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OJO Labs Expands Its Suite of Leading Technology Products with Acquisition of Real Estate Software Platform RealSavvy
The acquisition speeds up the company's execution to deliver exceptional experiences for consumers and the real estate agents that serve them AUSTIN, Texas, October 2, 2019 – OJO Labs, which empowers consumers to make better decisions through its conversational AI (artificial intelligence) platform, "OJO," acquired Austin-based RealSavvy, a powerful real estate software platform for REALTORS®, brokers, and teams that combines its collaborative IDX with customizable websites, branded mobile apps, and a fully-integrated predictive CRM. OJO Labs has been forward-thinking in its approach to create a full stack of product offerings and solutions that will solve real consumer issues and advance the real estate industry that serves them. Now, with its WolfNet and RealSavvy divisions, the company is in a position to bring an unprecedented combination of the best data, proprietary AI and technology platforms to further its mission and offer a truly differentiated, comprehensive home buying and selling experience, and help agents engage at optimal times during the process. RealSavvy's competitive edge comes from the way its platform keeps agents and their clients connected throughout the home transaction cycle. The home search is uniquely collaborative through a social, Pinterest-like and highly communicative experience. Among all homebuyers, the top two sources for information and property search are online websites (93%) and real estate agents (86%) as published by the National Association of REALTORS® research division. RealSavvy's products bring these sources together in a consumer-centric, shared space with superior CRM functionality, rich client search analytics and notifications, as well as its real-time chat functionality, ensuring agents build and retain momentum from search to close. "RealSavvy's game-changing products and features were built to solve hard and entrenched problems that agents and brokers have wrestled with for years," shares John Berkowitz, CEO of OJO Labs. "Even more significant than the products and underlying technology, is our alignment on vision and values. Our teams invested in similar visions, not to build products or a company for a quick sale, but to create products that truly impact people's lives in a positive way, for both consumers and the agents that serve them." With RealSavvy joining OJO Labs in its new Austin headquarters on South Congress Ave., the company has assembled an outstanding team of engineering, data science, product and marketing professionals on its trajectory toward transforming real estate experiences for consumers. The culture, passion and focus enable the organization to solve complex problems while blazing new trails in ways no other company has done before. The synergy will allow partnered brokerages the ability to scale distinct products into the hands of consumers and agents. "Our visions are aligned to effect transformative changes in the behaviors of agents and consumers working together," Rick Orr, CEO of RealSavvy commented. "Bringing our platforms together, with a team of exceptional talent solving hard technical problems, adds fuel to our vision and helps agents have less dependency on portals, or aging technology, giving the industry a momentus advantage." OJO Labs is not disclosing details of the acquisition, however, RealSavvy will be immediately integrated into the company, leveraging its resources, market access, and team to further RealSavvy offerings and vision. About OJO Labs Inc. OJO Labs is on a mission to empower people to make better decisions through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. The company's unique, patented AI technology products can conduct text conversations with consumers at scale. By combining natural language understanding with data and personalization, the products allow consumers to deeply engage in a purchase process before interacting with a salesperson. OJO Labs is backed by the two most active VC firms in Texas, leaders in real estate and financing industries, as well as key industry executives. OJO Labs has been recognized with seventeen major industry and workplace awards in 2019, including CV Magazine's Best Digital Property Search Platform award, an AI Breakthrough Awards Best AI-Based Solution for Real Estate winner, an Austin Chamber of Commerce 2019 Austin A-List winner, and listed in FORTUNE Magazine's Best Workplaces in Texas 2019. The OJO team has decades of combined success scaling businesses and deep experience in data science, engineering, product marketing, and operations. About RealSavvy Founded in 2014 in Austin, TX, RealSavvy is an all-in-1 platform for real estate agents, teams and brokerages dedicated to innovating how homebuyers engage with their agents through a "Pinterest-style," collaborative home search. Winners of the 2015 SXSW Accelerator for Innovative Technology, the RealSavvy team is setting the bar high for IDX websites, CRM, and mobile apps.
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Showcase IDX Deepens Integration with LionDesk to Help Real Estate Agents Grow Their Businesses
Showcase IDX just announced a new, deeper integration with LionDesk that will help real estate agents grow their businesses and close more transactions this year. LionDesk has been one of our premium integration partners for years. Agents using our IDX solution and consumer engagement tools have been able to see their leads generated through Showcase IDX appear in their LionDesk accounts. We're excited to announce that we have updated Showcase IDX to Liondesk's new v2 API and in doing so have added more functionality and useful information for agents. These enhancements include upgrades to digital privacy and security, new lead activity events, and significantly more useful listing information. "Providing an exceptional experience for customers from website to sale is crucial for an agents' success," said David Anderson, Founder and CEO of LionDesk. "Giving LionDesk users the ability to integrate with Showcase IDX is another step towards supporting their success at every level." "Today, we're excited to announce new features and a better experience for agents and brokers that are using both LionDesk and Showcase IDX to grow their businesses and relationships with clients", said Scott Lockhart, CEO @ Showcase IDX. New OAuth 2.0 Account Authentication that Makes Set-up Easy and Secure With its new API, LionDesk has implemented the new open standard for secure authentication and authorizing connections between applications. As opposed to other forms of authentication, OAuth 2.0 uses access tokens over secure HTTPS connections, instead of credentials like API Keys. You're probably familiar with the process, as it's what Facebook and Google use when you want to sign into a website or application with your Facebook or Google login. What this means for Showcase IDX and LionDesk users is a more robust, secure connection between our two applications. This is a good thing. When setting up the premium integration, all you'll do is click the connect button and a LionDesk window will appear where you can login (if you're not already logged in LionDesk) and then simply click the button to approve the connection to Showcase IDX. LionDesk Updates within a Second This isn't new, but since we've been testing the integration we've seen this first hand, we're just excited about how quick it works. All the activity on your website that's tied to a contact is updated within a second in LionDesk from the action being performed on your website. Lightning fast! New Lead Activity Events We have added more events and features to the integration to give you more insight within LionDesk to the contact's activity on your Showcase IDX-powered website. Property Viewed Your client views a property on your site. We are now adding additional listing information to each property viewed, including the main photo, bedrooms, bathrooms, days online, year built, listing agent name, company, phone number and email; and more. This will let you see more details on their home search and engagement on your site from within the LionDesk dashboard. Favorite Property Removed – NEW! Know when a contact removes a property from their list of favorites on your site. Saved Search Added As your client's home searches progress, their interests and requirements do as well. Now, you can know when they create a new search query by seeing the information added to the contact within LionDesk. Favorite Property Added Know when a new property catches your client's eye. We'll alert you when a property is added to contact's favorites Saved Search Removed – NEW! Know when a client removes a saved search query. User Login – NEW! Your clients should be using the IDX and home search tools on your site. Showcase IDX has always tracked when they visit your site from new listings or to refine a search. Now, you'll be able to see that a contact logged in to the IDX on your website from within LionDesk. Showing Request – NEW! In addition to your alerts from Showcase IDX about a request for a showing on a property, you'll now see this showing request within LionDesk too. More Listing Information in LionDesk Activity Stream Your LionDesk Activity Timeline has never had so much useful information on the home search and listing information for your clients! We've been able to add all the information you'd want about a listing as they view and save listings and made it easy for you to find it within LionDesk. Connect Showcase IDX to LionDesk in Less than 2 Minutes Here is how to connect your Showcase IDX account and LionDesk to take advantage of the new features. Important: This will require Showcase IDX customers with an existing LionDesk Premium Integration to add the new LionDesk v2 Premium Integration and remove the previous version. It is not an automated upgrade! It should take less than 2 minutes. Installation video below. Get Started with MLS Home Search on Your Site and LionDesk If you're already a Showcase IDX and LionDesk customer, __________________ To add Showcase IDX to your site, it's easy to get started. There is no setup fee and we offer a free trial to get started. Click here to claim your free trial. Additional Resources 17 Common Real Estate Website Mistakes (and How to Fix Them) 49 Uplifting Real Estate Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Great To view the original post, visit the Showcase IDX blog.
