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Hello:

I have a friend who is a real estate agent. She want to create a web page with an integrated MLS search. I am willing to help her, but need to know what steps I need to take to access a MLS database. I would prefer to do all pages in PHP. Some questions I can think of are:

1.) Where do I find a MLS server to query?
2.) What is the method in which to search a MLS Database?
3.) Can you provide a sample script?

I would appreciate any other information on MLS that can be provided.

Thanks

- Eric -
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by:KenAdney
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I'm guessing but as far as I know there's no such thing as a national or single MLS database.  It'll be something maintained by somone in your area and your realtor should know who.  How does she query it now?
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by:eric_j_kropf
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The realtors have passwords to access the MLS and add content. That content is tied to through other web pages. She is going to ask MLS directly what she can do.

I found a couple references to PHP scripts to access MLS, but the web site was dead or removed.

What I need to know is what a script would look like to access this database. Since this is a common database, they must have similiar features or standards. Has any of the experts ever worked with MLS?
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Eric,
 I did a web page for a major real estate agency, and am hosting it now. We run regular updates to the site approximately 3 times a week. We did the site in Cold Fusion and it was a little tricky getting everything setup. Your first step is to get a paragon logon (get from the real estate agent you are doing the site for). Once you do this you have to go to paragon and download the zip files of the new listings. Then you have to figure out how you want to get those listings diaplyed on your site (they come in tab delimitted files). We use SQL server and upload the listings into a table every month. Then we have another table which associates the pictures with the listing #'s (some extensive code to get this to work). And again, as I mentioned it has to be updated a couple times a week as agents are always getting new pictures.
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by:eric_j_kropf
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Well after further information from MLS, I can embed a frame in the page to accomplish this. The agent gets a direct link to the MLS when they sign up.

Thanks for the info and I will dole out the points to you both.
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by:the-lan-man
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Downloading the database from the local MLS system is fine, but what about the pictures?  When people run a search, they are going to want to see the pictures of the properties.  Do I have to download those, too, or is there a way I can simply link to the MLS system?
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