With JEA, you can manage properties in backend or frontend interface. You can add multiple images and manage features for each property. There is powerful search capabilities based on component features.
JEA is designed to be flexible and extensible :
Layouts can be easily overridden in your template and JEA can be extended with plugins.
-ACL management (≥ Joomla 2.5.x)
-Rentals and sales management
-Backend and frontend management
-Automatic picture resizing
-Easy gallery management for each property
-AJAX search filter
-Contact form for each properties
-Native translations : French, English and Spanish
-DPE plugin (Energy efficiency)
-Plugin entries to extend the JEA core
Having used nearly every Real Estate system out there for Joomla, I can tell you that this system works.
But not 100% out of the box.
You will have to dive into the language files, some .php and .css files to achieve the desired results. When you do this, you will end up with a nicely functioning Real Estate site. I also had to modify the Modules .php also. (all pretty easy fixes)
The front end, after translation and adjustments, works 100% (although I have tested only 1 agent).
There is no problems with the backend admin.
All things considered, I will recommend this if you are a developer and can get into the guts and do what you need. For the casual user it still works, but maybe not as expected.
Keep up the good work I'm sure better versions will be forthcoming.
There doesn't seem to be much participation in the forum, but I'm not going to sit here and complain because it's free. If the bugs were fixed I would pay money for this. I have 2 other guys working on the bugs, if this gets too expensive I'll have to choose another.
This is my main problem:
1) The company has 5 agaents
2) Each Agent gets permissions to post and edit their own listings
3) The first problem was when the agent uploaded the first photo it sent you away to another page.
4) Now that that's fixed there are front end problems, like when you click a property after search it takes you nowhere.
5) When agents browses and selects main image it will upload it but it will throw you off the page so you have to find it again to post other pictures.
I very much hope you keep refining JEA and continue to add features. I am looking forward to any future updates.
One question - I think I am being stupid - how did you create the search layout where you can check boxes for features? I would very much like to implement this.
What I really liked is that JEA can easily be adapted for other situations / business, like car sales, boat sales to mention a few.
I think that it could offer a bit more flexibility in the output layout of the component without having to create an override, like the ability to show only the type / city / main picture and price of the property. The possibility to show properties in columns would also be nice. But since this is beta 0.7 I believe that this kind of improvement will come in future versions. I would say the same for the Emphasis module.
Congratulations for the great work Philip. As soon as I have finished my translation I will send you the files. I think this is the least I can do to help your development.
I am converting an Open-Realty site and decided to go with this rather than CMS Realty.
With a little more options for configuration it would be worth as a paid extension.
This component hasn't totally been configured for English users, with lots of French terms in both front and backend data entry points.
Also when configuring, the change-table function doesn't work, so Property Types is the only working function. I added Houses, Apartments, Land, etc., then switched to Towns or Department (should be County), but entries were added back to Properties instead.
I had to uninstall, will look forward to properly functional final release.
I'd like to suggest a selectable random feed of properties to the front page.