The 5 Best Free WordPress Real Estate Plugins Explored and Compared

Posted on December 23, 2015 by in Resources | 13 comments

The 5 Best Free WordPress Real Estate Plugins Explored and Compared

If you’re either a realtor or a developer, you’ll want to get acquainted with the most efficient solutions for building functional real estate WordPress websites in order to display your listings in all their glory.

Luckily for you, there are hundreds of easy-to-use plugins out there that can aid you in setting up a professional WordPress website for the properties under your responsibility. All you have to do is pick the right one for your needs and get cracking on digitizing those listings.

With that in mind, over the course of this article we will cover the very best real estate-related plugins, go over their features, and wrap things up with a section solely dedicated to narrowing down your choices depending on your unique needs.

Let’s get started!

1. WPL Real Estate

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WPL Real Estate is brought to you by Realtyna, a web development firm that’s been focusing solely on real estate online solutions since 2007. The team began their career with products built on top of the Joomla CMS and only recently switched their efforts towards WordPress.

In addition to its comprehensive list of features (listed below), WPL Real Estate is complemented with a dedicated support team, which has a perfect record thus far when it comes to resolving public threads on their main page. For simpler issues, the development team also provides ample documentation and a knowledge base.

Features:

  • Enables you to add properties with a simple “Add Listing” wizard. Users and secondary agents can also add listings if you choose to allow it.
  • Automatically hides fields without any information on your listings.
  • Multiple listing, room, and property types (i.e. for sale, for rent, houses, offices, apartments, etc.) are available to categorize your listings and enable users to narrow down their choices.
  • Users can search properties using a list of criteria, such as states, cities, and zip codes. The list of available criteria for searches can be determined by the administrator.
  • Search results are displayed on Google Maps.
  • Enables visitors to switch between two display modes when browsing through properties: lists or grids.
  • By default, listings can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, or email.

If you want to see the plugin in action, you can check out a live demo here. Realtyna also offers a WPL Pro version for $199, which comes with a theme tailor-made for real estate sites.

2. WP Listings

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WP Listings is an open-source plugin designed to help you integrate a fully-featured real estate listing system within any theme of your preference.

This plugin is the brainchild of Agent Evolution, a web development company that offers a variety of solutions for real estate agents and brokers, ranging from simple themes to bespoke installations.

Features:

  • Enables you to establish your own listing taxonomy or stick with the default ones (status, property types, location, and features).
  • Showcase your star properties with a “Featured Listings” widget which can be customized to your liking.
  • Includes a huge selection of custom data fields right from the get go, ranging from the usual (price and address) to the smallest of details (virtual tours, kitchen summaries, school and neighborhood info, etc.).
  • Fully responsive.

If you want to check out a listing powered by the plugin, you can find a demo page here.

As we previously mentioned, this is an open-source plugin, and as such, interested developers are free to contribute to the WP Listings project through its GitHub repository.

3. Easy Property Listings

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Easy Property Listings is a comprehensive real estate plugin that’s designed to work with most themes without too many hiccups. The plugin also includes several templates that will enable you to have a site up and ready-to-go in record time.

Features:

  • Includes a “Theme Compatibility Mode” that minimizes errors with most themes. However, there’s also a Manual Theme Setup option available for those who want to get their hands dirty and really customize the look and feel of their listings.
  • Comes with support for multiple listing types (rentals, plots of land, offices, etc.) and pricing options (no price, price on application, auction, and under offer).
  • Supports multiple currencies and locations, which makes it perfect for international listings.
  • Fully integrated with Google Maps in order to display accurate property locations.
  • Users can make appointments for inspections through an integrated calendar.
  • Optional search widget available with customizable search fields for easier browsing.

On top of all the features available for free with the installation of Easy Property Listings, the developers also offer a wide variety of add-ons, including sliders, advanced mapping functions, one-click printable brochures, and an option for users to subscribe to listings.

For a first-hand look at some live websites built using Easy Property Listings, you can check out their showcase.

4. Estatik

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Estatik is a new arrival to the field of real estate WordPress plugins, and it still has a relatively low number of installs and reviews. That being said, we’re sure that over time this plugin will carve a nice little niche for itself within the market, considering its many features and overall polish.

Features:

  • An emphasis on a clean interface and visuals, as well as being fully responsive.
  • Developed to be compatible with most themes out there, which allows for a high level of customization. However, it also comes with its own custom themes.
  • Enables you to customize every field within your listings.
  • As the administrator, you can enable front end property management and designate agents who can modify the listings.
  • Includes several widgets such as advanced search, map view, and slideshows.
  • Users can share links to properties via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Aside from its free offering, Estatik is also available in two premium packages: Estatik Pro ($59) and Estatik Pro plus a special real estate theme ($79).

You can also check out over ten real estate websites built using Estatik by visiting their official showcase.

5. Realia

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Our final pick is another newbie to the arena. Realia was launched just a few months ago, but it already has thorough documentation in place and enough features to duke it out with more established plugins.

