Load up realestate.com.au this morning and you will see nothing out of the ordinary. However, the revamped version of the market-leading Australian website is now available to a select few beta testers.
Glenn Batten of business2.com.au has outlined his first impressions, stating that the new version is more of an upgrade rather than a full redesign. Changes have been made to the way users can refine their search, including the option to cut out properties currently under offer/contract. The map and quick search options have also been given more prominence on the realestate.com.au home page.
According to Batten, the property pages have moved from a three-column to a two-column design, giving more space to listing content. Other upgrades include the ability to download open house information as an iCal file, a fix for duplicated suburb names in the same state, and a listing comparison system. Batten's screenshot of an example property page can be seen below:
The launch of the updated realestate.com.au is reportedly scheduled for early April, at which time propertyportalwatch.com will publish a full review.