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Showcase IDX Launches Lucrative Agent Affiliate Program
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Marketing and Innovation Executive Joins Showcase IDX as Chief Marketing Officer
Kurt Uhlir Joins Showcase IDX to Help Fuel Rapid Growth and Drive Innovation Atlanta, GA -- Showcase IDX, the leading real estate search and consumer engagement platform, has tapped Kurt Uhlir as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Based in Atlanta, Uhlir will lead all brand, marketing, strategy, and communication programs aimed to help Showcase IDX achieve accelerated growth, secure new partnerships, and drive innovation. With more than fifteen years of experience with high-growth technology companies, Uhlir served most recently as Managing Partner with Ethereal Innovations, a boutique marketing agency responsible for leading marketing for numerous high-growth B2B technology companies over the past five years. He previously served as CEO and co-founder at Sideqik, one of the first influencer marketing platforms, and as the COO for The Made in America Movement, which represents 20,000 American-based companies. Earlier in his career, Uhlir was on the front lines at HERE where they formed the location-based and spatial data industries that we know today. "It's clear that Kurt is a master of his craft and has a proven track record growing and driving marketing performance for some of the fastest growing companies around," said Scott Lockhart, CEO at Showcase IDX. "His experience working with high-growth SaaS businesses is a strategic fit for Showcase IDX as we continue to help the 1.3 million real estate professionals in the United States. And as an experienced CMO, he is intimately familiar with the challenges that real estate agents and marketers face to deliver digital experiences that meet ever-rising customer expectations." "It is an honor to join an innovative company like Showcase IDX, especially given their market, customer, and partner focus as well as an inspiring company culture," said Kurt Uhlir, CMO at Showcase IDX. "I look forward to continuing Showcase IDX's momentum of building loyalty with our existing customers and engaging with new customers for future growth." Uhlir believes real estate agents and brokers need to change the narrative and improve how they share their unique value proposition in order to be more successful, considering the experience many buyers and sellers expect when working with an agent. He believes agents, teams, and brokers must be able to deliver exceptional experiences through their websites that position them as local experts that can help solve customer challenges when buying or selling a home. "Our purpose is to activate the authentic storyteller in all of us," adds Uhlir. "The best agents rely more on human connection than automation. More on teaching and serving than technology. At the same time, technology plays a more valuable role than ever in assisting great real estate agents to engage and builder stronger relationships with even more customers and with less effort than ever before. I'm excited about being a part of a leadership team and company that's doing this better than anyone else in the market today." Showcase IDX raised a round of investment from a private equity source in October of last year, after having been self-funded and growing through increasing revenues for over 12 years. They have relocated to an expanded office in Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood. About Showcase IDX Showcase IDX is the leading real estate search and consumer engagement platform, helping agents, teams and brokers generate leads, improve their websites, and stand out. The cloud-based offering integrates with residential property listings and numerous local data sources from around the country to give real estate professionals the tools they need to drive more traffic, conversions, and revenue.
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Buyer's Agent: Automatically Post Your Sold IDX Listings to Facebook
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iHomefinder Redefines IDX Search with Eureka
Eureka offers agents and brokers portal-quality search BERKELEY, Calif., March 20, 2018 -- iHomefinder, a leading provider of solutions for real estate professionals, announces the release of Eureka. Eureka redefines IDX search by offering agents and brokers a portal-quality experience for site visitors approaching that of the major portals. With Eureka, real estate professionals will be well-positioned to keep visitors on their site and increase the likelihood of future transactions. "Until now, most agents and brokerages couldn't provide an experience on par with the major search portals. This proves especially troubling when agents purchase leads from Zillow, send them to their sites and then offer a poor search experience," said Brett DeSchepper, President of iHomefinder. "Eureka fills the gap by offering a well-designed, mobile-first search experience that keeps visitors engaged on agents' sites." Eureka brings the speed, functionality, and usability of the real estate portals to agent and brokerage websites. From the universal search widget to the interactive map with integrated listing information, Eureka delivers portal-quality real estate search to agent and broker websites resetting the bar for IDX search. "As a digital marketer, I constantly track and implement online trends in the real estate industry," said Mark Sincavage, REALTOR Associate with Keller Williams Realty Monmouth Ocean. "I eagerly joined the Eureka Beta program and immediately saw that its redefined search function provided a more engaging experience for my site visitors." iHomefinder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FRONTSTEPS, is a leading provider of real estate IDX, websites, lead generation and CRM solutions. iHomefinder powers thousands of real estate websites and partners with hundreds of web designers. The company also maintains trusted relationships with over 450 Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) across the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at https://www.ihomefinder.com.
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IDX, LLC Acquires Agent Marketing
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iHomefinder Launches Sales and Marketing Platform for Real Estate Pros
ONE Consolidates CRM, IDX, Website, and Lead Generation BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 16, 2017 -- iHomefinder, a leading provider of solutions for real estate professionals, announces the release of iHomefinder ONE. ONE is a comprehensive sales and marketing platform for agent teams and brokers, enabling them to attract leads to their online properties, engage and nurture leads with relevant content, manage agent pipeline activity and convert leads into home buyers and sellers. With integrated CRM, IDX, website and lead generation, ONE provides unprecedented visibility and accountability for real estate professionals. "With the continued growth in agent teams and the success of boutique brokerages, there's never been more demand for fully integrated solutions designed to help grow their business," said Brett DeSchepper, President of iHomefinder. "ONE offers agent teams and brokers the ability to optimize lead flow, understand agent performance and manage the entire pipeline." iHomefinder ONE gives real estate professionals a consolidated business dashboard that includes an all-encompassing view of the business from lead generation through transaction closings. ONE offers agent team leads and brokers complete visibility into the marketing and sales pipeline which, in turn, informs decision making. ONE also allows teams to increase efficiency and collaborate via a team calendar, action plans, and task management dashboard. To learn more about iHomefinder ONE or our other products, visit ihomefinder.com. "We're excited to lead this innovative approach to the business of real estate," said Jamie Clymer, CEO of FRONTSTEPS. "Business-minded agents can implement best practices and view the calculated return on investment." ONE features include: Dashboard with graphically displayed analytics Insight into buyer activity including price range, search history, buying interest level, and closure target date Multi-user solution provides complete visibility into your team's performance with team accountability tools and intelligent lead distribution iHomefinder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FRONTSTEPS, is a leading provider of real estate IDX, websites, lead generation and CRM solutions. iHomefinder powers thousands of real estate websites and partners with hundreds of web designers. The company also maintains trusted relationships with over 400 Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) across the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at http://www.ihomefinder.com.
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IDX, LLC Announces Full Integration with Zapier's Workflow Automation Software
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IDX Broker Announces Social Logins and SSL (HTTPS) Compatibility
EUGENE, OR (JUNE 22, 2017) - IDX, LLC, a leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) tools for real estate websites, recently announced the newest feature in their suite of home search tools – SSL (HTTPS) compatibility. This update immediately follows the release of Social Logins last month. This set of updates will not only protect the security of clients' IDX pages, but also the lead information captured through the Listing Manager Signup form. Enabling SSL provides an additional layer of security for home seekers, while Social Logins further enhances the credibility of lead information for IDX Broker clients. "Some real estate professionals maintain that because social media logins don't include contact information such as phone numbers, it weakens the quality of the leads... but it is quite the opposite." said Chris Sjoblom, Product Manager for IDX Broker. "Because it comes straight from Google or Facebook, prospective homebuyers are unable to fill in capture information incorrectly. With social logins, lead capture is not only quick, it's authentic." These new features will facilitate trust between agents and potential clients across all IDX Broker sites: Reliable lead data: Since most visitors only have one social profile on each network, agents and brokers do not need to be concerned about spam, false leads, or the authenticity of the personal information they are gathering. Advanced security: By implementing HTTPS, real estate professionals can further protect the integrity of their website, as well as data they are collecting. Clients of IDX Broker will gain an immeasurable advantage over competing real estate websites by providing visitors with peace of mind. Improved user experience: The addition of visual cues, such as a lock icon*, will instill trust in home seekers. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends, homebuyers rated honesty and trustworthiness as the most important factors when choosing an agent. Since 44% of home searches start online, this sense of security begins with an agent's website. "Prospective homebuyers aren't the only ones to care about a website's security, so does Google. Eventually, Google Chrome will display a ‘Not secure' warning for all HTTP pages." Said Sjoblom. "Keeping visitors coming to your real estate site is our number one objective, and we understand that they are more likely to leave if they encounter any roadblocks. By enabling HTTPS and Social Logins, clients of IDX Broker will increase the amount of time users spend on their site, resulting in more lead capture opportunities." SSL functionality and Social Logins ensure that IDX Broker remains at the leading edge of SEO functionality and Google's Chrome browser updates. These new features are driven by customer feedback and are part of IDX, LLC's commitment to deliver the most customizable, integrated IDX solution on the market today. About IDX, LLC Based in Eugene, Ore., IDX, LLC is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, LLC actively manages more than $2 trillion worth of active listing data from more than 660 individual Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX, LLC provides integrated IDX software, customizable listing search utilities and lead management tools for real estate based websites. In addition to the primary web-based software, IDX also provides an integrated WordPress widget for use in WordPress based blogs and websites (IDX Broker WordPress Plugin), as well as HTML Mobile Optimized Pages for all mobile devices. The entire suite of real estate software available from IDX is easy to manage and maintain and helps real estate professionals display real estate data from their MLS regardless of their technical ability. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, LLC, please visit http://www.idxbroker.com. *Lock icon appears in markets and on websites where mixed content is not present. For more details regarding exceptions to this functionality, visit the IDX Broker Knowledgebase.