On top of the regular features that most real estate developers offer, the team behind Realia also boasts an iOS application called Realia Browser. This app enables companies or agents to launch their own branded apps without any advanced coding knowledge.

Features:

  • Adding new listings is simple, and as the administrator, you can empower agents to add listings themselves.
  • Includes supports for multiple agencies within a single website, as well as the option to assign agents between them.
  • Offers integrated Google Maps support in order to visualize the location of every property.
  • Enables you to charge users for certain services.

While Realia can be configured to work with any theme, the team behind the plugin also offers three premium offerings on their homepage, all of which were designed with real estate agencies in mind.

How to Choose the Best Real Estate Plugin for You

All the plugins listed here have their own particular strengths, even if they do share some features that are common to real estate websites. That being said, our goal in this section is to help you figure out which would be the best for your individual case.

If you’re not exactly sure where you should begin, we would recommend WPL Real Estate. It’s got ample documentation, a support team that stays on top of questions, and a premium version that you can opt in if you want additional features.

If you have your heart set on a specific WordPress theme but are scared of potential compatibility issues, arguably no plugin handles these better than Easy Property Listings, with their custom-made compatibility mode. Easy Property Listings is also a fantastic choice for those agents who want to enable their customers to schedule appointments online and thus reduce time spent on the phone. Finally, they offer support for multiple currencies and locations, which makes it a good pick for listing international properties.

If you like peeking behind the curtains to look at the underlying code of the plugins you use, WP Listing’s GitHub repository is open to the public, allowing you to see exactly what you’re getting when installing it.

Finally, if the idea of launching your own real estate app for iOS sounds appealing to you (as it should!), you might want to look into Realia. Even though the iOS app package is separate from the plugin, you’ll want to maintain a uniform look between both versions of your listings.

Conclusion

Real estate is a tough market to break into, but it can also be hugely profitable. An elegant and effective website will help you get a leg up over your competition, whether you’re an up-and-coming agent or a developer fattening up his portfolio.

If you’re ready to try your hand, all you need to do to get started is:

  1. pick whichever plugin fits your needs the best (don’t forget to look through their features!),
  2. set it up, and
  3. start uploading your listings!

Once you’re done with that, you can sit back and start thinking up jokes for your Realtor of the Year acceptance speech.

Do you have any experience with real estate plugins? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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13 Comments

  1. I assume all these plugins work well with Divi and Extra?

    • Nathan B. Weller

      We don’t test every plugin we feature on the blog with our themes. That said, there isn’t any reason they shouldn’t work well together. If you happen to test any of them and they don’t play well with Divi or Extra you can create a ticket in our support forum and we’ll work on making them work better together.

  2. What I have found is the big question is actually integrating with the local MLS listings which the realtors are already a part of… and all the local rules and regulations,

    • I second this! There should be a plugin more friendly with the MLS. It’s beyond me this is so hard to find. All the plugins are almost useless for real estate agents without being able to display MLS listings on their site. You can put your own listings on a wordpress site without a plugin. The real value of an agent’s or broker’s site is displaying the MLS.

      “Browse these listings and then give me a call when you find one you want!”….. right?

  3. Would like to see a plugin directed toward the rental market. Both residential as well as vacation rentals. Would any of these fit the bill?

    • me too… have you found that any of these work well for rentals?

  4. So glad to have this overview. I’m looking to add a real estate plugin to my site, so the timing was perfect. Thanks, Tom.

    Question: I’m using DIVI (awesome) and only a small portion of my site will be devoted to real estate. Which of these plugins would you recommend for that scenario?

  5. Thanks for this article! I am in the planning stages of a site for my first Real Estate client now, so your timing is perfect!

    One additional thing that would be really helpful to know about each of these resources is connectivity with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The vast majority of realtors have a membership to their state’s MLS, which makes their listings available to a national network of realtors. It would be a duplication of effort to have to enter, modify, or remove listings from their website manually in addition to doing the same via MLS.

    Based on my research so far, there is a monthly or annual fee to connect your website to the MLS (and you have to already be a member), plus you would need a plugin or theme that can facilitate it. It would be a great addition to this list to show which are able to do so.

  6. Hello
    what I noticed installing CMS for real estate agents , is that they are all done very well , but none of them considers that the updates , once delivered the work to the customer , they will be made ​​by employees who know nothing of CMS and updates . This is to say that it should , because it was really functional , design a plugin usable even by people who do not know CMS .
    Thank you

  7. Do any of these plugins allow importing from feeds?

  8. Wonderful tips to use for the real estate site. Thank your for sharing this

  9. Thanks for sharing
    Incidentally, I also need this information on my property website
    Thanks, I think not too late 🙂

  10. Thanks for your effort,
    I would like to create a real estate website and let the users and agents to add their properties in my site for advertising purpose, and I want to charge them with some penny.

    Is it possible to add gateway to one of these plugins to charge the customer when submitting his/her property?

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