The Leader of The Pack.
Open-Realty is the leader in free, open source real estate programs. It has been around since 2002 and claims over 18,000 users worldwide. It comes loaded with features for the web developer and the realtor alike. It brings a built-in blog publisher with the ability to hook it up to an existing wordpress blog, and has virtual tours available. It has a ''What you see is what you get'' graphical editor included, which makes web site building for the novice a relatively straightforward and painless process. Like Landshop, it allows the creation of different property classes, although only Open-Realty allows the user to set up an independent category. This would be very useful for a realtor specializing in a specific niche, such as ranches or vineyards.
Open-Realty also allows many commercial add-ons as well. It is the only program allowing Google maps synchronization, and it's also compatible with other real estate related software like the same publisher's IDXManager MLS listing import tool, TransparentRETS MLS listing import tool. The Open-Realty site comes pre-configured to allow site visitors to register with the site to become members, which is a very useful lead-generation tool, as the sign up form captures the prospects name, email, and even the phone number (if they give it).
Another very useful selling point is that Open-Realty can automatically place map, school, and neighborhood information links into the specific listing details for you. While there is a ''professional version'' of Open-Realty available for $169, the only difference between it and the free version is that the free version has the "Powered By Open-Realty®" Logo visible on the homepage. Users of the free version will be limited to the user forums for support.