How to Get Started

Back to the Blog Posted on May 9, 2015 by Cody Reichert

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!

Step 1: Activate a RETS feed with your MLS

This is necessary before creating an app.

To set up a SimplyRETS App, you will need a RETS feed set up at one or more MLS’s. Getting that set up usually only takes a day or two, if you don’t already have it. Contact your MLS for specific instructions on how to get set up with a RETS/IDX feed. They can guide you through the process.

Each MLS has different requirements about setting up a RETS feed, and how to use the RETS feed - please contact them for for specific inquiries. Our faq answers more questions on this.

Once you have RETS Credentials, you’re good to go! That’s the only prerequisite for setting up an app with SimplyRETS. Your MLS, or Association of Realtors, will send you a few things:

  • RETS Login URL
  • RETS Username
  • RETS Password

You will need these pieces of information when creating an app at Step 2.

If you already have RETS Credentials, even better! Just put them in the form when you’re creating your app and the rest is taken care of.

OK, we’ve got step one down! On to number two..

Step 2: Create an App

The second step is to create your app. This gives us all the information we need to get you set up with live listings in the API or WordPress plugin.

First, make sure you have created an account:

Create an App

At SimplyRETS, an “app” is simply one of our many services (WordPress IDX, RETS API, or Market Analytics). This step only asks for a few pieces of information:

  • The domain name where your app will live (something like: There is an options “sandbox” URL, where you can develop the app or website.

  • RETS Credentials. This is what you received from the MLS in Step 1. You can add multiple RETS feeds to any single app, if you work in multiple areas.

  • Select a Payment Plan. You can view all of our available plans here).

  • Payment information. We will charge your card only when your new app is ready to go and has passed our Quality Assurance Test.

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Step 3: Start developing your website or application

Here come’s the fun part. We have everything we need and you’re ready to start developing the best real estate website out there!

When previous step is complete, we’ll start replicating your listings, replicating the photos for those listings, setting up your database, and generating the keys to your new feed! That usually takes about 48 hours.

When the SimplyRETS app is ready, you’ll get an email and you can log in to your account to get your new API credentials…that’s it!

With those API credentials, you can either plug them into the Wordpress plugin or get started with our API.

For any help or assitance at this point - you can reach out to our support team at: We’re happy to help get you going!

– Cody @ SimplyRETS

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