It was a straight-forward task. Find twenty of the best WordPress property management themes currently available for 2017 and put them into a list. They’ve got to look great and be feature packed, ready to go right out of the proverbial box.
But here’s what happened: it turned out there were fewer real estate WordPress themes than I expected, and that not all of them were, shall we say, above average. While I did turn up thirteen that wowed me, or at the very least impressed me (a couple that don’t appear here could have rounded out a longer list), I discovered that the property management themes that excelled on the aesthetic end occasionally fell short on the features and compatibility end, and the ones that were packed to the gills with bells & whistles sometimes looked a bit rough, drab or dated on the front end.
If you’re looking for something a bit more fine-tuned toward apartment management in particular, don’t miss our companion piece on the best single-property WordPress themes for apartment rentals.
Note: since this article was first published, many more excellent premium WordPress real estate themes have been released. It’s since become much more difficult to narrow things down to “best”. So keep in mind that this is all a bit subjective as we proceed, and know that we regularly update this list with our favorites.
Though all the themes on this list hit the mark in terms of appearance, I did have my eye out for some specific features. I would consider the ability to create, search, and browse listings to be essential functionality. Other considerations: compatibility with the dsIDXpress plugin for IDX MLS support, paid listings (with PayPal), Google Maps integration and responsiveness.
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EstateEngine, the latest offering from the WordPress wizards at EngineThemes, is a theme we’ve been anticipating for a while. We’ve made no secret about our admiration for this company in the past, and their industry specific themes rank highly in several of our other round-ups.
And good news, the theme doesn’t disappoint: this is a full-featured real estate solution that has the potential to save thrifty webmasters a bundle in development and design costs. It’s understated on the face of it, with minimal, contemporary design, and its rich with features under the hood.
The theme is highly customizable right on the front-end, to some degree mimicking the experience of popular website builders, and almost every property-oriented feature you’re likely to need is provided (with the possible exception of dsIDXpress support). Users and admins can browse, add and manage properties, review those properties, and share them socially. Site owners can easily monetize their sites with paid listings or ad spaces.
But the primary reason EngineThemes products consistently earn high marks from us comes down to user experience. These guys are UX experts, and it shows. Where other developers are content to wow buyers with visual flair and animated gimmicks, EngineThemes pays attention to the fine details and very obviously bring a lot of real-world development experience into their products.
If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, we recommend clicking through for a full rundown of what this theme has to offer. EstateEngine is SEO optimized, translation ready, and a breeze to install and update.
TL;DR EngineThemes does everything right and we love them for it.More Info/Download
The team at WPCasa do only one thing: create frameworks, themes, and plug-ins for building real estate and property websites for WordPress. So instead of listing each of their themes individually, for this selection, we’ve opted to simply roll ’em all up and recommend the company overall.
WPCasa have been creating real estate themes for WordPress for several years now, and the experience is evident throughout both the framework and the themes. Everything you need to build a robust site for your realty business or property can be done with WPCasa’s expertly thought out and realized product.
A listing editor, advanced searching capabilities, and administrator property management are at the heart of the framework, and functionality can be further extended thanks to the selection of add-ons and plug-ins (both free and premium). Free add-ons include a listings map, and agent list, and gravity forms support.
Themes can be purchased individually or all at once. Each one offers a elegant, clean and modern design. The UX intuitive performance is snappy. All of WPCasa’s themes, the framework, and plug-ins are well documented and excellently supported.
Be sure to check out their site and demos for more comprehensive overview. Chances are, this is the solution you’re looking for.More Info/Download
Not quite a WordPress property management theme in the traditional sense, WP Rental is designed for webmasters with business models and goals more closely aligned to those of AirBnB and competing websites. It’s a fully-featured listing & booking platform that allows property managaers to sign up, create, and manage listings for rooms, apartments, condos, and houses. Hell, mansions if they got ’em. Pool houses. Haunted castles?
Travelers can then browse and book these listings, and the property owner (that’s you, or your client, presumably) takes a cut of each booking in the form of a commission (or you can charge property managers based on a subscription model). Both Paypal and Stripe are integrated as payment systems.
Note that this theme won’t be a great fit for actual real estate listings: if your agency is selling houses, the rest of the themes on our list will be more useful to you.
The usability and UX is exemplary, fully supporting front-end submissions. Property owners will have no trouble creating listings, and can set price discounts for extended stays and additional fees for extra expenses.
WP Rental goes a few steps further, and encourages visitor engagement via support for FaceBook, Gmail and Yahoo registration/login. Google Maps is fully integrated. Secondary features are strong, and the popular premium plugins Slider Revolution and Visual Composer are bundled free. Hardly remarkable these days (it might be required to include these by law), but worth a nod.
