September 25th, 2006 is operated by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). The site is a comprehensive meta-directory of listed properties in New Zealand and is currently the second most popular real estate site in New Zealand.

The site boasts a number of Web 2.0 features including RSS, Google Maps, microformats and AJAX. Every page, every search and every field has a corresponding RSS feed as well as email alert to which visitors can subscribe. This new site is of course search engine friendly, allowing spiders to traverse the site fully through text links. Dates and times of open homes can be saved directly to the calendar software such as Outlook, thanks to the use of microformats.

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  1. Dan says:

    Hey guys, just wanted to congratulate you on doing such a good job with the website. I’m in the process of moving cities and I’ve been using the site to hunt for a new place. Features like the AJAX ‘Add to my property’ and the RSS ‘Subscribe to this Search’ mean that this site totally leaves the competition for dead (plus they seem to have everyone else’s listings and more anyway). Great to see a site that is packed full of content AND is easy to get around and fun to use. My only quibble is the amount of time it takes to load the items in the select dropdowns for the search (I’m on dial-up at home), but other than that it’s all good 🙂


  2. Good post, interesting looking at all the good practice in the code behind their site, but it won’t do their SEO all that good to have 34 validation errors.

  3. by Dave Haygarth — July 16, 2007 @ 3:20 am