MLS Feed Changes and Updates

A lot of fixes went live over the past 2 weeks. Here's the rundown of some improvements and fixes made to several MLS feeds:

  • CRMLS - We decided to push a brand new mapper of CRMLS as part of ongoing efforts to get this feed updating properly and with better regularity. Several unused fields were stripped out, and we changed a few things about how we were mapping Bathrooms, Lot Size/Acres, and property type to provide more uniform filtering of key fields and take into account more edge cases.

  • FMLS - Updated the mapper to better read "Zip Code"s on a listing since Google seems to be slower than the city at recognizing new neighborhoods.

  • MRIS - We added a property type category "Co-Op" which should now display all Co-Ops and Timeshares available from the MLS (This support will be available on the BRIGHT feed as well)

  • NNEREN - (New England) Added some catches for Farmhouse and New Englander property types to get them classified in the correct place, as well as adding catches for Multi-Level properties. Also added the "Lot Description" field and renamed "More Interior Features" and "More Exterior Features" to avoid confusion with the advanced filters.

We have a lot of exciting improvements coming to the search fields in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to the Facebook page and the Showcase blog for more information on those when the time comes. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions, or concerns at help@showcaseidx.com and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible!

Elastic Search & Cloud Application Scaling

Over the past week, we've been working on a backend project to dramatically increase our ability to scale on-demand our Google Cloud Platform application environment (fancy way of saying where we host the Showcase IDX software application).

We completed this project today... yay. The whole point of this necessary work is so that people don't notice anything as we continue to scale our application as we continue to add a lot of new customers. While executing the final piece of this project this morning, we did cause a very brief unintended outage this morning (just 3 minutes). Our bad, we're sorry. We're not going to do that again. 🤦

This being said, on other server or cloud platforms it could have meant significant downtime to switch up environments and move terabytes of live data, so we'll take 3 minutes. Happiness is reliable infrastructure.

MLS Feed Changes and Updates

We have several fixes and improvements going live this week as we continue our data audit of all MLS'. Some of the highlights pushed since the last update:

  • ABOR (Austin) - was tweaked to hide addresses based on the agent's choice of "Property Addresson Internet" -> when the agent chooses "NO", we will now hide the address properly

  • MRED - Open House times should be restored to normal over the next few days. We were able to wrangle the times being off bug and have pushed changes that should start to fill in this morning. We will be tweaking this a bit over the next week to make sure all Open Houses are properly filtered

  • CRMLS - We updated how total bathrooms are mapped to properly account for 3/4 Baths, however we are not going to support the display of 3/4 baths separately as this is the only MLS we support that does this. This change will be slowly rolled out and should apply to all listings within a week.

  • MFR - We are still working to remove all the ghost fields from this feed, but until then we made a few tweaks so that certain True/False fields properly display true or false instead of 1 or 0.

  • HAR (Houston) - Houston fireplace field was tweaked to capture more listings that actually have fireplaces but weren't properly recorded by the agent, so now more listings should show up when searching for Fireplaces.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions on how to improve an MLS feed, please let us know at help@showcaseidx.com and we'll let you know what we can do!

Days Online Sorting Fix

We've fixed the way that the "days online" sort was being interpreted. Long story short, we called it the wrong thing in the drop down, so it was confusing and didn't make a whole lot of sense.

So we built a new sort which accurately sorts the listings in ascending and descending order according to the number of days online.

New Results Sorting Option: Map Center

You can now sort search results from the center of the map, from the center going out, or vice versa. This should be handy for creating hotsheets around a central point on the map, or recommended searches around a listing location.

Map Center Sorting

New Default Search Page Title Setting

We have added a new setting to the SEO Settings page that allows you to set a custom page title to the Default Search Page. We needed to do this to ensure the correct Page Title is displayed on this page. Change it to whatever you want and it will show on this page.

This corrects a byproduct of how we force page titles for the listing detail pages. If you don't update this in the settings, the page title for this page will just be "Search". It's definitely something we recommend updating.

Search Page Title Setting

MLS Feed Changes and Updates

We pushed a few fixes and changes out today to a couple of feeds as we continue our mission to improve the accuracy and integrity of your listing data!

  • MRIS - We moved around the Amenities field and renamed it to "Interior Amenities" to better reflect the values inside. Also renamed the "Interior" field to "More Interior Features" to be less confusing

  • NNEREN - We added some new property type catches for land listings as well as prepared the mapper for the new Condo and Mobile Home fields to make sure those get properly filtered by the search form.

As always, if you notice any issues, have any questions, or want to suggest other fields for your MLS feed, let us know at help@showcaseidx.com and we'll be sure to assist!

New Feature: Leads can now delete their accounts!

With new GDPR rules approaching fast ( see Scott's blog post HERE ), Showcase IDX is making sure we are compliant and transparent. In order to fully comply and ensure your users trust Showcase IDX, we are adding the ability for leads to delete their own accounts through the lead dashboard.

Keep in mind it will still be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep your users informed if their data goes to a 3rd-Party CRM like Liondesk or Followup Boss, and this feature will NOT remove any lead data that has already been routed to your CRM.

The new feature will also send an automatic e-mail to the agent the lead is assigned to, notifying the agent of the deleted account.Screen Shot 2018-05-21 at 4.29.29 PM.png

MLS Feed Changes and Updates

We have a few big fixes going out this week for a variety of markets as we continue to audit and improve our MLS feed data.

  • ABOR - (Austin) recieved a property type overhaul. The weird, squished together property types should be fixed and the normalized property types now visible on all search results. Additionally, we added individual support for the "See Agent" type after requests from agents. This may be removed so please let us know if you like the change!

  • ARMLS - We cleaned up some feature fields in ARMLS, including removing the duplicate Sq Ft field from General Features. We also added the "Project Type" field per customer requests.

See anything we missed? Changes not appearing for you? Any other comments or questions? Let us know at help@showcaseidx.com and we'll be happy to assist!

MLS Feed Changes and Updates

Some minor changes to a few feeds this week; expect even more changes next week!

  • CRMLS - Having issues with getting the Lot Size filter to work? Those should be fixed! With some input from the MLS, we made some slight adjustments to the mapper to better account for the mismatched formats we were getting from the MLS. The Lot Size filter should now work properly.

  • Miami - We've had several requests to have the feature field for "Boat Services" added to the Community Advanced Search filters: this is now done, and by tomorrow morning Miami agents should be able to make hotsheets and search by this field.

Next week we'll be deploying several much needed overhauls to Property Types for a few MLS' that are still suffering from the 2.0 -> 3.0 translation problems. As always, if you notice any issues or problems with your MLS feed, please let us know at help@showcaseidx.com and we'll make sure to take a look!

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