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

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 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 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:


Smaller brokers

  2. Choice Real Estate
  3. (registration required for details)
  6. and
  8. (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., Realtor product called Active Agent from MRIS $325/yr. Ex: MLS Virginia
  2., Example Broker: Exit AllStar Realty
  3. ListingsToGo, Watchdog service. "Starts at" $540/yr. Example: Bill Davis
  4. from Wolfnet, Agent example: or Broker:
  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., Agent example: BernieKagan
  3. HomeCards, Broker example: Westgate Realty
  4. Agent example: Maggie DelGallo (registration required for details)
  5. IDXco, Starting at $468yr, Agent example: (Valarie Smallwood)
  6., Agent example: Nova Real estate Team

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

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


  1. Team Cornwell

Not included:

  1. Century21 It only searches C21 listings. (Correct me if I'm wrong)
  2. 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

Please report typos and errors.

UPDATE: and of course my new site


Comments (10)

Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
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.
Jan 05, 2008 11:14 PM
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: .

Here's an example of one of our clients who uses our IDX solution: .

Apr 01, 2008 08:11 AM
Khalil El-Ghoul

Hey Frank,


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

Apr 08, 2008 10:54 AM
BJ Matson
The Choice Group - Olney, MD

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

May 19, 2008 08:48 AM
Jim Crawford
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Jim Crawford Broker Associate Fredericksburg VA Provides in the MRIS area.  Example of a Company site.

Jun 08, 2008 01:27 PM
David Rainey
McEnearney Associates - Old Town - Alexandria, VA

1ParkPlace also provides IDX for MRIS see it on


Jul 15, 2008 10:09 AM
Christina Early
IDX, Inc. - Eugene, OR

IDX Broker- for more specific information

Aug 07, 2008 11:22 AM
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... is the site for the firm which was started a few months ago.

Dec 03, 2009 01:28 AM
Dan Rochon
Greetings Virginia with eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Top Realtor in Northern Virginia

And of course...  :)

Sep 25, 2010 05:14 PM
John Duncan
Keller Williams Realty - Friendswood, TX
It's not about houses, it's about people

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.

Feb 16, 2011 05:56 PM