Global Property Filters
How to Filter Your MLS Listings
If you are using our IDX product you are a member of an MLS that has hundreds, if not thousands of listings. By default your IDX feed will import all of these listings to your site. Placester realizes that real estate professionals often have specific areas of expertise and desire the flexibility to narrow the field of focus for the listings appearing on their site.
In this article we’ll review how to enable some of the more popular filters and what effect they will have on the listings appearing on your site.
Navigating to Global Property Filtering
From the Word Press Admin side, select the Placester tab.
Selecting the Global Property Filtering Subtab
Click on Global Property Filtering tab.
The Global Property Filtering page
The area in the red box is where we will be updating to add or remove filters.
Types of Data
Placester offers many data fields that you can create filters on. You’ll notice location, listing and property specific data.
Note: All filters are “Opt-In” centric, meaning the filters you put on your site apply to the listings you want to see on your site. For example:
Include Residential Sales
Include Zip Code ‘02142’
Include State ‘Wisconsin’
Detailed Filter Information
You’ll notice the first dropdown allows you to select the type of data. The second dropdown allows you to be specific about the filter you are trying to create.
One of the most popular filters is for “Listing Type.” Below you’ll see how to set a filter if you only want residential properties for sale to appear on your site. This would exclude commercial and rental properties from appearing on your site.
Filtering by zip code is another popular filter because it allows you to focus on one specific area.
If you only want the listings that one specific agent of the MLS to appear on your site, you can also filter by Agent ID.
Note: Dependent on the MLS this information may not come through your data feed.
Confirmation of an Added Filter
Once you click the “Add Filter” button, you should see the green confirmation message like the image below.
Removing a Filter
If you ever want to remove a filter, simply click the “x” symbol to the left of the filter you created.
A Few Notes
Global Property Filtering is a wonderful tool that can make your site more relevant for the great work that you do. That being said keep the following tips in mind:
– Remeber that these filters are inclusive, so if you’re trying to exclude just one zip code from your entire MLS it may not be worth the effort.
– If you’re ever missing listings from your site, always remember to check which filters you have enabled. It’s easy to forget about these filters and their effect on the properties on your site.
– Not every filter is going to be available for every MLS. Filters are dependent on specific data fields. If your MLS does not support that data field, you will not be able to create a filter for it.