09-27-2007, 11:28 PM
I'm a web designer and want to create a site for a Real Estate Agent, possibly including MLS searches. I can do all the coding myself but I have no clue if the MLS data lives on our server or if we pull that from another server, do they charge for that service? Etc?
Any help would be great, Thanks!
09-28-2007, 10:05 PM
The MLS database is jealously protected (and for good reason). Agents will sometimes use an iframe to imbed a listing search page that originates from the local MLS power. An agent can also contract with their local MLS to utilize the list in other ways, and it always involves paying money. You'll need to get the agent you are working with to look into that (or let you borrow the username/password to the control panel so you can look into it). In my experience I was able to sign up to get a search engine going for about $100 but there were more integrated (and thus more expensive) options.
09-28-2007, 10:24 PM
from what I've seen, the agent uses an MLS agency, that agency provides the search and whatnot and I just link to it in a frame. I've checked into another site we host and looked at the code. All the search forms look exactly alike leading me to believe they all use the same MLS agency, and I can probably easily get that code. It's just a matter of how its formatted after the search is complete.. ugh... why do they make this so stupid? I've only found sites that offer to design the entire site around the MLS for you, and I'm not interested in that, since I'm a web designer.
Thanks for the info
09-29-2007, 03:22 PM
I have a Real Estate (http://wiredpages.qisoftware.com/page2.html) page on my news service whick provides an MLS search feature.
I have found another service trulia.com which also provides real estate listings. Trulia is a service of several large real estate services. They make money...