Internet Data Exchange Now Available for Cedar City REALTORS® By Sam Dodd

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The Iron County Board of Realtors is now IDX compatible. This means home buyers and sellers can now search area listings from multiple websites.

Cedar City Board of Realtors has updated its listing system and is now IDX compatible. IDX stands for Internet Data Exchange which now will allow agents to post information from the Multiple Listing Service on their individual websites. This is important to the consumer because it allows cooperating agents from different offices to post listings from any office on their website. This helps you, the consumer, to sell your house faster or find that perfect house to buy.

IDX allows you, as a buyer or seller, to visit a participating member’s website to view the majority of the listings for the area. Previously, agents could only advertise their own or their office’s listings. Now, a participating agent can advertise all the listings available in the area that other IDX compatible offices have listed. This makes it easy for you, the consumer, to find the information you are looking for without having to check each individual’s website. So the next time you want to either research homes for sale or find homes for sale, all you need to do is visit a participating agents website, and search the IDX for “Cedar City Homes” or whatever term is appropriate for your needs.

Some offices have opted out of this service, because they believe that big companies will steal there clients and leads. The Cedar City Board of Realtors however believes that this change is in the best interest of the consumer, but has taken measures to address issues presented by some of these offices.

As a seller, I would be inclined to choose an agent that has the ability to list your property with a real estate company that is a participating member of the IDX. The reason for this as instead of only having one agent selling your property, all participating agents are now advertising your home through their website. This gives the seller exponential exposure in their quest to sell their home for the most money in the shortest period of time. This is free advertising for you and according to the National Association of Realtors, 80% of home buyers start their search for a home on the internet BEFORE they contact a real estate agent.

Agents that do not participate in the IDX and those that list with them are at a huge disadvantage. This is why Prudential Cedar City has pushed for the IDX system to be implemented and have chosen to join with the other cooperating offices in signing up and fully supporting this service. We feel that what is best for our clients is also best for us.    

If you would like to search for homes, land, condos or any other type of property for sale in Iron and Beaver Counties, give this new service a try. Visit us at http://www.cedarcityonline.com and see how this new service will allow you to find the perfect piece of real estate.

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