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Houzez is a premium real estate WordPress theme developed in June 2016 by Favethemes, an Envato elite author. This template comes with many dedicated tools, like the advanced search, property page templates, virtual tour, submissions and pre-made demos. With this theme, agents and agencies will be able to build beautiful and flexible real estate websites.

Design

Houzez was designed with alluring and fine lines. It comes with a responsive and retina ready layout to help you and your visitors stay engaged from any device with the website. You can choose to display the content in a boxed or fullwidth way, depending on how do you want to attract users to your website. If you want to give your site a quick start, you can do this by importing one of the 10 demos that come bundled with the theme.

When you want to create a new page, you have the page builder at your disposal and a lot of elements like Houzez Grids, Blog Posts Carousel, Properties by IDs and more. Also, the theme comes with over 30 pre-made page templates and extra options related to header type (Properties Slider, Revolution Slider, Image, Video) or page navigation. Also, you are allowed to change header or footer styles and customize them with widgets, social networks or listings button directly from the backend theme panel.

Houzez is a versatile product and will help you design a beautiful real estate or agency website with sliders, left or right sidebars, custom widgets, desired fonts and the list is getting bigger.

As this theme was specially built for the real estate industry, the Properties get the most of the attention. You can add as many Property Types, Features, Status, City, Neighborhood, County/State, Labels that you want and modify the permalinks for each category.

One of the greatest features of this theme is the possibility to create invoices using the Houzez Invoices system and complete the set of details. Also, you can add attractive listings pack using the Houzez Packages and pick a billing period, frequency, price, and visibility.

The Houzez template has a built-in frontend submissions option, which allows the users to register any type of property, including child / sub-properties. The users are also able to submit floor plans of their properties that will catch the customer’s eyes. An essential tool for this type of themes is the advanced search, that is highly customizable, you can establish which are the search fields, visibility, prices list and other options. The theme provides Google maps support through the Google API which gives you the option to visualize the listings with the street view, and you can pick your very own map style.
It comes with membership and payment options (monetization through Paypal, Stripe or direct/wire). The author implemented a system that shows properties that look similar to the one’s visitors are watching and a 360-degree virtual tour to outline the listing page products.

An important tool of the Houzez is the Layout Manager which helps you to organize the Property items, simply by dragging and dropping what information to be shown in each listing.

Functionality

The theme comes with a well structured Theme Options panel with many sub-sections that provide settings related to Logos, Headers, Footers, Splash page, Properties, Typography, Taxonomies and a lot more. Besides the Theme Options panel from the backend, some of the customization can be applied on frontend using the Customizer. Houzez is powered by the page builder Visual Composer plugin, that comes with frontend and backend editing functionalities.

Widgets from the sidebars always carry out attention over the entire website. So, the Favethemes author created custom widgets like the Mortgage Calculator, Code Banner, Instagram Slider, Recent View Properties and 13 more.

The theme comes with the premium Visual Composer and Revolution Slider plugins. It also comes to the Houzez Login Register and Houzez Theme – Functionality custom plugins. As for the theme’s compatibility with other plugins, Houzez was tested with WPML and IDX and works properly. If you want to use it with the right to left writing system, this template is RTL supported.

GENERAL
Item name Houzez
Category Real Estate
Type Premium
Author Favethemes
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 1.4.5
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1170 px
Browser compatibility IE9+ / FF / Opera / Safari
Bbpress Yes
Buddypress Yes
WPML Yes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 30
Widgets 17
Header styles 4
Footer styles 2
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Social networks Yes
Custom Page Builder Visual Composer
Shortcodes -
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 10
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater -
IDX plugin compatibility IDX Broker, iHomefinder dsIDXPress
Google maps Yes
Geo location Yes
Street view Yes
Front-end property submissions Yes
Floor plans Yes
Paid membership / submissions Yes
Property layouts 3
Agent layouts 1
Compare properties Yes
Child properties Yes
Booking -
Property reviews -
Custom post types 6
Custom slider Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 1.41 mb
Overall speed Medium
Perfomance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 190
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Medium
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, Houzez Login Register, Houzez Theme - Functionality
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Very good

Performance

We have tested the Houzez’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content loads with a medium speed.

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Houzez PageSpeed

Downsides

The theme’s documentation is less detailed than expected, though it comes with some screenshots and explicit video tutorials. There is no built-in translation panel, but the theme is WPML compatible. The template doesn’t come with an automatic theme updater, you have to do it manually. Houzez has a preview typography for Google fonts, but there are no possibilities to add custom or Typekit ones.

Houzez
Category: Real Estate
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Conclusion
The Houzez template is beautiful, flexible and continuously improved by its developers. There is no need to have coding skills, a beginner agent could quickly come up with a real estate website in a short time. Interactive tools like all of those related to the immovable industry make this theme to be even more pleasant to work with. Custom widgets, property additional options, memberships, compatibility with most of the plugins make Houzez a worthy theme.
Good for
  • Elegant and versatile design
  • Many pre-made page templates
  • Front-end property submissions
  • Floor plan submissions
  • 360-degree virtual tour for items
Not so good for
  • No translation built-in
  • No custom fonts
  • No auto-update
  • No booking
  • No property reviews
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Lisa Jones
Editor-in-chief of WPion. 100% passionate about WordPress, Lisa is part time web developer and part time front-end designer. With a master's degree in computer science, she is specialized in CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL and PHP. Lisa uses her knowledge and experience to offer you a complete analysis of WordPress most popular themes and plugins.

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