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WebsiteBox Receives BDC Financing to Accelerate Growth
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IDX, LLC Announces Rollout of Enhanced IDX Broker System
EUGENE, OR (FEBRUARY 02, 2017)--IDX, LLC, a leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) tools for real estate websites, recently announced the rollout of an enhanced IDX data acquisition system designed to give REALTORS® access to near real-time active, pending, and sold IDX/MLS data for their professional real estate websites. "We display data directly from the source, so it's never diluted. Unlike some of the popular portal sites, IDX Broker subscribers don't display census data or data scraped from other websites," said Barrett Avery, Data Systems Lead for IDX, LLC. "Inaccurate data is not good enough for our team, or our clients, which is why we have invested so much time and effort into our newly enhanced data acquisition system." REALTORS® add IDX search tools to their websites in order to: Promote closings by automatically showcasing their closed listings. Agents and Brokers can exhibit expertise and leverage past performance to win over new clients. Attract internet leads by leveraging rapid updates to neighborhoods and other links which can be included in an XML sitemap that tells search engines when search results were last updated. Become a trusted local resource by providing the most up-date, accurate listing data – which includes near real-time updates to price, status, and other listing details. "With IDX Broker, we attempt to run updates as frequently as possible; however, there are occasions where running updates too frequently is not only unnecessary but can decrease overall system performance of an MLS server." says Data Support Lead, Joshua Erlanson. "This is why we tune our acquisition system to sync with the data vendor's (or, the MLS itself) update cycles. This new system will ensure that you are getting the freshest data possible while maintaining the speed and efficiency you've come to expect from a leading IDX service." RMLS members are now able to connect with prospective sellers by offering sold data on their IDX Broker real estate website(s). IDX Broker subscribers in over 40 North American markets currently have access to this enhanced system. IDX, LLC intends to roll out Sold Data and enhanced data updates for approximately 600 markets in North America, including the Bahamas and Mexico. About IDX, LLCBased in Eugene, Ore., IDX, LLC is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, LLC actively manages more than $2 trillion worth of active listing data from more than 660 individual Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX, LLC provides integrated IDX software, customizable listing search utilities and lead management tools for real estate based websites. In addition to the primary web-based software, IDX also provides an integrated WordPress widget for use in WordPress based blogs and websites (IMPress for IDX Broker WordPress Plugin), as well as HTML Mobile Optimized Pages for all mobile devices. The entire suite of real estate software available from IDX is easy to manage and maintain and helps real estate professionals display real estate data from their MLS regardless of their technical ability. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, LLC, please visit http://www.idxbroker.com.
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Placester Adds New Features to Give Agents and Brokers Competitive Edge
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IDX, LLC Announces Newest Version of IMPress for IDX Broker
EUGENE, OR (DECEMBER 09, 2016) - IDX, LLC announces the latest update to the IMPress for IDX Broker plugin. Version 2.2 adds built-in IDX lead management tools, plus code stability to more fully integrate IDX Broker into the WordPress experience. The newest features aim to unlock the possibilities of lead capture and improve functionality across IDX Broker Websites. IDX Broker worked hand-in-hand with Agent Evolution (a division of IDX, LLC) to create a larger opportunity for website developers and real estate professionals to leverage their WordPress knowledge and capture more leads. "We understand that switching from IDX Broker to WordPress and back again can complicate day-to-day lead maintenance tasks. This is why we've brought even more of the IDX magic into WordPress." said Dave Bonds, Senior WordPress Developer for Agent Evolution. "WordPress is a system IDX clients are already familiar with, so thanks to Version 2.2, lead management is not only quick, it's intuitive." The improvements include: A new lead management interface which allows real estate professionals to add, edit, and manage their IDX leads from within the WordPress dashboard. Form plugins such as Ninja Forms, Gravity Forms and Contact Form 7 will now capture and send lead information directly to IDX Broker. These new enhancements are driven by customer feedback and are part of IDX, LLC's commitment to deliver the most customizable, integrated IDX solution on the market today. "With over 40% of IDX Broker clients also using WordPress in one way or another, lead management was a natural addition to the IMPress for IDX Broker plugin." said Dave. About IDX, LLC Based in Eugene, OR, IDX, LLC is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX Broker manages more than $2 trillion worth of IDX feeds from over 600 Multiple Listings Services (MLS), making it a powerful marketing tool for agents and brokers. In addition to the primary web-based software, IDX provides HTML Mobile Optimized Pages for all mobile devices. For those with WordPress websites, integrating real estate search is simple through the IMPress for IDX Broker plugin. The entire suite of IDX Broker products is easy to manage and maintain, helping real estate professionals display data from their MLS regardless of their technical ability. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, LLC, please visit http://www.idxbroker.com.
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Agent Evolution Announces The New TurnKey 2.0: A Complete Solution
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Elm Street Technology Poised for Growth, Launches Elevate for Real Estate
GREENSBORO, NC--(Oct 11, 2016) - Two best-in-class acquisitions, including one of the most established real estate marketing brands used by millions of consumers -- Listingbook, has catapulted Elm Street Technology into the real estate industry spotlight. Headed by a team of well-known real estate industry entrepreneurs, Prem Luthra and Randall Kaplan, Elm Street Technology today launches Elevate™, a new Digital Marketing System that uses advanced automation to move Elm Street Technology towards delivering "everything real estate agents and brokers need for new leads and client-for-life retention, all in one place." "Elevate offers brokers and agents a single digital marketing platform with all of the outstanding features that millions of consumers who've used Listingbook love," Luthra, President of Elm Street Technology says. "Elevate includes Listingbook's powerful client servicing platform with best-in-class MLS-powered listing search for home shoppers, access to public records, recent and past sales information, community and school details, taxes, loan calculator, shopping and recreation, and much more," he adds. Luthra notes Elevate also introduces advanced automation that delivers custom Blogs, automated listing postings to social media channels, automated YouTube property tour videos, and beautifully designed, mobile responsive agent and property IDX websites embedded with the best-in-class lead generation technology, all from a single vendor. "With Elevate, Elm Street Technology begins to solve one of the biggest challenges for real estate brokers and agents: The marketing technologies they use to promote listings and their businesses don't talk to each other. Elevate moves brokers and agents onto one digital marketing system, from one vendor, and that means only one phone call for support. Now that's an industry first," Luthra says. Luthra, who founded Elm Street Technology in February with a group of investors, added Randall Kaplan as its Chairman through its first acquisition, Listingbook, the real estate industry's proven lead nurturing and client servicing platform that allows consumers to "search like an agent." In September, Elm Street also acquired RLS2000, a top broker and agent website provider and marketing services firm based in New England. According to Luthra, Elm Street Technology is in the process of rolling up other successful technology and marketing services companies. "We will be able to deliver everything a broker or agent needs from lead generation, to customer for life retention solutions," he says. Prior to pursuing his vision of creating Elm Street Technology, Luthra served as Chief Marketing Officer at Xome. He also was the Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer for Real Estate Digital, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Xome. Luthra was also the Chief Strategy and Sales Officer for LPS Real Estate Group, and Senior Vice President of Consumer Media at Move Inc. Randall Kaplan has quietly established a daunting track record of innovatively creating, rapidly growing and skillfully selling a number of businesses that stretch across multiple industries. He started out running Kay Chemical Company, a leading supplier to McDonald's and other fast food franchises, which was merged into Ecolab, the world's largest institutional chemical company. As an entrepreneur, he started, grew and sold a number of businesses, including Sterling South Bank, now the Bank of North Carolina. He also bought most of Listingbook and became its President in 2006. Elevate is powered by Listingbook and fully integrates all of its features with RLS2000's powerful automated marketing services and best-in-class websites to deliver one source for new leads, client management and client-for-life retention. Product pricing information for agents, teams and brokerage licensing is available by calling Elm Street Technology toll-free at 1-866-353-3456 or visit www.elmstreettechnology.com. About Elm Street TechnologyElm Street Technology offers a portfolio of real estate technology and marketing services companies that provides one vendor, one point of contact, one solution fully fused into one platform to deliver a single source for new leads, client relationship management, and client retention tools for agents, teams and brokerages. Elevate from Elm Street Technologies is the single solution that real estate professionals need to handle the marketing while brokers and agents handle the business, including high end IDX websites, lead generation tools, powerful CRM and incubation tools, mobile app, social media management and blogging, and client retention tools. For more information, call 1-866-353-3456 or visit www.elmstreettechnology.com.
