MLS Listing Syndication War Rages

UltimateIDX share their views on the MLS listing syndication war developing between MLS Boards and aggregators such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com in several major markets including Denver’s MetroList and their recent dropping of Diverse Solutions:

If you check almost any major market in Google you will find sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia dominate the majority of the Top 10 slots for all major real estate search phrases.

Many Realtors that are competing for these search engine rankings are unknowingly ...

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It’s Vegas Baby

While our UltimateIDX Clients are aware of our recent move to Las Vegas, Nevada this is the first public announcement of our corporate move.

While Missouri will always be home, Columbia simply did not offer the advantages necessary for our coming expansion efforts.

Las Vegas offers a much larger labor pool of individuals with the necessary skills to become a Member of the UltimateIDX Team. We are now located on minutes from an International Airport making ...

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WordPress Real Estate Plugin Myth

I receive calls and emails daily for a WordPress Real Estate plugin that will magically import data from a MLS database into a WordPress real estate website. That plugin does not exist and never will.

Mission Impossible

There are hundreds of local MLS Boards nationally. Each Board owns and maintains their own data and therefore all have different data fields and formats. So it would be necessary for a developer to develop not 1, but hundreds of plugins. Additionally, most MLS ...

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Real Estate Webmasters Not Worth the Time

Is Real Estate Webmasters Forum Really Worth the Time

From time to time we do check out the Real Estate Webmasters forum just to see if the former Canadian porn webmaster turned Real Estate sales evangelist is slamming UltimateIDX or PREN.

Today I forgot to turn my Fire Fox DoFollow link checker off before I went to the Real Estate Webmasters forum and low an behold I noticed a Member with over ...

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WordPress Menu Creator CSS Examples

WordPress Menu Creator CSS Examples

Below are some examples of CSS styles that can be copied to your style.css file to complete the styling of your WordPress menus. Be sure to edit the Menu #s. Colors and images can also be edited to match your website theme.

CSS Example #1

Our first example can be seen at www.RELV.com. Both the Top Menu (within the header.php) and the Main Menu (within the sidebar.php) use our WordPress Menu Creator.

You can change save and change ...

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Real Estate Webmasters Lies

More Real Estate Webmasters Lies

I heard from a client that Morgan Carey was up to his old tricks again slamming anyone that competes with him. So I went a looked and sure enough, he has an imaginary Member (melissayost – 2 Posts) slamming the UltimateIDX.

The truth of the matter is that we have never served Casa Grande, AZ or any other MLS market in Arizona for that matter. But the truth has NEVER impeded Morgan Carey on any front especially ...

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DoFollow Real Estate Blogs

Background:
A couple of years ago Google devaluated (and in some instances penalized for) reciprocal link exchanges by Real Estate sites and God Bless them for doing so. If we are all going to be honest the whole idea of exchanging a link with a REALTOR in another city or state was nothing less than a blatant attempt to manipulate the SERPs. And it worked for years.

I personally spent endless hours soliciting reciprocal link exchanges and ...

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Content is Still King

It seems as though all new Clients for the UltimateIDX™ all want to know short cuts for ranking well in the three major search engines. The simple truth is there are no short cuts. It takes many months of hard work and dedication to rank well in Google, Yahoo and MSN.

With Search Engine Optimization practices over the past decade I have seen many fads come and go however the only real constant has been good and fresh content. Without fresh ...

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Real Estate Leads

While industry experts may vary on the percentages of real estate transactions that begin on the Internet from 70-84% none of them will disagree with the importance of capturing and managing real estate leads. This was the driving force that moved the founders of UltimateIDX™ to create our system. Our founders are REALTORS® and we understand the importance of real estate leads. Let’s face it, the days of a real estate Brokerage’s ability to survive on “walk-in” traffic alone is ...

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Outlook Email Accounts Settings

This is a step-by-step specific guide for how to set up an email account in Microsoft Outlook 2003 for cPanel on an Apache server. Although the screen shots and steps are specifically for MS Outlook 2003, this process may work for other Outlook versions.

Step 1

  • Open Outlook
  • On Menu Click “Tools”> then “Email Accounts”

 

Step 2

a) Check the Radio Button “Add a new e-mail account”>
b) Then click “Next”>

 

Step 3

a) Check the Radio Button “POP3”>
b) Then click “Next”>

 

Step 4

a) Under “User Information” ...

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Tough Times Ahead For Real Estate Agents

I am constantly hit with questions about when I think the real estate market will rebound from Real Estate Agents all across our Nation. The short answer is “No Time Soon!”

Before the real estate industry can begin a recovery we must first hit bottom and unfortunately I feel we are far from that yet. The housing market is not only suffering from the subprime lending fiasco it is currently driven by nothing less than fear and lack of confidence.

Public perception ...

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Home Foreclosure Bailout

I have spent a lot of time in other forums and blogs writing about the foreclosure crisis that everyone in the real estate industry is currently suffering from. I am beginning to truly believe that most American’s simply do not fully understand how severe the foreclosure crisis really is. Even long time colleagues of mine that have been in the industry for decades are under the impression there is a massive government bailout on the horizon.

The truth is there will ...

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A New Real Estate Community

The Brokers Edge was intended to be a completely a different type of Real Estate Community and portal. Unfortunately, owners of UltimateIDX™ and The Brokers Edge formally split the Company into two distinct entities and completion of the real estate portal at TBE was halted.

This has not deterred UltimateIDX, Inc. CEO Rhonda McMillan from her aspirations to create a “one-stop” shop for REALTORS®. Rhonda plans on launching Agent Blogs and our Real Estate Forums in the spring of 2009.

The major ...

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