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A local real estate firm has launched a new website, and another national firm with a local presence has opened a Hampton Roads office.

Porter Realty, a commercial brokerage founded in 1965, decided it was about time to update their old site, which was almost 10 years old.

“It was time for a redesign,” said Liz Greving, marketing director. “We wanted to modernize it and make it more informative and user friendly.”

The new site, which you can view here, was produced by Rick Whittington Consulting and has been in the works since last year, Greving said. Whittington also redesigned Thalhimer’s website in 2007.

Porter’s new site has been active for about a week and half.

Users can now more easily search and view listings using an interactive map, and the overall appearance is more contemporary than the firm’s previous site. (You can view an archived version of here.)

“We are still sort of at the beginning of the process, but we are expecting traffic to pick up,” Greving said, adding that they have already received responses through a contact form that was added to the site.

In other industry news, Jones Lang LaSalle has added a Hampton Roads office.

The Chicago-based real estate firm established its Richmond office last summer after several members of the shuttered GVA Advantis office joined the company.

The Hampton Road office will be headed by Gregg Christofferson, who was formerly the principal broker for Virginia Beach-based Continental Realty Services.

“Richmond has established a good running start and is well stabilized and has grown dramatically since its inception,” said Christofferson.

Christofferson said the two offices will work closely together.

Charlie Polk, the first broker to join the Richmond office, oversees the Richmond/Hampton Roads region for Jones Lang Lasalle, which is part of the firm’s Mid-Atlantic region.

Also at JLL, Todd Weinstein, formerly of Transwestern, will join the Richmond office specializing in multi-family property.

Al Harris covers commercial real estate. Please send news tips to [email protected]

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