John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent  928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It's more of a website problem than a RETS/IDX issue.  RETS is a data transmission technology (like HTML) and an IDX is a program to display/search the data (like a web browser).  When I looked into developing my own IDX, I would still need a RETS feed to pull the data from my MLS into my website's IDX.


You may need to pull some additional data points or use enable something in the IDX.

Jun 21, 2019 05:53 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I really don't know. 

Jun 22, 2019 05:17 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Yes, we still have RETS...

Jun 22, 2019 05:08 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

rets is the only way to get the data. Download the rets data into your database and then set up the polygon search from your database. This is how most idx's are set up and i am surprised your developer is putting the rets data directly  on your site.

The problem is not rets, it is your developer.

Jun 22, 2019 04:35 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA has your answer.

Jun 21, 2019 08:57 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

RETS is the data provided by your MLS. IDX uses that feed to populate your search on your website. 

All IDX's do not pull down all of the RETS data that is available. If maps are available in your MLS and you want it, the IDX should provide it...or you need a new IDX/web designer.

Jun 22, 2019 06:47 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Out of my area of expertise.

Jun 22, 2019 03:59 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I wouldnt know the difference.

Jun 21, 2019 08:26 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

John Mosier I believe this was asked last week and if memory serves me correctly there was some really good info in the answers.

Jun 21, 2019 07:42 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
WordPress Real Estate - IDX, RESO Web API, CRM

RETS is actually a newer verison of IDX technologies (but is now being replaced by RESO Web API). The problem sounds like it lies in the website developer or idx provider. 

I am a representative for a website provider if you want to email me with some more specific idx/rets questions. I'd be happy to answer any of them!

Jun 28, 2019 08:00 AM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing & SEO

This is the way it usually works:

MLS data > RETS standardises the data > IDX gets and readies data for web > Website displays MLS data from IDX service

Like others have mentioned, the RETS data is there.
If you use an IDX service, they have to do the polygon search for you.
If you use RETS directly, you are the IDX, so you have to do it yourself.

Btw, it all will be RESO instead of RETS pretty soon.

Jun 22, 2019 12:09 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

That Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA is one smart dude!

Jun 22, 2019 09:56 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

polygon searches?

Jun 22, 2019 09:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Above my knowledge base.  Seems there are always hidden technology issues with websites/ 

Jun 22, 2019 09:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I haven't a clue... 

Jun 22, 2019 07:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wow, way above my paygrade.

Jun 22, 2019 03:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Looks like Ryan has your answer.

Jul 12, 2019 12:18 PM
Ray Stockwell
ZipperAgent - Boston, MA
Director of Marketing

Ryan is absolutely right.  At ZipperAgent we have provisioned many polygon searches on websites.

Jun 25, 2019 09:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Will have to see the interesting comments you will get.


Jun 23, 2019 10:58 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hey all, thanks for these answers as I am setting up my IDX now with a new site.

Jun 22, 2019 02:18 PM