Integrating MLS/IDX/XML listings into real estate website

The abbreviation MLS means Multiple Listings Services that represent the database of all available properties in different areas.

MLS concept is very simple, it is the so-called warehouse. When the property is available for sale, it goes to the warehouse when it is sold, it is not available for storage. But because the property can not be stored in the warehouse, the MLS contains only information about the property. With the MLS you can see what is available for sale at the moment.

Realtors use MLS to publish the information about apartments or houses for sale or rent. The systems also contain the information about all registered real estate brokers in the selected region so users can quickly find the perfect one according to their expectation and pricing policy. Thus, you can see why the integration with MLS databases has so much influence on your real estate website.

The way of integration depends on the mechanism that this system supports.

Most of the MLS databases use 2 search sites:

  • RETS (Real Estate Transaction Standard)
  • IDX (Internet Data Exchange)

Even if the MLS that need to be integrated does not support these modules for integration, we will apply another procedure.

The advantage of an XML is that each property can have its own unique webpage or URL. By using this you can control the actual URL and the quality of the content on each property page

There are two ways to integrate the MLS into the Fastw3b Real Estate solution: 

  1. MLS/IDX Integration Service
    This service provides the direct connection of the MLS to the website. It can be felicitous for the clients that have already had the FW Real Estate purchased and set up properly.
  2. Property website with integration
    If you new in the field or made a decision to build your personal real estate website on Joomla! platform, we will be glad to introduce you to an entirely operative site that you can customize based on your preferences and taste. Once you've installed everything you became the rightful owner of this website.

MLS / IDX / XML integration: quick and easy real estate database update

In this review, we will consider Joomla extension services. In particular: an extension for the FW Real Estate plugin. Its task is in automation of the import and the real estate objects synchronization using external databases (MLS / IDX) or XML feeds. For this purpose, special settings and fields updates are used.

MLS / IDX / XML Integration service includes:

  • Integration of standard FWRE fields with external MLS / IDX / XML source. Any extra fields can be added at additional cost approximately $50 per field. Adding special conditions for the processing of certain fields.
  • Existing fields format adaptation to match MLS / IDX / XML source format.
  • Cron setup for regular (daily/hourly) one-way MLS/IDX/XML synchronization and the site with FWRE.
  • 30 days maintenance support to ensure that synchronization works as expected.

Data exchange with MLS is as follows:

Itegrating systems details

Real estate MLS integration helps real estate brokers share information and deliver a proposal to clients. This is the advantage of agents over private individuals. Multi-listing is an electronic base in which all the objects for sale are located. It is not available to anyone, only market experts can use it. As a rule, the base is collected at the city or regional level.

Real estate IDX integration is necessary to expand the MLS possibilities: properties search in the base, the common network control and more. For example, IDX allows you to configure the receiving data from MLS in XML form.

RETS is a set of standards to simplify software with MLS data. However, not all MLS / IDX providers adhere to RETS standards or do not fully adhere to them. For this, it is important to integrate individually and ensure that all configured fields are synchronized correctly.

Installation and Configuration

Joomla development services integration is a complex process requiring technical skills. Therefore, the module is not obtained out of the box, but is just a custom plugin for FW Real Estate.

During installation, various custom search and filter parameters are added. Everything that is necessary for the client is integrated. When the installation is complete, all functions will be tested to ensure that the components work as expected.

The most important parameters will be configured in the FW Real Estate control panel. The list of important parameters is discussed with each client individually, so as a result, each client receives the product that is necessary for his/her business.

You need to have access to actual MLS / IDX / XML channel or file server so the MLS / IDX database works. An XML news feed or a CSV file of a specified format can be used for this. Your account should be allowed access to current properties of the real estate.

For the work we need:

  • Website with the latest version of FW Real Estate, access to the Joomla administrator panel, as well as access to FTP server.
  • Integration service payment. You will be sent a link to the transaction upon request. The integration price will be 799 USD.
  • MLS / IDX / XML working access to the properties database. This is needed only for testing purposes to configure the integration and make sure that the product work. This can be a test account or a developer account.


FW Real Estate MLS / IDX / XML integration will allow the real estate site to reach a new orbit. The interoperability with a common real estate agents base will favorably highlight the site in front of similar resources, where relevant ads from individuals and organizations are collected. Big win in the plus column would be the constant maintenance of the site in the current status, and to provide visitors with information about off-the-shelf real estate properties.

The help of experts during installation and configuration excludes possible errors, and the 30 days of the support period allow you to make sure that there are no any bugs.

MLS/IDX/XML Integration Service

The integration from MLS directories allows you to grow your business! Combine your real estate website with the data from MLS!
You don't have to transfer all information about your property manually! We will save your precious time and do all the integration for you!

Synchronize your Real Estate website with external feed!
Multiple Listings Services (MLS) is a collection of data with the list of all available properties for sale and rent in the different locality. In addition, the directory contains exhaustive file and information about all real estate agents and agencies in selected areas. Fastw3b Team created the irreplaceable service that gives you an opportunity to fill your website with exclusive content and manage the information about the best properties so that you can be #1 in the field!

Fastw3b MLS/IDX/XML Integration Service  it's:
  • 7 years of integration experience
  • Quick integration process
  • Life quality guarantee
  • Wide range of providers
  • 100s of successful integrations done
What is included?
  • 1 MLS integration OR 1 IDX integration OR 1 XML integration;
  • Up to 3500 properties integration from/to Real Estate website built on FW Real Estate extension;
  • Data import into fields, available in FW Real Estate extension
What is NOT included?
  • the cost of the main component, its add-ons, customization and a flat fee
  • adding new fields from MLS provider to the component. Please contact us if you need to add new fields to the component and modules
  • component, modules and templates layout/design changes. Please contact us if you need to redesign or change layout of properties listings
  • payments for registration at MLS website and other payments connected with website account
  • negotiations with MLS provider
MLS systems have been already integrated with FW Real Estate

Fastw3b Development Team has already integrated sites built with FW Real Estate with MFRMRS, Elkhart MLS, FLEXMLS,, West Penn MLS and others.   elkhart  flex mls  my florida  west penn 1

Integration with other MLS systems are also possible and can be implemented via RETS or IDX as well.

Way to integrate FW Real Estate with Trulia or Zillow portals

We are planning to develop a special plugin for FW Real Estate to make import/export to/from these sites simple and quick. Still we accept integration requests that can be done on individual and charged basis.

trulia  zillow

Transfer and populate all the fields from MLS provider website

By default only those fields included in FW Real Estate Pro will be populated with the information from MLS. Other fields included in listings of MLS provider should be added to the component additionally. Otherwise this information will be missed. Please contact us before if you want extra fields to be added to the component. This service is extra charged. The price depends on the scope of work and time frame.

What do you need from me to start MLS integration?

The only things we need from you to start:

  • access data to your account registered on MLS system,
  • URL to MLS service itself,
  • Joomla super-Admin and FTP-access to your website.
Price integration service from $ 450 to $ 799. Depending on your needs such as service with which need to integrate website, number of fields, etc. To get a price quote please fill out a short application. We will contact you within 1 business day!

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