As standard specialized real estate software costs thousands to set up (including the backend integration, search functionality) many smaller real estate agents are turning to wordpress to get their business online with minimal expense. Sure, it does not have all the customer and property management functionality needed to run a big agency but it is is more than enough for those selling a small portfolio of properties and will save you a packet compared to the alternatives. Oh, and they can look uber professional. So, lets look at the top real estate wordpress themes available at the moment. Most of these will be $50 or less.
Updated July 2014.
Javo House is a powerful WordPress theme designed exclusively for real estate, with three different presets to choose from. This fully responsive theme is Retina ready and powered by Ajax and jQuery features to create a rich on-page experience for house hunters. Google Maps Pro+, PayPal integration and front-end forms for agents make this one of the most versatile themes out there for real estate.
WP Residence is a feature rich theme for independent agents and agencies, built on Bootstrap 3 in HTML5 and CSS3 and Ajax magic. Once again you are looking at a Retina ready template so properties look as good as your website on high-def displays and the included Visual Composer package gives you full control over page layout and settings.
Mesacreativa have come up with Bentuestu – a stylish theme designed to make renting property super easy. Thanks to a large collection of shortcodes you can organise your content without the need to get your hands dirty with any code. While the Bentuesta Booking System means you can create a complete reservation system to show availability an manage your bookings.
HomeQuest is a real estate theme from ThemeFuse that gets house hunters looking at properties from the minute they land on the page. A custom house search form and detailed property listings on the homepage mean visitors are just a flew clicks away from viewing their next potential home. Like all ThemeQuest templates, HomeQuest is highly customisable so you can find the look and feel to match your business image.
Real Estate Directory
Real Estate Directory is a top real estate template from Templatic, with advanced search options to help users find specific types of property quickly and more effectively. You get full control over content submitted to the site – without restricting property owners and agents from submitting listings.
Vacation Rental is built using the Tevolution plugin to create a powerful booking system for vacation property owners. If you have a holiday home or multiple properties overseas, Vacation Rental makes it easier to cash in on your investment. With features to showcase your holiday home and an online booking system, making money from your vacation property just got a whole lot easier
WP Pro Real Estate 5 WordPress Theme
WP Pro Real Estate 5 Responsive WordPress Theme is a packed full of features and fully utilises the new functions of WordPress 3.0+ and the sdiDX plugin. It includes an easy to use page builder, unlimited skins and background options, tons of options in the admin panel, shortcodes, google fonts. It also looks great on mobile devices due to its attractive retina display responsive design.
The theme was built on the CTframework and includes free updates for life. At the time of writing the latest update was in Oct 2013 having been released 3 months earlier. The author (contempoinc) has stated the code is as clean as possible which will hopefully decrease the load on your servers and result in a fast load time – this is an important google ranking factor nowadays.
AgentPress by Studio Press
As the name suggests the AgentPress WordPress Theme is made and designed for real estate agents or realtors. The home page is totally focused on showing properties and giving home buyers the ability to search for them – this is not just a theme that can be converted to a good real estate theme with a few tweaks – it is ready to go when activated. It comprises of different templates you can use to get the look you want.
It is built by Studiopress on the solid Genesis framework and includes lots of customizable elements. You can choose different colour styles, layouts, backgrounds, menus and widths.
WP Pro Real Estate 2 Theme
The WP Pro Real Estate 2 is still considered one of the most advanced and easy to use real estate wordpress themes. It was originally released in 2010 but has had a succession of upgrades and enhancements since then (the most recent at the time of writing was Aug 2013). It contains an easy to use property listing admin area, advanced search capabilities and an intuitive and useful customer/agent profile management area. It includes built in support for the IDXpress plugin.
It also must be said that the functionality and layout would also work really well for auto dealerships, car rental companies and any business where you need to showcase a product but money does not need to change hands online. You just need to update the the existing taxonomies but the general search functionality and integration with the google maps api works well with all these customer segments.
Real Estate By Templatic
The Templatic Real Estate Theme offers enough flexibility to build a decent property classifieds website. Templatic have focused on getting the back end correct which is so important for setting up a property portal or real estate listing site. Many wordpress designers in this niche rely on getting the front end looking attractive and overlook all the functionality needed on the backend related to customer and property management.
It makes great use of the google maps api to list properties broken down by category on a map. It also has an advanced search function, 5 skins to chose from, bulk import/export for properties and posts, user profile feeds and compatability with the dsIDXpress plugin.
Openhouse Real Estate WordPress Theme
A cutting edge theme for realtors and real estate agent, that’s what Openhouse Theme is all about. It features custom scripts that make adding, deleting and modify listings very easy to do with a light box effect photo gallery included.
Like most real estate wp themes is includes google maps integration which also allows street view. It is designed to be used by single or multi agents and also includes a financial calculator for working out mortgage rates etc. The search functionality is decent which is key in an property listing site – it allows users to search by multiple categories. The support documentation comes in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Elegant Estate WordPress Theme
The Elegant Estate Theme is the only real estate theme by the respected Elegant Themes company. It makes browsing for homes to buy/rent very easy and it adds special integration features for property information, photos, Google Maps and many more. As is standard with Elegant Themes it also includes its own customization admin panel, shortcodes and various page templates to chose from.
DeCasa Real Estate Theme
DeCasa Real Estate Theme created by Themeshift is a relatively minimal theme with a clean design. It was originally created in 2009 but was updated in March 2013. It has a featured property sliders, custom search functionality with an elegant layout, a well designed property details page, google maps integration, an jQuery lightbox image gallery and it uses the new custom menu feature of WordPress 3.0.
Decorum Real Estate Theme
deCorum WordPress Theme by Themeshift has a whole host of useful features for realtors and estate agents. They have kitted out the admin area with many options so you don’t need to have any coding skills to make changes to the post/page layouts, search functionality and property / user management areas. It is a little old now having had the last update in Sept 2009 but the design still looks contemporary and slick.
Unreal Estate - Real Estate WordPress Theme
This another decent theme to add to the growing list of property classified themes. Created in Sept 2013 by FinalDestiny on ThemeForest, the theme has 3 different property layouts, the ability to submit pages from the front end (i.e. add properties), an advanced property search feature and agents integration. As seems to be standard with the newer property related themes, it is responsive and has google maps integrated.