Real estate board MLS® Systems make property listing data available to IDX vendors, such as iHomefinder, via an IDX data feed. We use the industry standard RETS protocol in most of the MLS® Systems we serve. We provide FTP IDX in some areas, although we no longer add new data feeds using FTP. (FTP does not allow for data management as efficiently as RETS.) We do not offer IDX via frameable links or smartframe links from an MLS® System.
IDX companies typically download updated property data from an MLS® System several times per day, store it in a database, and make it available for search and display on their clients’ websites. In some areas, agents and brokers might be able to get a direct IDX data feed from their MLS® System, although they would then need to implement a costly system, with professional programming skills, for downloading, storing and displaying the data.
IDX is only available for members of Real estate board MLS® Systems for display on their websites. Vendors like iHomefinder cannot provide IDX to non-members or for purposes other than member website display.
In most boards, agents and brokers can have IDX on their own websites, as can teams of agents and entire offices. Some boards only allow IDX for brokers and offices, not agents. In all areas, IDX accounts cannot be shared by agents or brokers in different brokerage offices, as each IDX website needs to be licensed under one designated local broker.
You need to fill out IDX paperwork, normally with broker signature, and be approved for iHomefinder IDX by your real estate board before we can provide listings for your website. This can take a couple of business days to complete after you sign up for a paid account and return your paperwork to us (or longer in some boards). We’ll automatically email you full instructions for your board when you become a paying client.