Friday, February 12, 2010

OH - The Buzz

OpenHomez is now on Google Buzz. New open house listing will be posted on our Buzz for all to see. If you'd like to follow on Google Buzz go to the profile and click on the Follow OpenHomez button or just click on the Follow On Buzz button to the right.

Monday, November 16, 2009 Goes Mobile

Recently we implemented a mobile site at The site is designed for searching active listings from a mobile (small form factor) device. The full capabilities of are currently not available on, but we are considering extending the features.

Have a look at and see what you think.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bing Maps and SEO Improvements

Our recent additions include adding a link (Aerial) to the property listing page that will take you to the Bing Maps bird's eye view of the property.

In addition, we have changed the TITLE of each property listing to include the address of the property. Hopefully, this will provide added Search Engine Optimization and additional coverage by the search engines.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Single RSS Feed For Multiple Agents

If you have multiple agents or listing IDs with you can now combine their listings into a single RSS feed. As an example, you might have individual agents with their Open Houses listed independently but you would also like to have a consolidated list of Open Houses for your office.

Using the URL template:,y,z

you can create a list of IDs to be included in the RSS feed. You can still have unique feeds by specifying a single ID after "ids=" but now you can also create a combined list. You can find your ID at the top of your Account page in

Using this syntax and free tools such as Feed2JS you can create code that can be embedded into you Web site to show a dynamic list of your Open Houses.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Features For Consumers

For some time now we have had a Features List for agents and agencies. We thought it was about time to add a list of Features For Consumers. Below is a list of features intended specifically for consumers and to assist them with their hunt for open houses. Links in the list refer to blog entries describing the feature in detail. First, the basic search:

From the home page click the Search link on the left. No need to sign in. From the OpenHomez Search Page you can search by Zip code or city name or you can simply select from the list of Zip codes below the search box. The numbers in parenthesis next to the Zip codes are the number of active open houses in that Zip code.

Search Results Page
Your search will likely take you to a search results page where a list of properties matching your search are displayed. You can view the detailed listing by clicking on the thumbnail picture of the property or on the address. But wait, there's more!

  • Hovering - Hover over the thumbnail picture or the icon following the address and you will see a preview of property listing.

  • RSS Feeds of Search - Near the top of the page you will see the familiar RSS feed icon (). Clicking on this link will provide you the results of your search in RSS format. You can use this link in any RSS reader to view your search results.

  • Download Map/GPS Data - By clicking on the Download link on the Search Page (in the text near the top of the page) you can download a file suitable for uploading into your favorite mapping program or your GPS.

  • Map Your Search - By clicking on the map link on the Search Page (in the text near the top of the page) you can create a Google Map of your search results.

  • Share Your Search - By clicking on the button on the left under the menu you can share the results of this search on over 50 social networks. You can also print or email the results of the search.

  • Get Notified - At the bottom of the Search Results page you will see a chicklet. If you click on this icon you will automatically be notified of changes in this search.

  • Options - are presented in the form of icons at the end of individual listing in your search results. Click on the icon to view the listing, click on the icon to download map/gps data for this listing, or click on the icon to download this listing to your calendar.

Options When Viewing A Listing
When you are viewing an individual listing you have several other options. Here are a few.

  • Map & Driving Directions - Click on this link to map and acquire directions to the property.

  • Download to GPS - Download the listing to your GPS.

  • Download to Calendar - Download this open house information to your calendar.

  • Tweet/ReTweet - Use the Tweet/Retweet chicklet to send this listing to your Twitter account using TweetMeMe.

  • Dwellicious - Use the Dwellicious chicklet to add this listing to the Dwellicious Real Estate social bookmarking site.

  • Share The Listing - Use the Share chicklet to email, print, or share this listing to multiple social sites.

There are more features coming. Come back to this list often or just browse the and experiment with each of the features.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sharing A Listing And Social Bookmarking

We've now added a social bookmarking and sharing button from AddThis to each listing. Not only does the button allow viewers to add the listing to over 60 social sites, it also allows the viewer to bookmark, print, and email the listing. The button appears near the bottom of each listing page.

We have also added this Share Button to the right sidebar of this blog. Check it out for yourself. It's over there ======>