This article will walk you through the process of filtering your MLS listings on your National Association of REALTORS® Edition Placester site.
Narrowing Down your Listings
Once your IDX integration is complete, all of the listings from your entire MLS will appear on your site. Many users have certain areas within the MLS that they’d like to focus on. Or, they might be limiting their sales to certain property types or prices.
You can narrow down the listings to be displayed across your entire site under the Global Filters tab within Site Settings.
Site Settings > Global Filters
To execute these changes, follow the provided visual steps below.
Global Filters Slide Out
Within the Global Filters slide out, you’ll see three tabs, which will allow you to set the search criteria that will find just the listings that you'd like to filter down to on your site. You can choose between:
- Displaying all listings on your site
- Filtering your listings to automatically update based on search criteria you save (recommended)
- Manually selecting specific listings to narrow the site down to
By default, the global filters will be set to display all of the listings on your site.
The Filtered Listings tab will allow you to add criteria for your site to automatically search through your MLS and display only those listings that match your criteria.
To start adding filters to search by, click the dropdown menu next to Add Search Criteria. Let's say you wanted to filter by zip code. Scroll down the list to the Location section and select Zip, then click Add.
This will create a field in to which you can start typing your zip code(s). When you start typing, you'll see some suggestions. Keep typing until you see the zip you want to filter by and click on it in the suggestion box. Repeat this step as many times as necessary, then click Search. Once the search is complete, the Search Results box will display only listings from the zip(s) specified.
Once you've added all the criteria you want, scroll to the bottom of the pane and click Save to apply your filters to your site.
Adding Multiple Filters
Add as many filters as you’d like in the same way by selecting the appropriate filter category from the "Add Search Criteria" drop down. Once they’ve all been added, click Search to see your results.
You can add a combination of different types of filters. See the example below, where the site is narrowed down to a few zip codes, with a maximum of 3 beds, minimum of 1 bath and a maximum price of $800,000. This has narrowed the total number of listings down to 214 listings after clicking Search.
The Filtered Listings tab uses an automatic process to update, so every time a new listing in the MLS matches the criteria you set, it will be added to the search results on your site.
The Specific Listings tab gives you the opportunity to manually search for listings and add them to your site. The search options are the same as on the Filtered Listings tab, but the selection process is different. Once you've added all the search criteria you want, you need to select a listing from the Search Results box and click Add to add it the Selected listings box; these listings will be the ones that appear on your site.
Once you've selected the listings you want to display on your site, click Save. If you want to remove a listing, select it in the Selected Listings box and click Remove.
Pro tip: multi-select by holding down the command key (on Mac) or control key (on PC) while clicking individual listings.
This method requires you to manually add new listings from the MLS every time you want them to appear on your site, so you just repeat the steps above and look through the pages of found listings to add the new ones.
For location filters, the most specific ones will override the more general ones. For example, let's say I added two city filters: Boston and Cambridge. If I then decide to add filters for neighborhoods that are just within Boston, such as Back Bay and Beacon Hill, the city of Cambridge will no longer be featured anywhere on the site since the neighborhood filters are more specific and have narrowed the site down to only the city that includes those neighborhoods, which is Boston.
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