The Thinkery LLC

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Code, coffee and Coeur d'Alene. We're happy to live here, work here, and raise our families here. Since 2009 the Thinkery has been developing software for the world from North Idaho.

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IProperty 3.3.4 now available!

The latest and greatest IProperty yet has been released-- Intellectual Property 3.3.4 for Joomla is now available at http://extensions.thethinkery.net. This is the top real estate extension in the open source market, and the best just keeps getting better!

Here's a list of the newest features and product enhancements from the 3.3.4 build:

* Bug fix - fixed issue in agent/company/category image uploader refresh
* Bug fix - fixed missing property helper in admin properties view
* Bug fix - fixed agents per page setting in companyagents view
* Bug fix - fixed issue in quick search module query with keyword text
* Bug fix - issue with categories in Related Properties module
* Bug fix - fixed missing linkedin and fb fields in front-end agent form
* Bug fix - removed deprecated sensor param from gmaps
* Bug fix - improved callback for streetview tab
* Bug fix - issue with available date selector
* Bug fix - fixed issue with agents view not respecting limit
* Bug fix - fixed issue with availability calendar timezone
* Bug fix - removed deprecated param set method in modules
* Bug fix - change behavior so users can't save duplicate favorite listings
* Bug fix - fixed issue with gallery uploader when no map provider is selected
* Bug fix - hide driving directions plugin when no map provider is selected
* Bug fix - fixed issue with cat module helper
* Enhancement - Added category map marker field and functionality to show different markers for each category
* Enhancement - fixed static methods in Feed model
* Enhancement - added sale type option to AdvSearch2
* Enhancement - added open graph tags to category and allproperties menu items
* Enhancement - adding subdivision filter to category and allproperties menu items
* Enhancement - adding subdivision filter to advsearch
* Enhancement - made update check only check once per week to avoid loading delays
* Enhancement - added inclusions amenity type
* Enhancement - added grid view to agent and company properties
* Enhancement - rebuilt request forms to work with reCaptcha v2
* Enhancement - restyled details tab to fit span width better
* Enhancement - added admin icons back into admin layout
* Enhancement - rewrote backup / restore routine for mysqli
* Enhancement - removed deprecated SimplePie in favor of JFeed
* Enhancement - rebuilt sidebar to minimize code duplication
* Enhancement - CSS fixes and style improvements
* Feature - added new Slideshow Glide module to replace deprecated Mootools-based Galleria
* Feature - include property listing title / link on agent / company contact button click
* Feature - added map marker icon option to category object
* Feature - added map category legend showing new map icons with category
* Feature - rebuilt / tested core features for PHP 7.0 compatibility
* Feature - added support for Falang front-end editing features

IProperty 3.3.2 is out now!

The latest and greatest IProperty yet has been released-- Intellectual Property 3.3.2 for Joomla is now available at http://extensions.thethinkery.net. This is the top real estate extension in the open source market, and the best just keeps getting better!

Here's a list of the newest features and product enhancements from the 3.3.2 build:

* Enhancement - removed extra getPropertyItems call in ajax controller
* Enhancement - optimized query helper
* Enhancement - added color-coded icons / cat icons to advanced search
* Enhancement - added search by sqft, acreage and lotsize to quick search
* Enhancement - added RANDOM() orderby to default IP Agents, Companies, Properties
* Enhancement - added select options to slideshow module
* Enhancement - added alias to csv / xml import objects
* Feature - new Advanced Search view (advsearch2) added
* Feature - added keyword search to Advanced Search
* Feature - added option to upload property images to Amazon S3 
* Feature - improved keyword search syntax 
* Feature - added ZSearch Zillow-style search module
* Feature - added Planwise.com finacial module
* Feature - added option for pre-text on Category and All Props views
* Feature - added bio / description option to Company
* Feature - added Featured filter option to Category and All Props menu items: show ONLY featured
* Feature - added location options to Random / Featured Agent modules
* Feature - added jLike plugin (requires jLike extension to be installed)
* Feature - added location option to Companies and Agents menu items
* Feature - added Grid layout for Category and All Props views
* Feature - added option to show / hide category, property and location tab on advanced search
* Feature - added Craigslist / HTML generator plugin
* Feature - added YouTube embed plugin
* Feature - added Top Producer lead tracking plugin
* Feature - added Open Exchange Rate currency conversion plugin

The key takeaways there are a whole new ajax advanced search view, which is triggered by map moves and zooms rather than sliders, a bunch of new modules and plugins, and the ability to upload your listing photos to Amazon S3, which is a best practice for fast and efficient page loading.

We also added a new grid layout to give you even more options for how to display your site, and improved the speed and accuracy of searches.

Why IFramed Real Estate Results are Unacceptable

Agents contact us all the time and ask if they can use their MLS Associations' "framed" results with our Intellectual Property Joomla Real Estate real estate website component.

The answer, unfortunately, is no. Without writing an unethical screen scraper, we couldn't get the data from the iframed page into the IProperty database.

But there's a bigger issue at stake here.

Agents who are new to internet marketing and real estate websites in general are missing out on a crucial fact-- iframed (or "smart framed") real estate listings on their site don't do them any good at all!

Read more: Why IFramed Real Estate Results are Unacceptable

Introducing Bonfiresites!

For several years we've been working on our Intellectual Property for FlexMLS / Spark Platform-- merging the incredible power of Intellectual Property with the Spark Platform API by FBS Data. This results in a seamless blend of the Joomla real estate workhorse you know and love with the freshest, near-real-time MLS listing data from your FlexMLS account. 

We've now taken this one step further and are introducing Bonfiresites.com -- a totally managed and hosted environment where you can enjoy the best of both worlds-- a totally hosted Joomla 3.x site, with Intellectual Property installed and configured to run-- and with the addition of your FlexMLS API keys, suddenly the site is fully populated with your listings data as well as ALL the listings you can access in the MLS! Users can search with the IProperty tools including the advanced search views, and you can customize the modules, plugins and other sweetness (like galleries, slideshows, agent profiles, etc.) to reflect your individual style.

Apply any standard template you like-- customize til your heart's content, or let your own designer / techie go to town. You can use any Joomla extensions, and work with your site just like any other Joomla installation.

If you're a designer who wants to get into the game, become a reseller, and you can create any number of FlexMLS-powered websites for your clients. If you're an agent, get all your friends to sign up and your account could cost you nothing! Want to keep your hands clean? No problem! We also offer premium packages that include install and design services.

Hear over to https://www.bonfiresites.com now to take a look!

Social Real Estate Made Easy

It's no secret that leveraging social media is one of the best tactics an independent agent or brokerage can use to broaden the scope of their marketing efforts without investing a lot of money. If you're successful and one (or more!) of your listings goes viral, you're going to see a huge increase in traffic across all your web properties, leading to more leads, more referrals and hopefully more closed business.

So what are the main avenues for social real estate?

Read more: Social Real Estate Made Easy

The Thinkery LLC
118 N 7th Street
Suite B11
Coeur d Alene ID 83814

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