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Diverse Solutions purchased by Market Leader
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RealtyTech Inc. Launches New Apex IDX- Broker Edition™ WordPress Plugin for Brokers, Offices and Companies
Thousand Oaks, CA (June 30, 2016) -- RealtyTech Inc., a Thousand Oaks, CA Software and Marketing Corporation, announce the launch of ApexIDX- Broker Edition™ WordPress plugin for real estate company websites in Southern California and the Miami Florida area. ApexIDX- Broker Edition™ is a turnkey home search for WordPress designed from the ground up to be easy to install and integrate on any real estate company website, both Word Press and non-Wordpress websites. Regardless if the Company has or wants any kind of website, the ApexIDX- Broker Edition™ will integrate 100% with fully Google search engine Indexable listings. This means the Company site's listings will be placed live on Google. This is not true with standard IDX search systems. "We believe this is the most advanced and feature rich WordPress IDX plugin currently available on the market," said Richard Uzelac, CEO of RealtyTech. "Our ApexIDX- Broker Edition™ plugin will increase user engagement on company websites by providing an intuitive and entertaining homes search and lead capture system." ApexIDX- Broker Edition™ is a full-featured turnkey solution for real estate companies. All listings are SEO friendly and fully indexable for Google placement. The IDX administration system is simple with a beautiful WYSIWYG interface, which simply means it's simple for clients to modify to their exact needs. Very little customization will be needed due to the high number of widgets incorporated with ApexIDX- Broker Edition™. Key New Features: Advanced Agent Gallery with Agent Pages with their Live and Sold listings auto-populated. Google Indexable Listings for ALL Property Listings in the MLS New Featured Home Display Options Testimonials animated widget "We are extremely proud of how easy it is to install ApexIDX- Broker Edition™ and integrate our advanced widgets and pages on WordPress websites and any other type of website as well," said Lance Grove, RealtyTech Senior Account Executive. "Our ApexIDX- Broker Edition™ solution offers a solid usable setup right out of the box and is still easily customized to fit each company's specific needs." About RealtyTech Inc. RealtyTech Inc. is a Thousand Oaks, CA-based Company that gives real estate professionals the tools necessary to stand out and succeed in today's online marketplace combined with solution minded, live California-based customer service. We have over 15 years of online real estate marketing expertise and have spent over 10 years of that experience offering Agent and Office websites, IDX Home Searches and Internet Marketing. For more information, please call (877) 832-4428 or visit http://www.RealtyTech.com.
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MarketBoost Named One of The Best Real Estate Plugins for WordPress
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My Buying Buddy Integrated IDX/CRM Solution is Now Available for Sandicor
San Diego, CA, April 01, 2016-- Blue Fire Group Inc. has announced that its My Buying Buddy IDX real estate lead capture and customer relationship management (CRM) platform has integrated with San Diego County's Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). As an approved IDX partner, My Buying Buddy provides agents, teams, and offices with a simplified solution to help in addressing real estate marketing, lead capture, and lead/client management process in San Diego County. My Buying Buddy IDX & CRM suite is available as three solutions - an IDX integration with any website, an IDX plugin for WordPress websites, or as a full IDX-ready website. Each solution provides full MLS search and property display capability from RMLS, and with the integrated CRM, agents, teams, and offices in San Diego County can effectively capture more leads while automatically keeping in touch with home buyers and closing more sales. "We are extremely excited to have integrated with the Regional Multiple Listing Service in San Diego County," said Paul Eastwood, Founder of My Buying Buddy IDX/CRM suite. "We are always striving to forge new relationships with Multiple Listing Services across the country and our integration with RMLS will provide a whole new added benefit to agents, teams, and offices." The company conducts frequent, no-obligation webinar presentations of the My Buying Buddy suite, during which they show agents how to transform their website into a lead capture machine and automate lead management/follow-up. To attend the 30-minute webinar, visit http://mybuyingbuddy.com/webinar-registration.php About My Buying BuddyMy Buying Buddy has been helping Real Estate professionals and teams with IDX and lead management solutions since 2002. My Buying Buddy has been continually evolving since its initial launch, and today provides sophisticated lead capture and lead management solutions for individual agents and teams. For more information on how it works, visit www.MyBuyingBuddy.com.
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New Acquisition Highlights Education and Training Opportunities for Real Estate Professionals
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What's New with WebsiteBox?
  It's the end of the year and we wanted to finish it off strong. This month we made major improvements to a couple of our LeadSites and The Mortgage Calculator. We want to hear what improvements you would like to see! Make sure you leave your requests in our forum: https://www.websitebox.com/forum/for...ature-Requests Check out what got better in December! 1) Picture Perfect LeadSite Filters You now have the ability to filter listings by City and Zip Code on this powerful LeadSite. You already had the ability to filter by Price, Bedrooms and Bathrooms now your website visitors can get even more specific while searching for homes on your LeadSite. Check out our Picture Perfect LeadSite to find out more! 2) Enhanced Mortgage Calculator You can now set the default values for Mortgage data in the calculator. That means you can set the default Interest Rate, Property Tax Rate, State Income Tax Rate and many more data points for your Mortgage Calculator! Customize it based on the current data available for your market. 3) Search Listings With More Freedom on The Ultimate IDX LeadSite Your Website Visitors no longer have to specificy the amount of bedrooms and bathrooms when they search the MLS through your Ultimate IDX LeadSite allowing them to conduct searches more quickly and with less restrictions. Check out our Ultimate IDX LeadSite if you haven't done so already! Stay tuned for some big improvements in 2016! To view the original post, visit the WebsiteBox blog.
