IDX FAQ for Vendors

How do I become an IDX vendor?

In order to be considered as an IDX vendor you must submit the required forms:

You are required to have at least one broker requesting the data feed who is also a current IRES subscriber.  Once the paperwork is received it will be reviewed by our CEO for approval.  If approved, you will be billed and once the payment is received, you will receive your RETS credentials.

Please contact IRES for all the details, fee structure and forms.

What is the fee to become a vendor?

There is a $225 initiation fee and $60 per quarter for the data feed. Each additional URL is $60 per quarter as well.  Other fee structures are available for sub-domains.  Please contact us for more details on sub-domain fee structures.

Can you bill the agent instead of the vendor?

The data feed must be set up through the third party vendor/web developer and for that reason the billing must go directly to the vendor.  Unfortunately, we are unable to bill a broker instead of a vendor.

Is IDX the only type of feed you offer?

While IDX is our most popular download, we also offer Custom, Back Office, VOW (Virtual Office Website) and AVM (Automated Valuation Model) feeds.  Contact us for more information and to discuss your specific request!

What type of download do you use for your feeds?

We offer Web API through Bridge Interactive as our RESO Data Dictionary certified data delivery mechanism. 

We also currently offer RETS (Real Estate Transaction Standard).  RETS facilitates and standardizes data transfer between partners in the real estate industry.  Please know the RETS feeds will eventually be phased out as we switch over to Web API.

Do you have any data restrictions on your downloads?

We do not allow excessive download activity from our RETS feeds (anything above 1GB of listing data downloaded daily and anything above 10K daily requests.)  We do have some recommendations to make sure you keep your download size down and avoid interruption in your feed:

  • PROP_PHOTO should only be queried incrementally or by MLSNumber
  • OPENHOUSE searches should be performed incrementally using the ModificationTimestamp field; OR queried much less frequently with a BeginDateTime and  EndDateTime search criteria
  • AGENT and OFFICE resources should be fetched incrementally, with no more than 1 full pull per day

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact our Data Feed department!

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