Website resolutions: 5 design trends for 2016

Full-page video and bold, flat design among other trends will become standard this year
  • There is great value in one-stop, template-based website design services, but ground-up original constructions can create powerful consumer engagement.

Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. With any luck, 2016 will be the year you finally break away from your franchise's website template. The stoic, visually droll pages that brokers somehow sell to new agents have been growing ever more pixelated thanks to the growth of companies like Wingwire and Placester. Still, as convenient, affordable and well-orchestrated as the sites offered by such companies can be, I'm still a fan of ground-up, business-driven layouts molded by the keystrokes and artistry of website design companies. If this is the direction you're headed, here are some of the design trends and features that will help showcase your brand this year. 1. 100-percent responsiveness This may seem as obvious as a TRID violation, but the number of sites out there that are usable on mobile devices as only smaller versions of their desktop selves are too many to count. What we'll ...