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RealtyTech Inc. Announces Launch of the New Word Press ApexIDX for Miami Association of Realtors
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New Study on Web Scraping of Real Estate Websites Shows Serious Cause for Concern
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Oct. 7, 2015 — Distil Networks, Inc., the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, and Clareity Consulting, the premier technical consulting firm for the real estate industry, today announced the, "2015 Study on Real Estate Website Scraping and MLS Data Security." The report examines two surveys that sought to understand the barriers to adoption of anti-scraping technology - one with Multiple Listing Service (MLS) executives, and another with the owners of companies that provide Internet Data Exchange (IDX) websites and Virtual Office Websites (VOW). "The real estate industry faces serious challenges with intellectual property infringement via web scraping, yet they've been slow to adopt effective anti-scraping tools," said Rami Essaid, co-founder and CEO of Distil Networks. "Scrapers use bots to grab online real estate content, like property listings, and then create derivative products such as lead gen programs and appraisal data." The study reveals the perceptions of MLS and IDX executives regarding web scraping and how each member of the MLS data supply chain can align to protect the integrity of real estate industry data. The Findings MLS Executives - One hundred MLS executives responded to the survey, representing over half a million MLS members, brokers, and agents. 99 percent of MLS executives say compliance with rules protecting misuse of MLS data is important and 95 percent agree that IDX sites should be subject to rules specifically mandating anti-scraping protections. 98 percent of respondents want a set of standardized tests to facilitate anti-scraping compliance reviews, yet no test currently exists. 94 percent of MLS executives indicate a vendor's information security practices and sophistication of anti-scraping technology are important to them when selecting a technology vendor. IDX/VOW Vendors - 14 vendors representing over 400,000 websites were surveyed. IDX and VOW vendors operate on behalf of the MLS to serve agent sites and other websites that display and syndicate MLS listing data. Prior to this study, 43 percent of IDX/VOW vendors surveyed were not aware of how pervasive bots and scraping were across the entire industry. 62 percent rated compliance with MLS rules as the most important factor in having IDX/VOW vendors implement an anti-scraping solution. Only 17 percent of IDX/VOW vendors are using a commercial service to protect against scraping. Some are using services with limited protection, especially against sophisticated web scraping bots. "Most IDX/VOW vendors are using reactive monitoring mechanisms and other outdated methods to stop scrapers, which are not effective against today's nefarious actors. For those attempting to implement proactive tools to combat scraping, almost all indicated they were using old IP-address-based methods, like rate limiting, CAPTCHAs, web application firewalls and IP blocking services. On their own, these methods are not effective," said Matt Cohen for Clareity Consulting. "Based on the near unanimous support for rule changes and a standard for testing compliance, combined with advances in affordable anti-scraper services available, there is a path forward for the industry to solve the scraping problem once and for all." Resources To download a copy of the full report, visit: 2015 Study: State of Web Scraping Data Theft Across Real Estate Websites & MLS Data To view a recent webinar, titled "Ensuring Real Estate Website Listing Data Security," visit: http://bit.ly/1Lu4ucQ For more information and case studies: http://resources.distilnetworks.com/h/c/175726-real-estate About Distil Networks Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, is the first easy and accurate way to identify and police malicious website traffic, blocking 99.9% of bad bots without impacting legitimate users. Distil protects against web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, account hijacking, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks and click fraud. Slash the high tax that bots place on your internal teams and web infrastructure by outsourcing the problem to the team with a maniacal focus on blocking malicious bots. For more information on Distil Networks, visit us at http://www.distilnetworks.com or follow @DISTIL on twitter. About Clareity Consulting Clareity Consulting provides management and information technology consulting for the real estate and related industries. Clients include software and service providers, Multiple Listing Services (MLS), real estate associations, franchises, and brokers. Specialties include strategic and business planning, system selection, compliance and risk audits, software product planning and review, and public speaking. More information: http://clareity.com
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Miami Association of Realtors Adds RealtyTech Inc. as a Preferred Webmaster for Agent Sites and IDX
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iHomeFinder Announces IDX Event Tracking
With access to the right data, you can maximize your ad spend and optimize your site to convert more visitors to leads. iHomefinder's IDX Event Tracking takes the IDX activity on your site out of the "black box" and puts it alongside all your other important website analytics. With IDX Event Tracking, you can answer important questions such as: How effective are your PPC campaigns in bringing new leads? Which IDX features are used the most on your site? How many times has a specific listing been viewed? What search keywords originally brought your registered leads to your site? Which of your campaign efforts are converting the most leads? Get Started Today! It's easy to start taking advantage of IDX Event Tracking! Select a link below to get started. Click here if you use Optima Express >> Click here if you use Optima IDX >> To view the original article, visit the iHomeFinder blog.
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Placester Websites Now Has 95 Percent of Agent IDX Coverage in United States
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WebsiteBox Real Estate IDX Websites Now Available for 40 More MLS Associations
  (Toronto) – Mar 31, 2015 – WebsiteBox, the company that offers do-it-all real estate websites with IDX for a one-time $99 fee, today announced IDX integration with 40 additional North American multiple listing services (MLSs). WebsiteBox now supports 300 boards throughout the United States and Canada. Agents and brokers use IDX (Internet Data Exchange) technology to allow buyers to search MLS listings from real estate websites. WebsiteBox builds into its website templates a search "gadget," or tool, that site owners can use on every web page. WebsiteBox users can customize the gadget in five different ways to help property buyers easily find the MLS listings that most appeal to them. "Our flexible IDX gadget helps buyers find – through your WebsiteBox website – all the sales listings that fit the criteria most important to them," said Peyman Aleagha, WebsiteBox chief executive officer and founder. "As a result, you keep buyers coming back. And the more often customers return to your site, the more likely you are to convert their searches into sales." IDX websites, at $99 each, are available now to members of the following North American MLS organizations: Alberta CREB - Calgary Real Estate Board Arizona CABOR - Central Arizona Board of Realtors California SAOR - Shasta Association of Realtors STAR - South Tahoe Association of Realtors TSBOR - Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors Colorado PARMLS - Pueblo Association of Realtors Florida KWAR - Key West Association of Realtors LAKECITY - Lake City Board of Realtors NSBBOR - New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors SPACE - Space Coast Association of Realtors Georgia AAAR - Athens Area Association of Realtors Hawaii RAM - Realtors Association of Maui Idaho MCAOR - Mini-Cassia MLS MCARID - Mountain Central Association of Realtors SVBR - Sun Valley Board of Realtors Illinois BNAR – Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors Iowa DMAAR - Des Moines Area Association of Realtors ICARR - Iowa City Association of Realtors SLMLS - Spirit Lake MLS Minnesota DAAR - Duluth Area Association of Realtors Mississippi GTAOR - Golden Triangle Association of Realtors LBOR - Laurel Board of Realtors MGCMLS - Mississippi Gulf Coast MLS Montana SMMLS - Southwest Montana MLS New York NYSMLS – New York State MLS SLBOR – St. Lawrence Board of Realtors North Carolina JCBORNC - Jacksonville Board of Realtors Ohio CINCYMLS - MLS of Greater Cincinnati Oregon CAORMLS - Clatsop Association of Realtors Saskatchewan ARR - Association of Regina Realtors Tennessee CWTAR - Central West Tennessee Association of Realtors KAARMLS - Knoxville Area Association of Realtors Texas AMARILLO - Amarillo Association of Realtors GMAR - Greater McAllen Association of Realtors Virginia CVRMLS - Central Virginia Richmond MLS LVAMLS - Lynchburg MLS Washington TRICITY - Tri-City Association of Realtors Wisconsin SAAR - Superior Area Association of Realtors Wyoming CAMPBELL - Campbell County Board of Realtors CHEYENNE - Cheyenne Board of Realtors To see the complete list of MLS boards and associations that WebsiteBox supports, or to request IDX integration with other multiple listing services, customers can visit: http://www.websitebox.com/realtors/mls-coverage.php. About WebsiteBox WebsiteBox offers do-it-all real-estate websites for a one-time $99 fee – the lowest price in the market. More information is available at the WebsiteBox website, and by contacting Marketing Manager Chad Bhalla at chad.bhalla[at]websitebox.com, or (866) 857-1657 x1113.
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iHomefinder Launches OmniPress Prime
Berkeley, CA December 22, 2014 – iHomefinder, a leading provider of IDX solutions for real estate agents and brokerages, announced today the release of OmniPress Prime, a fast and easy way for agents and brokerages to launch and maintain their WordPress IDX website. For years, real estate agents and brokerages have been keenly aware of the importance of having a fully functioning website to capture leads and nurture them through to close. But getting websites up and running has often been an anxiety-filled, time-consuming task. With the release of OmniPress Prime, agents and brokerages can simply send content and iHomefinder will create their WordPress IDX website within 7 business days. OmniPress Prime maintains all of the existing functionality found on the responsive version of OmniPress, iHomefinder's WordPress IDX Website, coupled with the comfort knowing that your site can be up and running fast with minimal effort. "iHomefinder did a fabulous job creating my OmniPress website," said Esmeralda Lira, Broker at CapTex Real Estate Team. "Their turn-around time was quick and their sales and service teams were kind and responsive to my specific needs throughout the process." "A website that provides engaging consumer experiences is a necessity for agents and brokerages," said Brett DeSchepper, CEO of iHomefinder. "We've streamlined our clients' experience by making it fast and easy to implement, enabling them to focus their time and energy on their clients." To learn more about OmniPress Prime, feel free to visit our website. About iHomefinder, Inc. iHomefinder is a leading provider of real estate search technology and websites. Using the Internet Data eXchange (IDX) standard, iHomefinder powers thousands of real estate websites and partners with hundreds of web designers. The company also maintains trusted relationships with over 200 Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) across the U.S. and Canada to provide licensed, accurate, and timely listing data. iHomefinder maintains a long-standing reputation for strict compliance with each MLS's rules. In addition to serving real estate professionals, the firm provides technical compliance and consulting services to innovative Internet marketing firms who require licensed access to real estate listing data. Established in 1997, iHomefinder is privately held and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at http://www.ihomefinder.com.
