). After choosing one of the two status options provided, the user is asked if they would like to choose a real estate agent or prefer a courtesy account. Next, the user is asked to provide a first and last name, email address and the city and state they are interested in. An optional field is available for a phone number. The user is advised that an activation message will be sent to their email inbox and must be accessed to complete registration.
Anyone can create a Listingbook account for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required to register or maintain account access. The user is not required to make any purchases to keep their account active. Home buyers and real estate agents can sign up at no cost. This is definitely a good choice, especially considering that the site could use significant improvement in terms of function.
Listingbook may be worth a look by anyone who is interested in buying or selling property. Real estate agents can create an agent account for nothing, which might be something worth reviewing (however the user should proceed with caution to ensure that all features are working as expected). The website is easy to navigate, although it needs some attention to correct function issues. Listingbook is best used as a supplemental property search tool.