Multiple Listing Service (MLS) databases are created, maintained and paid for by real estate professionals. MLS allows real estate agents and brokers to access information for their clients to buy and sell property, both commercial and residential. Access to some MLS information is available free of charge on sites like Realtor.com. However, some data is not publicly displayed, such as seller contact information.
To add MLS to your website, you must be qualified to do so by the National Board of Realtors or your local real estate board. If you are not a real estate agent or broker, you will not be able to display MLS listings for all 50 states directly on your website. Internet Data Exchange, or IDX, is the software application most Realtors and brokers use to display MLS listings directly on their websites.
How to Add MLS to My Site
Log on to www.IDXBroker.com. You will find three different packages you can sign up for. They are Agent, Team and Office. The Agent package, which is $39 per month, allows one individual who is a broker or real estate agent to add MLS listings to his or her website. The Team package, which is $49 per month, allows two individuals who are brokers or real estate agents to add MLS to their websites. The Office package, which is $78 per month, allows an entire real estate office to display MLS listings on its website. Prices are as of 2010.
Decide which IDX Broker package you want and complete the online application that is available on the IDXBroker.com website. If you would like to try the software before you make a long-term commitment, you can request a demo through the website.
Click on the sign-up feature for the package you select on the homepage of IDXBroker.com and fill out the online application form. Your application will be reviewed. If your application is approved, you can download the IDX Broker application directly onto your website via a set of instructions that will be sent to you by e-mail.