All Northern Virginia MLS IDX Search Engines. 31, Add More!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc

The goal here is to list ALL the MLS search engines in the MRIS area (Northern Virginia, DC Maryland) that pull the entire MLS (all broker listings).

MRIS is the back end provider of the Northern Virginia MLS. They allow Realtors to log into their back end system via Matrix.MRIS.com. But they also let brokers and 3rd party providers have access to the MLS Data and republish it in their own manner via IDX and RETS feeds.

While almost every Realtor website has a "Click here to search," 95% of those link to a partner that slaps their name and photo on it, like Homesdatabase.com with about 1,000 sub accounts.

This list took me 2 hours to compile. Let me know if I missed any!

10,000 NOVA Realtors, but only 32 31 total unique search engines that pull the MLS (all broker listings) directly, yet they display them differently

Large Brokers:

  1. Averyhess.com
  2. LongAndFoster.com
  3. McEnearney.com
  4. PrudentialCarruthers.com
  5. Remax.com
  6. Weichert.com

Smaller brokers

  1. BrioRealty.com
  2. Choice Real Estate
  3. NVFH.com (registration required for details)
  4. Realtywatch.com
  5. Redfin.com
  6. TheBestHomeSearchEver.com and BirdsEyeSearch.com
  7. VirginiaMLS.com
  8. ZipRealty.com (registration required for details)

3rd Party Providers (most Popular), something an agent or Broker would subscribe to and put their name all over it.

  1. Homesdatabase.com, Realtor product called Active Agent from MRIS $325/yr. Ex: MLS Virginia
  2. iHOMEFINDER.com, Example Broker: Exit AllStar Realty
  3. ListingsToGo, Watchdog service. "Starts at" $540/yr. Example: Bill Davis
  4. MLSFinder.com from Wolfnet, Agent example: JustNewListings.com or Broker: KellerWilliams.com
  5. MRIS Bridge, From MRIS for brokers. $750 a year. Example: Fairfax Realty
  6. Top Producer, Agent example Grace Neary

3rd Party Providers (less frequently used), something an agent or Broker would subscribe to

  1. Advanced Access, Agent example: Ann Gross
  2. GoMethod.com, Agent example: BernieKagan
  3. HomeCards, Broker example: Westgate Realty
  4. Househunt.com Agent example: Maggie DelGallo (registration required for details)
  5. IDXco, Starting at $468yr, Agent example: (Valarie Smallwood)
  6. IDXPro.com, Agent example: Nova Real estate Team


3rd Party MLS showcasers (not sponsored by a particular broker or agent)

  1. Homes.com
  2. Homescape (Washington Post)
  3. Realtor.com (they strip 50% of the images, details here)

Individuals:

  1. Team Cornwell
  2. Theearlofrealestate.net

Not included:

  1. Century21 It only searches C21 listings. (Correct me if I'm wrong)
  2. ColdwellBanker.com Only searches their own listings.
  3. Zillow, Trulia. They do not have MLS access, read details here


Let me know if I missed any. 


- Written by Frank Borges LL0SA- Broker FranklyRealty.com

Please report typos and errors.

UPDATE: and of course my new site FranklyMLS.com

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Cindy Jones
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Frank-I am using the IHomefinder IDX search on my outside blog.  Went with this one since it could be customized to match my site with headers and colors.  The biggest problem with the homesdatabase solution is that the average agent can't customize the look and feel so it sticks out like a sore thumb if you try and integrate it in your site.  If they would let agents customize they might get a higher market share in this area.
January 06, 2008 07:14 AM #1
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Andrew Mattie

I'm a software engineer for Diverse Solutions (an IDX vendor), and I just happened to stumble on this post today and thought I might chime in with a tip to the IDX solution we make. It's a mapping application, and you can find out more about it here: http://www.diversesolutions.com/dssearchagent.htm .

Here's an example of one of our clients who uses our IDX solution: http://idx.diversesolutions.com/search/591/20 .

April 01, 2008 03:11 PM #2
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Khalil El-Ghoul

Hey Frank,

 

The search at www.i-agent.com (advanced) is unique.. Keep up the good work, I would be interested in learning more about your wikis...Thanks 

April 08, 2008 05:54 PM #3
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BJ Matson
Remax Town Center - Olney, MD

Pretty cool how you figured that out...  Cindy is so right about homesdatabase

May 19, 2008 03:48 PM #4
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Jim Crawford
RE/MAX Paramount Properties - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate

http://www.ewebengine.com/company/ Provides in the MRIS area.

http://www.dcvirginiahomes.com  Example of a Company site.

June 08, 2008 08:28 PM #5
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David Rainey
McEnearney Associates - Old Town - Alexandria, VA

1ParkPlace also provides IDX for MRIS see it on http://www.YourAtHomeTeam.com

 

July 15, 2008 05:09 PM #6
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Christina Early
IDX, Inc. - Eugene, OR

IDX Broker- http://idxbroker.com for more specific information

August 07, 2008 06:22 PM #7
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David Dowies

Our search is made by a third party company, but I believe it is one of the best in the industry (for third party real estate searches) after researching most others... http://www.DCmetroVAhomes.com is the site for the firm which was started a few months ago.

December 03, 2009 09:28 AM #8
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Dan Rochon
Dan and Traci & Consultants - Keller Williams Realty - Alexandria, VA
Short Sale Specialist - Team Serving Virginia, Maryland, and DC

And of course...  http://greetingsvirginia.com/  :)

September 26, 2010 12:14 AM #9
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John Duncan
Keller Williams Realty - Friendswood, TX

Anyone using DS with Google PPC campaigns?  I tried it a few years back and could never make the Google gods happy with my landing page.

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