WP Rental is responsive, built on Bootstrap, and retina-ready for the high-resolution crowd. It’s WPML compatible for translation and, hey, we haven’t even mentioned the back-end options panel yet.
TL;DR This is no doubt the best rental theme of it’s type. If this is the business model you’re going for (AirBnB), just get it and start making money.More Info/Download
The new Oikia theme from cssigniter is perhaps most notable for its simplicity and usability: this straight-forward theme provides you with the tools you’ll need for your real estate website – dynamic filtering and map integration, for example – but manages to do it in a slim, optimized package. You won’t get bogged down by an endless array of confusing options or bizarre installation requirements.
Beyond the theme’s fantastic design and layout, the developers have included plenty of room for tweaks, adjustments, and more extensive customization to help you make it your own. Layouts can be created, edited, and scraped using the intuitive drag & drop page builder, users can rework color & typography using the back-end options panel, and various elements can be toggled on and off.
Oikia is also SEO optimized to help boost you ranking in the SERPs (pretty important!), and it’s optimized for speed, earning a coveted A+ on YSlow. The theme performs great on mobile devices – even those boasting high-resolution displays (Oikia is retina-ready, as they say).
Oikia is constantly updated and eagerly supported by the extremely professional cssigniter team, who have a reputation for going above and beyond. There’s even a support forum for digging up solutions to common problems quickly. Good stuff. The experience and reliability of the developer is partly what earns it a top spot on our list.More Info/Download
Although the name dregs up a few bad memories thanks to that god-awful 90s sitcom, Fullhouse is shaping up to be one of ThemeForest’s fastest selling WordPress property management themes. Created by a best-selling Envato author, the theme is tremendously flexible and comes with a selection of awesome features.
Three unique homepage presets are included, along with multiple layouts and premade pages. And while the design looks fantastic out-of-the-box, the theme can be further customized (as you might expect) on the backend via the WordPress Live Customizer. Colors, fonts, and all that good stuff are fully tweakable. Go nuts.
Simply put, this is an exceptionally well-crafted product from the ground up, put together by a team that clearly knows what they’re doing. Worth a closer look.More Info/Download
We almost put this theme a bit higher in the list just because we like the design so much, but the feature set is just *a bit* thinner than the selections we’ve looked at so far. Still. its modern and professional design is truly a winner, placing high emphasis on readability, and cleverly drawing focus to the content and creating visual interest without being overbearing or ostentatious. (Certainly not as ostentatious as that description, at least.) It includes five homepage variations, the default being a slick one-page style featuring engaging animations and visual cues.
Along with the basic real estate features, Google maps Street view is integrated, advanced filtering is provided, and the theme supports front-end property submissions. One click demo installation makes it a easy to install and to set up, and detailed documentation and great support are available if you run into trouble. RealtySpace is built on top of the pretty sweet Bootstrap 3 framework from Twitter.
Worth noting: this is one of the best-selling property and real estate themes on the ThemeForest marketplace this year, with an with an incredibly impressive 4.98 out of 5 rating. I’m not sure how they managed that, frankly–usually you get at least one impossible-to-please reviewer who drags down the rating with unrealistic expectations and demands.More Info/Download
Real Places is a remarkably popular and well-received theme, maintaining a score of nearly 5/5 stars on the ThemeForest marketplace. The contemporary, professional design boasts plenty of a character, and its topped off with an excellent UX: Real Places supports coveted usability features like front-end forms and submissions for realtors/property managers, and drag & drop layout building for site admins. Performance is speedy and lag free.
The developers have provided lots of room for customization and variation, and must-have features like Google maps integration and dsIDXpress plugin support are included.More Info/Download
Aesthetically, Skyestate occupies a space similar to EngineThemes’s EstateEngine, above. Clean lines, lots of white, open space, and flat design techniques come together to create a professional, classy look. By perfecting the UX and embracing content-focused design over visual bloat and distracting gimmicks, the developers have ensured that performance is noticeably snappy and responsive.
Front-end submission is supported, along with dsINXpress plugin compatibility and Google maps. The theme is versatile, with several layout presets to choose from, and Visual Composer is bundled free for drag & drop page building.
Skyestate is mobile and retina-ready, providing a consistent user experience across all modern devices. Translation ready and well documented. Good stuff.More Info/Download
WP Pro Real Estate 7
WP Pro Real Estate 7 is everything you need to build a fully-featured real estate website. Beyond the fantastic, pixel-perfect design, features like the front-end submission system, built-in support for the dsIDXpress plugin, and a powerful page builder make this theme an excellent option.
