Please download the following PDF to see NAR’s updated IDX policies.
- Yes – An IDX is needed to display or access ALL listings.
- No – if you want to distribute YOUR OWN listings.
- Syndication partner
- Separate entry
- Participants may only display data on websites or apps that they control.
- What does “control” mean?
- A reasonable consumer will believe that the site or app belongs to the participant.
- The participant can directly manage the site or app, its content, and which listings to display.
Article 10 of MLS Rules and Regulations
- HIS MLS PARTICIPANTS
- Who are participants?
- The Principal Broker
- “Participation in IDX is available to all MLS participants engaged in real estate brokerage who consent to display of their listings by other participants.” ~ MLS Rules 10.05
- Salesperson may have IDX with participant’s approval
- The Principal Broker
Article 10 of MLS Rules and Regulations.
- A method of delivering MLS listing data to an app or website controlled by a participant
- It is presumed that participants in the service agree to allow other participants in the service to display their listings in their own websites or apps.
Article 10 of MLS Rules and Regulations
There are more fields available and we will continue to add fields as they go live. As you are using the IDX, you’ll be able to view the source HTML code, and you’ll be able take the “NAME” attribute of the fields you see and use them to construct your links or your quicksearch form.
|Field Name||GET Name||Values||Required||Notes|
|Your Unique Identifier||idxid||string||YES||this value will be included when you sign up for service. Submitting the wrong IDXID will cause your IDX to malfunction, or display the wrong agent’s branding.|
|Minimum Price||minprice||integer||no||do not include commas or dollar sign|
|Island||island||integer||maybe||required when specifying district, subdivision, and project name.island=1 ==>Oahuisland=2 ==>Mauiisland=3 ==>Big Isleisland=4 ==>Kauai|
|District||District||integer||maybe||these are the numerical values of individual districts and is derived from the taxkey number. This number is the first two digits in the taxkey. For example, the district of North Kohala has a value of 35 while the district of Lihue has a value of 43. in order for this field to be correctly pre-polulated in the select form, you need to also include the island value.Big island:
|Subdivision||subdivision||string||no||This is the official spelling of subdivisions in the public record. You can submit partial spellings of your subdivisions. For example: “Hawaiian Para” for “Hawaiian Paradise Park”. The IDX will search for properties where subdivision contains the string “Hawaiian Para” ignoring capitalization. In order for this field to be correctly pre-polupated in the select form, you need to also include the District value and you must spell out the entire subdivision name. While searching using partial names will work, auto-populating the subdivision name in the subdivision field box requires you to spell out the entire subdivision name, and use correct capitalization.|
|Condo Project||project||string||no||This is the official spelling of condo projects in the public record. In order for this field to be correctly pre-polupated in the select form, you need to also include the District value. Like the subdivision field above, partial spelling will work for searching but in order for the condo project field to correctly pre-populate in the form, the full spelling must be used along with correct capitalization.|
|REO/SS/Preforeclosure||ssreopf||string||no||ssreopf=any ==>any statusssreopf=none ==>do not include REO/SS/PFssreopf=RL ==>REO ONLYssreopf=SS ==>SS ONLYssreopf=PF ==>PF ONLY|
|Property Type||form||string||no||form=RES ==>Single Familyform=CND ==>Condoform=LND ==>Vacant Landform=COM ==>Commercialform=MTF ==>Multifam;It is possible for one property to have multiple property types. However, you can only query one property type at a time, or all of them at once.|
|Sort By||sorttype||string||no||default is sort by price. available options:sorttype =
propty_id ==>mlsnumbersorttype = changed ==>date/time of last data change
|Sort Direction||sortdir||string||no||default is desc. available options:sortdir =
desc ==>descendingsortdir = asc ==>ascending
|Results View||resultview||string||no||default: list. available options:resultview=listresultview=map|
|Listings by a specific Agent||listorid||integer||no||type in the id number for the listing agent|
|Listings by a specific office||officeid||integer||no||type in the id number for the listing office|
Y==>Only oceanfront listings
N==>Exclude oceanfront Listings
|Property View||view||string||no||here’s what a “select” box would look like:<select name=”view”><option value=””>Any</option><option value=”BY”>Bay</option><option value=”CA”>Canyon</option><option value=”CI”>City</option><option value=”CM”>Cemetery</option><option value=”CO”>Coastline</option><option value=”DH”>Diamond Head</option><option value=”FR”>Forest</option><option value=”GA”>Garden</option>
<option value=”GC”>Golf Course</option>
<option value=”OH”>Ocean Horizon</option>
<option value=”SR”>Other (remarks)</option>
How to change the styling (through CSS)
You can submit the URL of your own CSS file and we will insert it into your site for you. You can then write your own CSS and control the styling of the IDX yourself. Email the URL of your CSS file to our support team and we’ll link it into your site for you.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Submitting your CSS file will cause the original CSS to be completely wiped out. HIS suggests that you copy the existing CSS to your CSS file and then manipulate it from there if you are making small changes.
How to create custom links
You can create custom links to immediately run pre-made specific searches in your idx. For example:
Single Family Homes in South Kohala between $600k and $650k
The corresponding URL will look like this:
Share pre-made links in social media
If you want to share a specific search result with anyone via social media (email, Facebook, Twitter), you can do so quite easily. Simply use your IDX to perform a search or find a property detail page and then copy the URL of the page you’d like to share and paste it into an email or on a social media platform. If you’re limited on characters or if you want to display a “prettier” URL, you can use a service like bit.ly and shrink your URL. You’ll be able to post this shortened URL on your social media outlets to share with your public. The IDX will be branded with your information.
Make QR codes for “for sale” signs
Show off your technical savvy by displaying QR codes directly on your home-front signs or anywhere on hard-copy print materials. Simply use your IDX to find the property in question and copy the URL. You’ll then use a QR code generator like kaywa and paste the URL you copied into the on-screen tool. You’ll then be presented with a QR code graphic which you can take and paste into any print material or print out a big version to add to your signage. Users can then see a branded details page on their smartphone.
Make accounts for EXISTING clients
With a FULL IDX, you’ll be able to create an account for your client and the pre-select listings for them that you think they would like. You can then give your client access to the account so that they can review the listings you have chosen for them.
Once your client has access, you’ll be able to see what listings they have bookmarked, and what searches they have saved so that you can have a better idea of what they are looking for when you’re not around.