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iHomefinder Launches Responsive IDX for Custom Websites
Berkeley, CA November 21, 2014 – iHomefinder, a leading provider of IDX solutions for real estate agents and brokerages, announced today that with the release of the responsive version of Optima IDX, all of its products are now fully responsive. With the rapid growth of mobile real estate searches, real estate professionals have scrambled to meet consumer demand for mobile-friendly IDX content. Initially, web designers created separate mobile versions of real estate websites. This evolved to responsive website designs which serve content based on the consumer's device type, be it a smart phone, tablet, or a personal computer. For the 50% of today's buyers searching for homes on mobile devices (source: NAR), agents serving content responsively are well-positioned to offer a better user experience and decrease costs. The new, responsive version of Optima IDX maintains all of the existing functionality while adding responsive functionality that benefits the consumer's search experience. Optima IDX provides dynamic, indexable IDX content directly on an agent or broker's site, with or without framing. The responsive version of Optima IDX will further contribute to SEO by keeping mobile traffic on an agent or broker's site, instead of redirecting to a mobile-only site. "iHomefinder's responsive IDX is perfect for agents with responsive sites, which is the growing trend in real estate web design", said Dana Ehrenkrantz, CEO of iHomefinder affiliate partner, Market Me. "As a web designer, it has made my job easier to implement and gives me time to focus on more important tasks. iHomefinder's responsive products eliminate the need for a separate mobile site, which in the long run can save an agent money." "For agents and brokers, responsive design is a necessity, not just a trend," said Brett DeSchepper, CEO of iHomefinder. "Aside from providing an SEO advantage, it simply makes sense to have one website that supports the consumer's device of choice." To learn more about Optima IDX or our other responsive products, feel free to sign up for a free trial account. About iHomefinder, Inc. iHomefinder is a leading provider of real estate search technology and websites. Using the Internet Data eXchange (IDX) standard, iHomefinder powers thousands of real estate websites and partners with hundreds of web designers. The company also maintains trusted relationships with over 200 Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) across the U.S. and Canada to provide licensed, accurate, and timely listing data. iHomefinder maintains a long-standing reputation for strict compliance with each MLS's rules. In addition to serving real estate professionals, the firm provides technical compliance and consulting services to innovative Internet marketing firms who require licensed access to real estate listing data. Established in 1997, iHomefinder is privately held and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at http://www.ihomefinder.com.
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WebsiteBox Provides IDX integration for 11 New MLSs
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WebsiteBox Provides IDX integration for 15 New MLSs
WebsiteBox is proud to announce full IDX integration with 15 new MLS Boards across the country! They are: (CBOR) Columbia Board of Realtors (WAOR) Waco Association of Realtors (WYOMING) Wyoming MLS (CCAOR) Champaign County Association of Realtors (SNMMLS) Southern New Mexico MLS - Las Cruces Association of Realtors (ICBR) Iron County Board of Realtors (RAYAC) Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties (PPMLS) Pike Peaks Association of Realtors (CWMLS) Central Wisconsin MLS (GTAR) Greater Tyler Association of Realtors (ACAR) Amador County Association of Realtors (RASE) Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire (PBAMLS) Parkersburg Area MLS (BAOR) Bakersfield Association of Realtors (SMLC) Savannah Multi List Corporation The Integrated IDX is part of our $99 Do-It-All Website package which also includes a fully customizable mobile friendly website, ready-to-go content, free hosting, a powerful CRM and more. If you would like to see the list with all MLSs that WebsiteBox current support, please click here. To view the original article, visit the WebsiteBox blog.
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130 Multiple Listing Services Approve N-Play's IDX Service on Facebook
JACKSONVILLE, FL, September 23, 2014-- N-Play, the leading provider of real estate applications on Facebook, announces the addition of 20 new multiple listing service (MLS) approvals to their agent-centric IDX Home Search™ solution for Facebook. This brings the total to 130 MLS approved markets nationwide. N-Play now reaches nearly 840,000 agents serving up 2.1 million unique and active listings. N-Play's coverage includes over 70% of the nation's largest MLSs. Notables among the 20 newest markets introduced to N-Play's IDX Home Search™ include: NTREIS (Dallas, Texas), Houston Association of REALTORS, Denver Metrolist, Garden State MLS (Northern New Jersey), and TREND MLS (Philadelphia, PA). N-Play's IDX solution provides consumers with an exclusive display of active listings in their local market, all from within the agent's Facebook business page. Agents who have joined N-Play's Real Estate Agent Directory and added the IDX service have listings automatically fed daily from their MLS. IDX Home Search is branded to the agent while preserving the integrity of MLS data. "We're seeing more and more homebuyers and sellers turning to social media through Facebook to search for homes, connect with agents and start the real estate conversation," said Jeff Gellman, Director of MLS Services at N-Play. "As a pioneer in this space, our goal is provide 100% MLS coverage for consumers. While we currently support the vast majority of the nation's largest markets, we continue to strive for more. Our growth is limited only by MLSs that are either too cost prohibitive per agent or provide difficult requirements for their members to participate. To compete against portals such as Zillow and Trulia, agents and brokers need the ability to take full advantage of IDX via social media, especially at a reasonable cost." Learn more about IDX Home Search at http://idx.myagentprofile.com Interested parties can also discuss IDX Home Search with N-Play representatives at CMLS2014, being held September 24-27 in Huntington Beach, CA. They can reach out to Mr. Gellman at via email or by telephone at 703-409-4290. About N-Play N-Play provides the premier social media platform on Facebook for the real estate marketplace helping connect home buyers, sellers and real estate professionals. N-Play's flagship service, the Real Estate Agent Directory™ features over 340,000 agents located in 31,500 U.S. cities. In addition to the Directory, the company provides social media services for networking, advertising, marketing, content management, referrals, CRM and offer management. Join the real estate conversation.™
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MLS of Naples, Inc. Adds ShowingTime’s Online Scheduling System for Its 5,000 Members
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connectMLS Introduces IDX with Responsive Design
AUSTIN, Texas, September 23, 2014 – dynaConnections Corp. is continuing to meet its clients' needs by introducing an IDX module that complements its highly-rated MLS solution, connectMLS. The feature was inspired by the desire to fill a gap for its end-users (real estate agents) through collaboration with its MLS customers. Real estate agents have expressed interest in displaying MLS data on their own personal websites in a format that's compatible across mobile devices, and dynaConnections delivered with a unique twist. Similar to connectMLS' customer portal, its IDX solution uses responsive web design to create an optimal viewing experience on any device. The content layout automatically shifts based on individual screen dimensions, in order to ensure that the MLS information is presented clearly, and is easy to find. Realtors are also able to utilize the IDX module on several personal websites seamlessly thanks in part to custom-colored frames. Each frame color can be adjusted to match its surroundings or a Realtor's branding, thus providing a professional, branded web presence for connectMLS users. "Consumers have come to expect a sleek, fluid experience online, regardless of the device they're using," said Tim Ford, CEO of dynaConnections. "If it's important to our customers, it's important to us, so we've made it a priority to stay ahead of the curve in this regard. Our mission has always been to enhance the way Realtors do business, and this release is just another step in that direction." About dynaConnections Corporation and connectMLS™ dynaConnections Corporation is an Austin-based real estate software company that is renowned for constant innovation and dedication to service. Its flagship product, connectMLS™, is a patent-pending, one-of-a-kind multiple listing service solution that is second to none with millisecond response time and ease of access on all devices and web browsers. Rich embedded features and seamless integrations allow connectMLS to be an intuitive, all-in-one real estate transaction manager for both agents and clients. For over thirteen years, dynaConnections and the connectMLS solution have been continually exceeding all standards of what the real estate industry expects from an MLS provider. For more information, visit: www.dynaconnections.com.
