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Is there a wordpress plugin that will integrate mls listings into a page on my wordpress site?  Preferably a free or low cost plugin.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I think you will find that although the listing service may be free, you have to be a Realtor that is a paid up member of the local MLS service to get them.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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There is currently one free plugin in the WordPress registry:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/real-estate-mls-search/

But you may want to read this post from Chris Lema:

http://chrislema.com/wordpress-mls-integration-real-estate/

which directly addresses the challenges of integrating MLS into a WordPress site.
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by:Ray Paseur
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Just to further to what Jason identified...  I'm a fairly experienced programmer with a good toolset and some wealthy real-estate clients, and even they balked at the time and cost of MLS integration.  The XML/XSL work is not to be underestimated, and the real estate industry at large has been almost hostile to the internet, perceiving it (perhaps correctly, if you believe in Redfin) as a threat to their entrenched commission structures.  A quick look at the math:

ASP for a house in McLean, VA: $1,000,000
http://www.househunt.com/home-prices/VA/McLean/22101/

Average sales commission: 6% == $60,000.

Average time from listing to sale: < 1 week
I can't find a reference for this, but my friends who are realtors confirm it

This means that you're looking at a market that generates a lot of money very fast.  Why would anybody who has a foothold here get involved with computer programming problems?
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Lucas Bishop earned 200 total points
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Are you looking at integrating an MLS Search tool, where users can select their preferred criteria (city, cost, rooms, etc) and then render the results on a page? Then the IDX Plugin is the industry standard.

If you're not looking for this advanced functionality and just want to dump a static list of MLS listings onto a page, on some regular schedule. You might just want to build a kimono recipe to scrape some existing site on a daily basis.
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by:livewirewebsolutions
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thanks for all the great advice guys.  I'm going to use the IDX plugin found here. http://www.dsidxpress.com/ .  It integrates nicely into many themeforest templates.  It costs $29.99 but the agent will pay for that.
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