Krista Jenkins, REALTOR®, Residential sales and retail & office leasing (Egenbacher Real Estate)

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Peter Mark SEO Services
PeterMarkSEO - Holiday, FL
Full Time SEO

Yes but before installing an IDX on your site you need a SEO/CRO plan of how you will get your visitors to your site. Long term SEO will work. Short term combine google my business with facebook retargeting ads.

Mar 16, 2019 01:52 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Technically, it's not necessary.

Professionally and results-wise? It's completely necessary.

If you don't have IDX, your visitors will use someone else's.

And probably someone else.

Why would they prefer to use yours over ZTR? Because yours is accurate. It feeds directly from MLS.

Mar 15, 2019 02:43 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Krista. Buyers do use IDX on websites. Preferably you'd want them on your site and off of Zillow and other sites.

Mar 15, 2019 01:16 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

yes.... buyers use the IDX on our website.... we want them to stay on our site and continue to return.... user friendly!!

Mar 15, 2019 01:11 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Hi Krista,

Yes, that's how you get the property information from your MLS service to show up in your website. 

Mar 15, 2019 12:50 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

If it's a site that you're trying to attract buyers, then absolutely! I prefer my buyers utilize my IDX or my app over Z or R.com!

Mar 15, 2019 02:46 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

As others have said IDX is a  necessary & valuable search tool on your website. 

Mar 15, 2019 02:09 PM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

It's what pays my bills.  But they don't necessarily come to my site because it has IDX, but because I've got a lot of long tail search IDX pages that they find with a general Internet search.  If they want a Cincinnati patio home, they'll find me.  Whether they hire me or not is a whole other story :)

Mar 15, 2019 02:02 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes.

Mar 15, 2019 01:21 PM
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

Yes, buyers use the IDX search.

The trick is, ranking above the Zillows of the world, or, at least on page one for a bunch of different long-tail terms.

Or, you can buy ads on Google and/or Facebook.

Mar 15, 2019 01:01 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not really, but it's probably worth having. Do you want to get someone to your site, then have them leave to go look at listings on zillow, redfin, etc?

Mar 15, 2019 12:45 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I do not know if it's necessary but I liked having it on my site. Once I got duped into a website that advertises here who promised they would tap into my MLS and did not yet they would NOT let me out of a one year contract. I wish I could think of their name because they should not be in business Krista Jenkins, REALTOR® 

Mar 15, 2019 12:41 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I say so, why else would a buyer go there then?

Mar 15, 2019 02:46 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It depends on what the purpose of your site is and what you do in real estate.  For me, I primarily work with sellers and my MLS has a portal that is easy enough to use.  When I do work with buyers, that's what I set them up on.

 

Joe Blow of the street with no prior knowledge of you, is going to go to zillow/realtor/redfin to do their searching.

Mar 15, 2019 02:30 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I think most people would want to do searches, so yes.

Mar 15, 2019 02:19 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I have a lot of great information on my website, but without an IDX Search no one will ever see it. People go to the web 1st to search, secondly to read about schools, neighborhoods and market data.

My IDX Search it the 1st thing you see on my site (other than my required brokerage info.)

Mar 15, 2019 04:45 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

People search on my site - I believe it adds credibility as a business owner as well. 

Mar 15, 2019 03:57 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Krista,

We think it is, and it is an opportuninty for you to catch a lead if they request a showing, or have question for you.  A

Mar 15, 2019 03:18 PM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Yes. In my opinion it's a must have feature. The better the IDX provider the better. You want folks to use your site - not Zillow, or other sites.

Mar 15, 2019 05:35 PM
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Yes, lots of potential missed opportunities if not on the website

Mar 15, 2019 03:49 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think so.

Mar 15, 2019 03:47 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Best if they use my idx, but even better if they contact me and get put into a collaboration site.

Mar 15, 2019 06:59 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

IDX = YES ... Buyers come to a real estate site to FIND real estate and as REALTORS we need to provide the GOODS -- IDX does that.

Mar 15, 2019 06:33 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I've always had IDX on my site. It seems like a good idea to put the product on the page. I haven't analyzed metrics on the usage. I allready know Zillow users will use Zillow but I like to have it in place for my visitors.

Mar 16, 2019 08:35 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Market research!

That's one of the valid purposes for an open house.

Ask smart questions and you will get the insight you need regarding where to spend your money.

Let me give a comparisons.

Lowe's and Home Depot have the same stuff.  Ace has replaced most major brand tools with the Craftman brand. There on the fringes is Harbor Freight for the DIY'er who intends to use the tool one time...but keeps it forever.

How does the consumer choose between businesses offering essentially he same stuff?

Intelligent questions will give you the fabric for your delineation. 

CLUE: IDX IS NOT DELINEATION but is 'Me Too!"

NOTE: be prepared to dig into why so many search for homes on the "FISH People" website but do not use fish agents.

Mar 16, 2019 05:29 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Why would anyone look at an agent's website if not to search for houses?

Mar 16, 2019 12:41 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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If you want people to dwell on your site looking for properties. Heck, yes.

Mar 16, 2019 07:31 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Idx is only necessary if you want to have buyers use your site.

Mar 16, 2019 05:43 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes... why do most people go to any real estate website? It's to look at houses. Why would you want to send them to someone else if they land on your site. They won't come back if they can't search.

Mar 16, 2019 04:44 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

It helps with clients.

 

Mar 18, 2019 03:16 PM
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Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Gosh, swimming against the tide here, but I say no. Most buyers are going to search on the big portals. They rarely seek out an agents site to look for homes. Most buyers are already looking on the big portals long before they are directed to an agents site. Save your money for better uses. Just my humble opinion.

Mar 18, 2019 05:58 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Save your real estate buyer time... you and I like to shop in once and done if possible and that's why big box stores happened. Online you can sneak into boutiques that seem less warehouse ceilings and fluorescent lights but hit me.. hit me again... make it hot and ready buffet with everything and add the sizzle of nifty filtering to slice and dice and zero in quickly on the sweet part of the inventory I can afford and with my gotta have / don't want list considered. How often does your IDX do the chron job server pull to update... how fresh is this info (sniff sniff) and third party clunky IDX solution of hand crafted to display the way you want leaving nothing out? If you are gonna do IDX.. do it right but prepare for pricey Krista Jenkins, REALTOR® .

Mar 17, 2019 04:01 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I feel IDX is important

Mar 16, 2019 07:47 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Not really but I like it when done right....

Mar 16, 2019 04:58 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We would like to believe that it is as we offer many more tools to our visitors than ZTR, and...the buck stops with us. Call us and we will take it from there all the way past the closing.

Mar 16, 2019 03:51 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, or they go elsewhere and seldom, if ever, return.

Mar 16, 2019 05:51 AM