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Now a days we can’t think about a real estate site without IDX. IDX became too familiar among all and thus the demand for IDX integrated websites is also increasing. You may think that what’s this IDX all about and what’s the benefits of this, as its having an increasing demand in the market. So let us get basic idea on this topic.
IDX means Internet Data Exchange. It simply pulls listing data from your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and displays this information on your own website.Buyers are opting this as they need vast data to find out their dream choice. IDX provides the information they need on your website, with your branding, and your contact information.
Isnt it simply superb.
While choosing an IDX provider you have to take care of the following:
Almost all MLS providers support IDX (Internet Data Exchange) or RETS (Real Estate Transaction Standard) as a standard for their members to display MLS listings on their own website. You have to verify whether your MLS is supporting the IDX plugin you wish to use.
Ease of Use.
Search engine optimization.
Lead Capture/Calls To Action.
There are 3 different methods for IDX MLS Integration:
IDX Framing, which is organic MLS integration method, displays only the MLS listings on your website through iFrame . This means there is no real data transfer from the MLS to the real estate website and all the listing information loads directly from the MLS provider. The disadvantage of this method is poor SEO for your site.
IDX FTP Integration transfers the MLS Data to the real estate website database through FTP. This method loads data from the MLS account in given interval of time. In this scenario the website listing data loads directly from the website database and will help the website to be seen more in the results of a Google search.
RETS Integration is an Organic MLS Integration method which transfers the MLS Data to your website database through RETS Technology (Real Estate Transaction Standard). This method is becoming popular. The main advantage of this method is that RETS provides MLS data on hourly basis. So whenever an update occur , MLS account will suddenly reflect in your site.
Popular IDX providers you can choose from:
Diverse Solutions : http://www.diversesolutions.com/
IDX broker : http://www.idxbroker.com/
Displet : http://displet.com/
Flexmls : https://www.flexmls.com/
IHomeFinder : http://www.ihomefinder.com/
There are many more plugins available. We have to choose the best based on our requirement.
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