The simple definition: For real estate agents and brokers in Canada, IDX is the system that allows REALTORS® to show MLS® listings of homes on their websites. IDX stands for "Internet Data Exchange", which is a business program where brokers grant each other permission to display their listings on each others' websites.
IDX or Broker Reciprocity allows agents to use their websites to connect with consumers. Through IDX, your website has an IDX "data feed" from your local real estate boards. All inquiries from your website are directed to your email inbox. Consumers may choose to contact you directly by phone to inquire about a property.
Professional IDX real estate website service providers like ABL-Web.com makes it easy for you to show all MLS® listings on your website. ABL's websites are a great way to generate leads for your real estate business.
Check IDX availability in your MLS® board. View sample MLS listings search here.
The board's feed supplies reciprocity brokers and Realtors with listing information within a well-defined border that appears exactly as it does on the board's own RealtyLink website.
MLS® Reciprocity and the "Rules of Cooperation” of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board, set the framework for the orderly conduct of real estate business by members of the British Columbia Real Estate Association.
For the public, searching for homes on the MLS® system is just a matter of using one of the many MLS® Reciprocity websites on the internet to look for homes that interest them. For a REALTOR®, MLS® Reciprocity allows him/her to display all the MLS listings on his/her website which acts as a bridge to connect with for online visitors.