IDX FAQ For Brokers

How does IRES send the data to their vendors? 

We currently have two options for data delivery – Web API through Bridge Interactive and The RETS server (Real Estate Transaction Standard)

What is IDX?

IDX allows participating brokers to download active listings of other participating brokers on their websites (in accordance with IRES rules and policies).  IDX can also be referred to as Broker Reciprocity or Internet Data Exchange.

Can agents participate in IDX?

Yes, agents can sign up for IDX with the signed approval of their managing broker and the use of an approved 3rd party vendor/web developer.

How do I sign up for IDX?

First you must select a web developer who will implement the IDX data feed onto your website (see a list of current approved vendors).  You and the vendor will complete the request form which they will then submit directly to IRES.  The vendors submit the requests and are the ones responsible for the billing of the data feed.

Is IDX Free?

IRES bills the vendor directly for the IDX fees (which vary).  Please reach out to your web developer directly to determine how they will pass those fees onto you.

Is IDX the only way to add a search feature to my website? 

IRES offers a ColoProperty Framing option.  This search feature isn’t customizable but can be added to your site without a web developer and is included with your paid IRES subscription at no additional charge!  It’s a great option for starting out.  If you find later that you need a more advance search feature you can always upgrade to IDX.

How do I decide if I want IDX or Framing?

Please review this handy comparison we put together for you!

The IDX search function on my website isn’t working, what do I do?

Please reach out to your web developer directly so that they can correct any issues with your website.

Are listing syndication and IDX the same thing?

No!  IDX gives brokers approval to display each other’s listings on their respective websites (by default, all IRES subscribers are opted into IDX.) On the other hand, Listing Syndication sends listings to 3rd Party sites (e.g. Zillow, Realtor.com) selected by the office broker.

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact our Data Feed department directly.

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