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WebsiteBox Provides IDX Integration for 5 New MLSs
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Greater Alabama MLS Chooses ListTrac for Seller Reports
SAN DIEGO, CA – The Greater Alabama MLS and Birmingham Association of REALTORS® have entered into an agreement to provide ListTrac™ as a member benefit to their broker and agent subscribers. With this new service, the Greater Alabama MLS will be monitoring and measuring engagement every place a listing is viewed by a REALTOR® or a consumer. Greater Alabama is joining a handful of other leading MLS in America who are pioneering this effort to improve the management of listing data online. "As online advertising evolved, our industry became very good at supporting agents and brokers with marketing listings in the MLS and though Internet Data Exchange (IDX). We have also made great strides at supporting the marketing of listings on third party portals. Until now, what we have not been able to provide is the ability for a member to know the effectiveness of these marketing efforts, to be able to show their seller where their property is being viewed" says James Harwell, President of Greater Alabama MLS. The ListTrac services works like a service akin to Google Analytics. A snippet of monitoring code is placed on websites that display MLS listing content. The MLS system itself also includes the snippet of monitoring code. The monitoring code sends information back to the ListTrac server where it is stored and accessed by the MLS and its members. The MLS, each member agent, and each participating broker is provided with a dashboard to view where listings are being viewed and where they are getting the most online exposure. REALTORS® may also invite their seller to have their own dashboard which shows how many impressions their property is getting online and where the impressions are coming from. There are three primary channels where listings are viewed online. The MLS, IDX powered agent and broker consumer websites, and portals. ListTrac is the first commercial service to measure listing engagement across all three. "We have been a solutions provider in the real estate space for 12 years," says Trent Gardner, co-founder of ListTrac. "We built ListTrac to measure engagement across the MLS, IDX sites, and the national portals – it occurred to us that every MLS service provider would want to monitor and report these online metrics to their members. The holistic reports offered by ListTrac provide the science for brokers and agents to make informed decisions about where their listing campaigns are being most effective - no one else provides this comprehensive view today." With ListTrac, agents and brokers will no longer be guessing about where to market listings effectively online. They will be able to view engagement in real-time and transparently share that information with the seller. About ListTrac ListTrac is a complimentary monitoring and reporting platform for real estate brokers, REALTORS® and sellers to measure user engagement data related to their listing content. ListTrac provides a holistic view of where and how listing content is being interacted with across the Internet. Located in San Diego, California, ListTrac's team has been exploring the real estate domain for novel tools for over 12 years. About Greater Alabama MLS The Greater Alabama MLS has approximately 3,200 members and providing service for 11 counties.
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WebsiteBox Provides IDX integration for 6 New MLSs
  We are proud to announce full IDX integration with 6 new MLS Boards in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida! They are: BFTMLS (Beaufort MLS) PSPAMLS (Pinehurst Southern Pines Area MLS) CAPECORAL (Cape Coral MLS) BSEAOR (Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors ) SWFLMLS (South West Florida MLS) BCAR (Brunswick County Association of Realtors) The Integrated IDX is part of our $99 Do-It-All Website package which also includes a fully customizable mobile friendly website, ready-to-go content, free hosting, a powerful CRM and more. If you would like to see the list with all MLSs that WebsiteBox current support, please click here. To view the original article, visit the WebsiteBox blog.
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WebsiteBox Expands Its IDX Integration With Addition of Five MLS Board
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WolfNet Announces CREA Data Distribution Facility Feed
  WolfNet is pleased to announce the availability of the Canadian Real Estate Association's Data Distribution Facility (DDF) feed on our industry-leading property search platform. The DDF solution is a national property search that covers all 13 Canadian Provinces and Territories and includes roughly 67% of the nation's active properties, or about 90,000 listings. The DDF property search includes all of our top-notch property search features including: Locale-based search types (Province/city, address/postal code, body of water) Lead capture options (Inquire About a Listing, Request a Showing, User Registration, and more!) Full property details with full-sized photos Customer Behavior tracking BackOffice tools to manage leads A multitude of property search configuration options to personalize the search It also includes a state-of-the-art upgrade options to further enhance the search including: MapTracks: Offer your website visitors a more visual, user friendly experience when searching for listings WordPress Plugin: Synchronize WolfNet's powerful IDX property search with any WordPress website or blog SEO Optimizer: Make your website soar to the top of Google, Bing, and Ask.com! Interested? Contact [email protected] today! If you have any questions about our DDF property search solution, please feel free to send an email to [email protected] Our Customer Service team can also be reached at 612-342-0088, Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM CST. And don't forget to visit our Canada page to view a complete list of our coverage: http://can.wolfnet.com! To view the original post, visit the WolfNet blog.
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IDX LLC introduces new features and enhancements that allow for a higher level of account control
Eugene, Ore. - Since the release of their Platinum product, the team at IDX LLC has been hard at work developing new features and enhancements. This month, the IDX team has given real estate Agents, Brokers, and real estate website designers some exciting new IDX tools such as: Sort Featured Listings by Property Type - With the use of IDX Broker Platinum, you now have the ability to sort your featured listings by property type. Once you select this option, your featured listings page will automatically sort by property type when more than one type is selected in the search criteria. Printable Flyer Contact Information - IDX Broker has made enhancements to the level of customization for printable flyers. The printable flyer now includes office name and basic contact information by default at the top of the flyer. You can further customize this information with the use of CSS. Lead Registration Options for Saved Links - You now have more control over your lead registration preferences per each saved link. Choose to set different force/request lead registration preferences for each saved link. New API versioning - Developers now have the option to upgrade to a new version of the API, from their control panel. On-demand API version controls mean users have the option to upgrade to a new version of the API at their convenience. Manual selection means IDX Broker can push out new API features without disturbing any preset settings or coding. All of these new features are included at no additional cost to all existing and future IDX Broker Platinum clients. For announcements regarding feature and enhancement updates, keep an eye on http://www.idxbroker.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter! About IDX, LLC Based in Eugene, Oregon, IDX, LLC is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, LLC. actively manages more than $1 trillion worth of active listings data from more than 550 individual Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX, LLC. provides integrated IDX software, customizable listing search utilities and lead management tools for real estate based websites (IDX Broker). In addition to the primary web-based software, IDX also provides an integrated WordPress widget for use in WordPress based blogs and websites (IDX Broker Wordpress Plugin) as well as a dedicated mobile application available for the iPhone and iPad (myAgent IDX). The entire suite of real estate software available from IDX is easy to manage and maintain and helps real estate professionals display real estate data from their multiple listing service (MLS) regardless of their technical ability. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, LLC., please visit http://www.idxbroker.com.
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Columbus Ohio MLS/IDX now available to all Agents!
EUGENE, ORE. -- The Columbus Ohio MLS (CBRMLS) IDX data feed is now available to all agent subscribers of IDX Broker. Starting this month, September 2013, agents may choose their own IDX vendor, and are no longer required to choose their Broker's IDX solution. Sales Manager, Bryson Womack says, "This means you can now utilize all the powerful new IDX Platinum tools on your own website." Thanks to these new Columbus MLS terms, agent members of Columbus MLS have more options when it comes time to choose an IDX vendor. Visit the Columbus MLS (CBRMLS) page for more information about how to integrate Columbus MLS into your real estate website. About IDX, Inc. Based in Eugene, Oregon, IDX Inc. is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, Inc. actively manages more than $1 trillion worth of active listings data from more than 500 individual Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX, Inc. provides integrated IDX software, customizable listing search utilities and lead management tools for real estate based websites (IDX Broker ). In addition to the primary web-based software, IDX also provides an integrated WordPress widget for use in WordPress based blogs and websites (IDX Broker Wordpress Plugin ) as well as a dedicated mobile application available for the iPhone and iPad (myAgent IDX ). The entire suite of real estate software available from IDX is easy to manage and maintain and helps real estate professionals display real estate data from their multiple listing service (MLS) regardless of their technical ability. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, Inc., please visit www.idxbroker.com.
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IDX Broker continues to make feature updates and enhancements on their new Platinum platform
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IDX Broker Platinum: Built for the Future of Mobile
More and more people are using mobile devices as their primary Internet browsing method. Current and future generations of homebuyers are impatient, so creating an engaging mobile experience with a fluid mobile user experience is essential for your real estate website. You may be wondering how your site visitors will access your mobile IDX pages. The answer is automatically! When anyone accesses your IDX links via a mobile device, those site visitors will automatically redirect to your branded mobile pages. By implementing IDX Broker's Platinum platform, it is simple to integrate mobile IDX into your website. There are two options when it comes to mobile viewing: Mobile Wrappers (Default). We have replaced the myAgent iOS found in IDX Broker Original, with a web-based solution that has the same look and feel but can be experienced on any device - regardless of the operating system, browser, etc. Mobile HTML Site Experience (for responsive websites); with mobile responsive templates, you are able to build out an integrated IDX website that works seamlessly on any device! While an app is nice, not all potential customers use an iPhone or iPad as their viewing device. With a responsive website, your pages will resize to fit the resolution and dimensions of whatever device they are accessed on. You can even customize the experience further using advanced Mobile CSS Tools provided in IDX Broker Platinum. Besides the benefit of mobile functionality, our mobile CSS tools give you the ability to design and customize a branded mobile site experience right from your IDX Platinum control panel. This gives you complete, fine-tuned control over the way your mobile IDX content displays to your site visitors! Not only will your mobile pages maintain the same look and feel of your desktop site but site visitors will enjoy the same convenient functions such as: The ability to switch between the Mobile version and the Full Site version of your IDX pages. Leads can log in to their My Listing Manager account, if they have not signed up for one yet it will send them to a Sign Up page instead. From here, they can save searches and properties, or contact you about a listing right on their mobile device. Site visitors can view available listings on a map, see property details, and search for open house in the area. These features are great for users that are literally out driving around looking for homes. To view the original post, visit the IDX Broker blog.
