SimplyRETS Blog

Open House Tips: Preparing Your Home for the Big Day

by Suzie Wilson April 24, 2018

This is a guest post by Suzie Wilson from Happier Home.

Preparing your home for an Open House

If you are trying to sell your home, throwing an open house is a great way to create interest and possibly even get the bids coming in. The key to throwing a successful open house is creating a welcoming environment. The more you do to make the place feel like home, the more other people will want to make it their own.

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How we use Assertible to test the SimplyRETS API and website

by Christopher Reichert June 3, 2017

Assertible logo

Behind the scenes at SimplyRETS, we focus a lot of our effort on testing to make sure our API, website, and other web services are always functioning properly. Our infrastructure relies heavily on continuously testing at each step of the development process. One of the tools we rely on the most is Assertible, a tool for testing and monitoring APIs and websites. We use Assertible to monitor and continuously test our API, website, blog, and any other web services in our infrastructure.

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Listings API Tips and Tricks

by Christopher Reichert December 3, 2015

Code and Coffee w/ SimplyRETS

At SimplyRETS, we try our best to make using our API and services a simple and pleasurable experience. This article describes some simple tips geared towards maximizing the stability and performance of your SimplyRETS application.

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Building Interactive Maps

by Christopher Reichert November 30, 2015

Map real estate search apps are a great way to enhance web app functionality and user-engagement. They can be significantly more user-friendly to use for real estate listing search utilities than standard html forms. Many features in the SimplyRETS API are built with this specific use-case in mind.

For the uninitiated, SimplyRETS leverages your RETS feed to offer tools and services for developing beautiful real estate software using your listing and open house data. Our services are designed to be simple and effective for any developer to use productively.

In this tutorial, I’ll outline how to build a simple map-based search app using the SimplyRETS API. If you want to skip to the code or follow along with a complete sample, you can use our Github Examples Repo.

We’ve prepared a live demo with the code from this tutorial here.

SimplyRETS Search Map Control

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The RESO Data Dictionary

by Cody Reichert September 1, 2015

The Data Dictionary was created by RESO to standardize data names within RETS Real Estate Data. SimplyRETS uses the Data Dictionary as the basis to normalize all of the data in our API to get the highest compatibility level between MLS data feeds.

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How to Get Started

by Cody Reichert May 9, 2015

When you’re ready to build a new website with SimplyRETS, we try to make the process as simple as possible. There are a few things you’ll need to know about how it works, but we break it down into three easy steps to make everything as simple as possible:

  1. Getting RETS Credentials from your MLS
  2. Creating an app with SimplyRETS
  3. Start building your website or application

Not so bad, right? So let’s go through these!

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Pagination with the SimplyRETS API

by Cody Reichert April 16, 2015

When building real estate websites and applications with the SimplyRETS API, our built in pagination will allow you to easily create “pages” of listings. There are a couple different methods for creating pagination links - below is a short tutorial on how that can be accomplished.

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Wordpress Plugin Map Views

by Cody Reichert April 7, 2015

Today, I’m excited to announce the v1.3.4 release of our Wordpress plugin which has all new integration with Google Maps to give your visitors a better Real Estate property search experience.

RETS Search Map

SimplyRETS believes in making IDX and RETS searches better and easier to user. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve both our Wordpress Plugin and our API in this regard.

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SimplyRETS Adds Fast-Track Support for 8 More MLS’s Across US and Canada

by Cody Reichert April 7, 2015

SimplyRETS Fast Track Map

At SimplyRETS, we’ve been working diligently on giving brokerages and developers an easier way to build apps and websites using Real Estate listing data. We’re excited to announce that over the last 4 weeks, we’ve added fast track support for 8 new Real Estate Associations:

  • Houston Association of Realtors (HAR)
  • My Florida Regional MLS (MFR MLS)
  • Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB)
  • Kitchengton-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR)
  • Massachusetts MLS Property Info Network (MLSPIN)
  • Southeast Florida MLS (SEF MLS)
  • Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR)
  • Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors (SCCBAR)

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Hello, SimplyRETS!

by Christopher Reichert April 4, 2015

SimplyRETS, Inc.

Welcome to the SimplyRETS Blog! SimplyRETS is a service which connects to your RETS/IDX feed to offer a vastly simplified and modern REST API. We are helping developers building real estate software save time and money so they can focus on what’s importand; innovation. SimplyRETS makes it easy for developers with little or no experience in real estate data to get started quickly.

Our Goals

  • Offer a simplified, modern, and familiar API (Application Programming Interface) to developers which will help them iterate quickly on real estate software.

  • Allow agents unbranded access to their data. We don’t require our feeds to carry any SimplyRETS branding. Of course, your data is still subject to MLS rules. However, SimplyRETS wants to enhance and promote business applications built around lead generation.

  • Help developers and agents save time by not worrying about MLS compliance issues. We prioritize accurate and up-to-date data feeds. We also work with developers to make sure their application or website remains compliant with little to no maintenance or upkeep.

  • Build on a strong core data service, influenced by the RESO Data Dictionary. This core data model makes it possible for apps to interface with multiple MLS vendors out-of-the-box. This workflow is baked directly into our API and does not carry any extra recurring charges.

  • Distribute more free and open material for developers and agents to learn about their real estate data and how it works. All the code on our Github is free and open-source. We will also be working on tutorials, examples, and how-to’s to promote more innovative real estate development.

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