For real estate agents and brokers in the US, IDX is the system that allows them to show MLS property listings on their websites. IDX (also known as Broker Reciprocity) stands for “Internet Data Exchange”, which encompasses the policies, rules, and software that allow listings from the MLS Search database to be displayed publicly.
Anytime you see properties on a website that came from an MLS, it was made possible through IDX. Most real estate agents and brokers use this system to simply display listings or home search tools on their website, but as home buyers have become more Internet-savvy, this integrated tool has evolved to encompass more. Agents today have the option to use basic home search tools provided by their MLS, or build more advanced IDX solutions; which is where we come in!
IDX for Brokers and Agents
The IDX makes it easy for the public to access a large number of homes for sale, but this was not always the case. As only MLS members could access the database, buyers sometimes had a difficult time finding their ideal property. This system was created to solve this problem. With the formation of new rules and policies, real estate agents and brokers could display parts of the MLS database on their website.
Following the creation of IDX policies, MLSs began to offer basic search products as a benefit to their members and property searching soon became a vital part of any real estate website. This is one of the most successful ways to generate leads.
At TREM Group, our IDX is updated three times each day and includes the latest in RETS technology, which includes detailed property reports, complete with active, closed, and pending sales. Additionally, our developers have combined advanced IDX systems with mapping technologies to create the best property maps in the industry. They allow users to search under several criteria — by street, by neighborhood, or by drawing an area on the map.