How to Build a RETS Feed Website?

Please note that the Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS) has been deprecated and is no longer recommended for use in MLS/IDX integration. Consumers are advised to use the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Web API, which provides a more efficient and secure way of accessing MLS/IDX data. We strongly encourage all users to transition to RESO Web API for a better and more reliable experience. Learn more

A RETS feed is a data connection that can help you take your business to a new level. It allows you to import indexable property listings from your MLS and boost your SEO. It also grants more control and flexibility than other IDX technologies. Follow these steps on how to build a RETS feed website.

Step 1

Buy domain and hosting

Buy a domain name and a hosting package that can handle the data load from a RETS feed.

Step 2

Choose website builder platform

Choose a website builder platform that can accept RETS software.

Pro tip: We recommend WordPress for the variety of compatible RETS software offered.

WPL Website Builder

Step 3

Choose a vendor

Select a vendor that offers RETS software compatible with your website platform.

Step 4

Install RETS software

Follow vendor instructions to install RETS software on your servers.

Install RETS

Step 5

Acquire RETS login from your MLS

Speak to your MLS RETS administrator to find out how to acquire a RETS login.

Step 6

Establish data connection

Insert MLS-issued username and password into RETS software to connect to MLS servers.

Establish RETS Data

Step 7

Map fields

Use your RETS software to map RETS fields to the appropriate locations on your site

Pro Tip: Many RETS vendors will provide this service as part of your software purchase

Map RETS Fields

Step 8

Import test data

Import a few listings to test your software configurations

Step 9

Check data accuracy

Check the test listings to confirm mapping accuracy.

Step 10

Run full import

Import full database of listings.

Import RETS

Step 11

Set up synchronization

Configure RETS software to fetch new and updated listings at a regular interval.

Step 12

Configure user search options

Customize the front-end search experience to fit your needs.


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