The theme is fully responsive and retina-ready, meaning it’s going look and work great on pretty much any device you view it on. It’s SEO optimized, and the powerful admin panel gives you lots of settings to tweak and adjust on the back-end. Cool beans.
WP Pro Real Estate 7 is the seventh entry in a (very) popular series of real estate themes for WordPress. And its predecessors are still available, if you want to check those out.More Info/Download
I suppose I couldn’t include Realty on this list without mentioning that it’s currently the highest rated real estate theme on the ThemeForest marketplace. It’s a pleasure to work with, for both admins, developers and visitors – and, as always, the high rating means a world-class support team stands behind the product.
This theme is so feature-rich that I simply don’t have the room to cover it all here, but a few of the highlights are: advanced Google map integration, custom property fields, front-end property management, PayPal support for paid listings, favoriting, and dsINXpress support.
Developers who’ll be working with the theme might also be interested to know that it was built using LESS, and the LESS stylesheets are included. Could come in handy!More Info/Download
Another steal on Themeforest, priced at $58, Real Homes includes everything you need to get your property site rockin’ n’ rollin’. The full-width photo slider is definitely a nice addition.More Info/Download
RealEstate is features a clean, contemporary design and all the functionality you’ll need to build a cutting-edge property management website. Some of it’s capabilities include: advanced searching, Google map integration, dsINXpress support, and detail property listings.
Twenty color variations are provided out of the box, and multiple header setups give you additional flexibility. A lot of attention was paid to user experience, and users can easily submit and edit their properties on the front end. Advance theme options provide room for more customization. The theme is SEO ready and WPML compatible.More Info/Download
Like the other themes on this list, Citilights was specifically designed and developed for real estate agencies and property management. It’s one of the newest themes on our list, and that’s reflected in the modern, cutting-edge design and features. On the design end, subtle flourishes like CSS3 transitions, and an elegant, unique homepage layout are part of what makes this theme a stand-out.
As far as features go, Citilights provides frontend submissions and agent profiles. The dashboard has been expertly designed with UX (user experience) in mind. Paid listings are supported, as well as Geolocation, and the dsIDXpress plugin for integrating MLS listing date. The theme is translation ready, and a power admin panel gives you extended control over how things look and happen on the frontend.
Guess what else? Revolution Slider and Visual Composer are included!More Info/Download
In terms of design, Bentuestu might be my favorite – I’m always a sucker for minimal design, classy typography, and lots and lots of white space.
This theme is extraordinarily easy to use, too. It’s fully responsive and built on the Bootstrap 3 framework. And, as you might expect, it’s retina-ready and supports all sorts of high-resolution devices.
But most importantly, a complete booking system with an availability calendar is provided. It’s an especially good choice for renting houses, apartments, or B&Bs.
Bentuestu is easy to customize with a straight-forward, intuitive options panel on the backend.More Info/Download
WP Residence embraces a classic layout and design, guaranteeing a pleasing user experience for all of your visitors. The theme is responsive and retina-ready, meaning it’ll look good on everything from that expensive, high-resolution MacBook Pro to the cheapest smartphone.
Features like search saving and e-mail alerts are provided, and you can monetize the site using built-in support for membership packages and paid submissions. Site admins can add custom fields to property listings, and integrate the advanced with these fields. The theme also supports Facebook, Google & Yahoo login to encourage user engagement.
A couple of nice extras are bundled in for free, too – Visual Composer, for front end drag & drop page building, and the omnipotent Slider Revolution. That’s not all, either – we recommend looking at the details page for the full rundown of features.More Info/Download
Clean, concise, contemporary. That’s the three C’s, which I just now made up to describe the WP Estate theme. A very “now” look, dslIDXpress support, paid listinsg w/PayPal, Google Maps, Front End submission, and more make this an equally good choice.More Info/Download
I’ve included this one (it was between this and a StudioPress offering) primarily because it’s ElegantThemes, and despite that the overall look of their themes isn’t what’s currently hip, there’s no denying that they still look absolutely fantastic. There’s just something about the way they do that style that always seems to work. This one doesn’t have some of the features of the others, but it’s worth a look if you don’t need ’em anyway. Although we are an affiliate for ElegantThemes (meaning we get a commission if you click-through and purchase the theme), we wouldn’t include it here if it didn’t belong on the list.More Info/Download
Realia WordPress Property Management Theme
Realia boasts a sharp-looking design, clean lines, solid colors. A professional package overall, and like many on this list, worth more than the price tag assigned by Themeforest.More Info/Download
And that’s all for now, folks. Our list of the best WordPress real estate themes for comes to end. Hope you saw something you liked, and gave some poor designer/developer some of your money. Many of them live on grilled cheese and tap water.
Until we meet again. Godspeed.