What you need to know about IDX feeds
10/30/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff
Wouldn’t it be great to display properties for sale other than your listings on your website? Your MLS’s Internet Data Exchange can help with that.
What is an IDX?
An Internet Data Exchange (IDX) allows brokers the ability to display other brokers’ listings on their public websites or on mobile-device applications that the brokers control. This is done with a feed of listing data provided by the MLS that a broker can add to his or her own website. The process can be as simple as adding a few lines of programming code to your site, depending on what your MLS provides.
How IDX feeds work for you
Adding an IDX feed to your site can attract prospective clients who see the listings while visiting your page and contact you for more information. And allowing your listings to appear in IDX feeds on other brokers’ websites will increase their reach to more people than just those who participate in the MLS.
Learn the rules
Not all IDX feeds are the same, and they don’t all have the same rules. Review your local MLS rules to learn the guidelines in your area. The National Association of REALTORS® has an IDX policy that lets local MLSs adopt certain aspects of the policy as they see fit, so each MLS may have different rules. You’ll find information about NAR’s IDX policy at realtor.org and on the MLS resources page at texasrealestate.com.
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