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Real Homes is a clean and neat WordPress theme released in November 2013 by Inspiry Themes, an Envato power elite author. This template brings all the tools and options you might need to build a real estate website. If you are an independent agent or do you want to develop an online business, this can be the perfect theme for your site.

Design

Real Homes is a beautiful looking theme, built with a clean and elegant design. It comes with a responsive and retina ready layouts to create a pleasant user experience across all devices. This template is loaded with features and tools designed to help you build a neat website.

Although it doesn’t have demos, if you would like to take the theme for a ‘test drive’ without building pages and posts from scratch, you can import the dummy data from the theme’ package.

Real Homes comes with over 20 page templates, ready to be used and customized to create unique pages for your online business. You can give a different look to each page mixing spectacular blog pages with the specialized ones like Agent Listing, Favorite Properties, Submit Property, and so on.

The theme doesn’t come with pre-made header and footer layouts, but you have many options to style these areas. The website’s header can be sticky, and you can show social icons, user navigation, contact information or a banner image on this area. In the ‘Above the footer’ area, you can add a ‘Partners carousel’ and display your business associates. The footer section can be styled with text, border, links or tagline colors and can display a background image or various widgets.

This theme is built for real estate online business, and it comes with specialized tools. In Real Homes theme’ admin area, you’ll find a section dedicated to Properties and their features, types, cities, status, and payments, and you can customize each one to use them later in pages. You can customize the property articles pages by adding various types of files like images, office documents, pdfs, and so on, as property attachments. Real Homes has many templates that allow you to display the properties as a gallery, and you can modify the Agent and Property pages with the front-end page builder.

With this theme it’s easy to make your property more visible, using the floor plans option and add a land map or a building project. The theme allows you to display the information in a creative way adding a beautiful perspective view from above of your properties.

As the online environment is the best place to grow your business by attracting more visitors and potential customers, the theme is built to help you achieve your goals. The template is designed to connect with the industry’s networks for agents and international databases like ITX, but it also allows you to link your social accounts to the website. Your visitors and customers will find it ease to share the site’s interesting content with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

Functionality

Real Homes doesn’t come with a dedicated Theme Options panel as we are used to seeing in corporate and business themes categories. All the functions are added as Tabs in your WordPress admin area, or the settings become available as you try to modify something in particular. You can edit pages and post using the frontend editor called Live Customizer. Real Homes also comes bundled with the drag and drop page builder Visual Composer plugin. Using these two page builders you can adjust everything on the frontend, and see live how the changes affect your websites. The template brings you a user-friendly interface which allows you to customize the site without having any coding skills.

Coming with some custom built widgets. Advance Properties search, Featured properties, Property types, Featured properties related to agent and other widgets will help you develop your online business while enhancing the aesthetics of your website.

Real Homes is designed to be integrated with the industry’s must-have tools. It allows you to embed active real estate listings by installing a related plugin like the IDX, ‘Internet Data Express’. The theme is entirely compatible with the plugin and allows the estate agents to show multiple listing property services on their websites.

If you want to provide enhanced security through Google reCAPTCHA to prevent spam, you’ll be glad to know that this is compatible with the theme. The theme also comes with Revolution slider and is compatible with the WPML plugin.

Real Estate comes bundled with a child theme which is vital for theme customizations because it inherits the functionality and styling of the parent theme. Child themes are the recommended way of modifying an existing theme.

GENERAL
Item name Real Homes
Category Real Estate
Type Premium
Author Inspiry Themes
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 2.6.0
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1200 px
Browser compatibility IE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari / Edge
Bbpress -
Buddypress -
WPML Yes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 21
Widgets 5
Header styles 1
Footer styles 1
Mega menus -
Sticky menu Yes
Social networks Yes
Custom Page Builder Visual Composer
Shortcodes Yes
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 1
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater -
IDX plugin compatibility dsIDXprss
Google maps Yes
Geo location -
Street view Yes
Front-end property submissions -
Floor plans Yes
Paid membership / submissions -
Property layouts 1
Agent layouts 1
Compare properties Yes
Child properties -
Booking -
Property reviews -
Custom post types 1
Custom slider -
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 456 kb
Overall speed Medium
Perfomance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 826
User rating
Learnability Easy
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Detailed
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials -
Search option -
Extra documentation Yes
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Visual Composer, Revolution Slider
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Good

Performance

We have tested the Real Homes’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content is loaded with a medium page speed.

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Real Homes PageSpeed

Downsides

Real Homes doesn’t come with a Theme Options panel where all the setting are gathered in only one place making the customizations and management easier.

Unfortunately, this theme has no prebuilt demos. The theme provides only dummy data which brings you the theme’s basic functionality.

If you want to customize your content’s typography, you must know that you cannot add a custom or Typekit font to the theme.

Real Homes
Category: Real Estate
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Conclusion
In such a competitive environment, a great theme for real estate can make the difference between successful businesses and the others. If you are an agent, a property owner or a website owner ready to launch a startup, Real Homes is a theme with a lot of feature and tools for your enthusiastic effort to build a property related website.
Good for
  • Clean and neat design
  • User-friendly interface
  • Live Customizer with theme panel included
  • Properties Search feature
  • Compare properties system
  • SEO optimized
  • Child theme included in the package
  • WPML compatible
  • RTL ready
Not so good for
  • Not compatible with bbPress and BuddyPress
  • The review and booking systems are not available
  • No option to add custom or Typekit fonts
  • No prebuilt header & footer styles
  • A single property and agent layout
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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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