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Showcase your listings with powerful IDX Broker Platinum System-Wide Map Tools!
Our map search capabilities stand apart from any other product due to the high level of customization available. All IDX Broker map tools are simple, straightforward and easy to implement onto your site. Give your visitors the option to search for properties using a dynamic map tool instead of traditional search forms. Below is an overview of all the amazing things you can do with our map features to create a valuable experience for your site visitors: Add convienient maps widgets to any page, such as Results Pages, featured properties, sold/pending and supplemental pages. Set your map view to hybrid, satellite or street view. Decide to display either Google or Bing maps--the choice is yours! One of our NEW features allows you to set the map location manually by setting the Geocode by Dragging/Dropping Pin onto the Map. Custom CSS tools give you total control to determine the best size to display maps throughout your website flawlessly. Map results automatiically refresh to reflect any further search filtering users select. Visitors can create a My Listing Manager account to save searches or properties to refer to later. Combined with our Custom Links Generator, you can create an unlimited number of Map Search Pages, great for websites that have a lot of community or subdivision focused pages. Include Walk Score Maps so viewers can see schools, parks, restaurants, shopping, etc. all within walking distance from each listing. If you have any questions about our map features or anything else please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-421-9668. To view the original post, visit the IDX Broker blog.
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Better, Faster – HD IDX!
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New Widgets and Features in Optima Express
The latest version of iHomefinder's Optima Express is out today, and you'll find a great collection of features and widgets in this new version of our IDX WordPress plugin. We'll detail each one in its own post today, but here's a list of everything we've added: Agent Bio Widget – Add your photo and bio information for display in any widget area on your site Social Media Widget – Add links to your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts for display in any widget area Email Branding – Upload your custom branding here, or add a photo and logo to use the default header Optima Express Menu – Setting a new site up is a breeze if you use this menu that links to all your IDX content Community Pages Wizard – Power and Broker clients now have a shortcut to create great-looking community pages with Property Galleries SEO City Links – Power and Broker clients can boost SEO by adding cities to this widget, designed to get listings in your market area indexed by search engines Gallery Slider Shortcode – Our popular Gallery Slider is now in shortcode form and easier to add Sign up for Optima Express today and see them for yourself.
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Syndication Grenade? New Syndication Portal?
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Showing Suite, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Robot Workshop Search Solutions
Showing Suite, Inc. has just announced the acquisition of Robot Workshop’s real estate home search IDX and associated technology. Seth Siegler, Robot Workshop’s founder and CEO will be relocating to Showing Suite’s headquarters in San Diego, California to begin working at Showing Suite as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Robot Workshop has made a name for itself as an innovative firm, producing search solutions and technology for real estate agents and home buyers. Their operations are currently based in Charleston, South Carolina. The integration will also bring the award-winning Neighborhood Suggester to Showing Suite.  This solution helps home buyers select the type of neighborhood that best suits their lifestyle desires. This intuitive and powerful tool helps home buyers find their ideal home based on a variety of unique parameters. Showing Suite CEO Rick Bengson states, “We were extremely impressed with Seth and his  team’s agent products. These are the exact types of forward thinking software solutions our subscribers are looking for and now we can integrate this software into products that have never been available for agents. Adding Seth on as our CTO was also a huge part of this deal as he has a vast real estate background. That together with his technical knowledge and creativeness, we are able to add phenomenal products for the market now and in the future.” When asked about Showing Suite absorbing Robot Workshop, Seth Siegler stated, “I could not be more excited to join the Showing Suite team in San Diego. Infusing the innovative spirit and technology of Robot Workshop into Showing Suite’s already successful business is the perfect way to bring new real estate tech ideas to life. All I can say is: hold onto your hats. We’re hitting the ground running.” Siegler foresees the outcome of Robot Workshop and Showing Suite joining forces to be a huge success in creating new solutions within the real estate and technology industries. “The combination of our two companies is a match made in heaven. Showing Suite has been a fixture in this industry and already enjoys amazing success and a massive client base. Adding Robot Workshop technology into the mix gives us the power to really solve some problems in the real estate industry. I can’t wait to get started.” said Siegler.
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Homes Connect: Login Once. Access Everything.
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Question: Is Having No IDX Better Than a Really Bad Search Experience?
Today iHOUSEweb wants to know what agents and brokers think about IDX. They created a one-question survey to populate overall sentiment about the following question: Is Having No IDX Search on an Agent or Broker Website Better Than Having a Really Bad Search Experience? To answer Yes, or No, please click here. Thank you for sharing your insights.  
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iHomefinder Launches SEO-Friendly IDX/MLS Search
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Idaho Data Providers Market Report – February 2011
Idaho Data Providers Market Report – February 2011 More foreclosure paperwork court cases slow NOD filings. Treasure Valley starts 2011 with 568 Notice of Default filings. 4,046 Total Distressed Properties Currently Listed - Up 5.4% from January The foreclosure crisis continues into 2011 but its end looks to be delayed even further with new problems and complaints affecting the first step in the foreclosure process, the filing of the Notice of Default. The filing of the NOD starts the formal foreclosure process in non-judicial states, which means the foreclosure does not go through a court process. Idaho is one of 27 non-judicial states. The arguments by borrower's attorneys are that whoever signs the NOD must have knowledge of the facts of the default and also that many notices are invalid because the employees who sign them work for companies that do not have the standing to foreclose. In many cases the final individual who signs the document is working for a servicer who is an agent of another entity who is in turn an agent for another different agency and so on down the chain. In the past, these arguments slowed foreclosure filings in the judicial foreclosure states. Now, because these arguments are being raised in the non-judicial states, we are already seeing a significant decline in new foreclosure filings while the servicers and lenders review their procedures. "This will cause a delay in the filing of Notices until this process is cleaned up slowing and stretching out the foreclosure crisis even further," said Charlie Nate, president of IdahoDataProviders.com. Ada & Canyon County Notice of Default Statistics Ada County Filings down 13% from December with 328 Notices of Default Filed in January Ada County new defaults dropped 13% in January with 328 notices filed. January's 328 filings is lower than any monthly total in 2010 except for November which had 284 filings. As document procedures are cleaned up look for filings to rapidly increase in the coming months. Canyon County Foreclosures up 31% with 240 Notices of Default filed in January! Canyon County had 240 notices filed in January which is up 31% over December when 183 notices were filed. Canyon County defaults averaged 263 filings per month in 2010. January starts out 2011 well below this monthly average but it should pick up in the coming months. The Treasure Valley started 2011 with 568 NOD filings in January. Short Sales up 3.5% from December with 2,147 Short Sales Listed in January After a significant drop of 12.4% from November to December short sale listings have bounced back and are back up 3.5% in January. As Housing prices continue to struggle locally watch for short sale listings to increase as more homeowners realize their home is not worth what they owe on their mortgage. REO Listings Up 6.6% after Three Consecutive Months of Decline Banks are still taking back a record number of properties from foreclosure auctions and are now starting to release more of these properties into the market. There are now 1,899 REO properties listed in the IMLS. Total Distressed Listings Increase 5.4% after 6 month Consecutive Decline. With both Short Sales and REO properties increasing, total distressed listings have reversed the downward trend that lasted 6 months. There are currently 4,046 distressed properties listed. This is up from 3,838 total distressed listings in December. As springtime approaches and more sellers enter the market look for this number to increase as well. Idaho Data Providers.com is Idaho's and the Treasure Valley's local source for current, accurate and detailed foreclosure listings, with detailed profiles pages for each property in the foreclosure process. Our database is updated and tracked daily. For questions or inquiries about this report please contact Charlie Nate at 208-860-6786.  
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