Goodbye, IDX

IDX. Internet Data Exchange. For those not actively involved in real estate, that means (pretty much) “showing homes for sale on a broker website.”

Now, I recommend searching for homes in Charlottesville at the Nest Realty site. I could be convinced to keep the search here on this blog if enough folks ask.

Years ago, having a “search for homes” feature on a site was a differentiator. I found what I believed (and still believe) to be the best out there, Diverse Solutions, and installed it here. That was in November 2008.

A lot’s changed since 2008: Zillow to name one (they bought Diverse Solutions) and we started Nest Realty and we’ve won awards for our home search features (and we’re just getting better!)

Short story: having “search for homes” here is no longer that useful. Or cool. Or, from my perspective, profitable.  I know I’ve broken links here, and I know there are unintended consequences. Such is life.


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  1. jfd118 December 20, 2015 at 16:25

    Jim, I used the search on this blog quite frequently. Is the alternative to use Nest search sevices?

    1. Jim Duncan December 21, 2015 at 07:48

      Correct. Nest has full access to the MLS feed (unlike Zillow) and will have the same accuracy as my site.

      I could no longer justify the annual expense to provide the search here …

      1. jfd118 December 21, 2015 at 08:08

        I understand that. Thanks for letting us know.


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