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NVAR Wins Progress Sitefinity 2017 Association Website of the Year Award



honored for the best in website creativity, design, user experience, functionality and overall presentation

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA—April 19, 2018—The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® today announced it has been named a 2017 Progress® Sitefinity™ Website of the Year winner in the Association category. Since its inception, the awards have been recognizing websites powered by Progress Sitefinity for creativity, design, user experience, functionality and overall website presentation. Winners were selected from the finalists based on the highest number of votes received during the public voting process.

NVAR teamed up with the Matrix Group International, Inc. to create its new website,, that offers a leading-edge three-audience experience. Recognizing the distinct audiences for Northern Virginia real estate information, the redesigned highlights the most relevant content and areas of interest for each user. Launched on Jan. 5, 2017, the website delivers a tailored browsing experience to:

  • Better showcase its array of member services
  • Encourage member engagement beyond the required licensing courses
  • Feature offerings that help Realtors® conduct their business
  • Foster involvement in NVAR’s various communities
  • Highlight and support its service provider members
  • Reinforce the association’s commitment to consumers.

“Congratulations to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® on this incredible achievement,” said John Ainsworth, senior vice president, core products, Progress. “While thousands of organizations worldwide rely on Progress Sitefinity to personalize and optimize the customer experience across websites and devices, these awards honor the most creative and innovative organizations that deliver differentiated experiences and set the bar in their respective industries.”

The Progress Sitefinity 2017 Association Website of the Year award culminates a post-launch year of forward momentum for NVAR, with website recognition for design and content from: DOTCOMM (Platinum winner), W³ (Silver winner), Hermes Creative (Gold winner), Communicator (Award of Excellence), and AVA Digital (Gold winner),

Since the launch, has seen a 27 percent increase in site visits, a 40 percent increase in pageviews, a 14 percent decrease in bounce rate and a doubling of attendance at its annual conference and trade expo.

“The strides we’ve made this past year have been driven in large part by the vision underlying our new website,” said NVAR CEO Ryan T. Conrad. “At NVAR, our strategic direction is guided by delivering value, innovation and impact – and is now our primary delivery mechanism for realizing those organizational goals.”

The 2017 Website of the Year winners were selected in two phases. First, an internal Progress jury shortlisted the three best websites per category. After narrowing the field, voting was opened to the community at large via email and social media, and the finalists with the highest number of votes were appointed the winners.

This year, 51 websites developed using Progress Sitefinity were nominated across 17 categories: Consumer Goods & Services, Banking, Financial Services, Government, Automotive & Transportation, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, Real Estate & Construction, Services, Technology, Tourism & Hospitality, Food & Beverages, Associations, Non-Profit, Multisite and Graphic Design.

More information about the contest and the winners is available on the “Website of the Year” page.

About the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® serves as The Voice for Real Estate in Northern Virginia and provides a variety of services to its members including educational opportunities, professional standards enforcement, market statistics, legislative reviews, issues lobbying, multiple listing and lockbox services, and more. The purpose of NVAR is to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully, to promote member professional competency, to maintain members’ adherence to the Realtor® Code of Ethics and to promote the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property. NVAR has grown to about 12,000+ Realtors® who carry out a real estate industry in a community of more than 2 million residents. Visit NVAR online at,, and The NVAR headquarters is located at: 8407 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA  22031, with a second service center located in Herndon.

About Matrix Group International

Matrix Group is a leading interactive agency in the Washington, DC area. Matrix Group helps associations nonprofits increase membership, stem membership decline, reach new audiences, articulate a clear brand, and streamline their back office operations. These goals are accomplished through web, mobile, social and e-marketing services.

About Progress

Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) offers the leading platform for developing and deploying strategic business applications. We enable customers and partners to deliver modern, high-impact digital experiences with a fraction of the effort, time and cost.  Progress offers powerful tools for easily building adaptive user experiences across any type of device or touchpoint, award-winning machine learning that enables cognitive capabilities to be a part of any application, the flexibility of a serverless cloud to deploy modern apps, business rules, web content management, plus leading data connectivity technology. Over 1,700 independent software vendors, 100,000 enterprise customers, and two million developers rely on Progress to power their applications. Learn about Progress at or +1-800-477-6473.

Jill M. Landsman

Vice President, Communications & Media Relations



Ann Gutkin

Sr. Director of Communications



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