Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS - New Upgrades and New Features - Sold Data, Commercial Data and Open House

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We're happy to announce that we have added five major enhancements. Three new add-ons related to additional data types and two are enhancements related to new search and display functionality.

  1. $45.00 / month optional feature - All Sold data.
  2. $50.00 / month optional feature - Data for commercial sales and commercial lease
  3. $25.00 / month optional feature -  Sold data for commercial sales only, Only available if you only show commercial data on your site.
  4. Included with your monthly service - Open house search and display
  5. Included with your monthly service - Search by sold date (included with sold data)

Here is more detail about these five major enhancements:

  1. Sold data for non-commercial classes (Residential, Land, and Multifamily)

    We maintain 5-6 years of sold data, approximately 83,000 sold properties, which is 7.5 times more than non-sold. Since each property can have up to 60 images, this is potentially 5,000,000 images. Currently, CTAR hosts the property images, but if this should change, the cost may increase about $15.00-$20.00 per month. There are real costs in managing and storing this data so there is an additional charge for those clients who wish to have sold data on their website. This cost helps us maintain the data as well as create and manage specific features for such data.

    A Little History:

    CTAR determines the structure of the IDX data feed for all of its vendors. The sold data for Residential, Land and Multifamily is in separate classes. For example, just like residential and land are different classes, residential active and residential sold are also in different classes. This is cumbersome, confusing and limiting.

    What’s New:

    We are proud to announce that we have re-structured the sold data and merged it with the corresponding property class. For example, residential active is now in the same class as residential sold. This creates a more consistent user interface for searching sold properties, which greatly improves the usability and ease of use for your website visitors. With the addition of sold data to your website, familiar statuses such as active, contingent and pending can have a new status of sold.

    1. Sold data no longer is in a separate class. Instead, it is organized logically as separate statuses.
    2. Favorited properties will now send email alerts when a property has sold
    3. Improvements to the property detail view. See item #5 “Search by sold date (included with sold data)” below.

    Upgrade Form - Fill this out if you wish to add Sold data for non-commercial classes to your site.

    If your site already has sold data for classes and you wish to continue with it using the newly re-structured format, you do not need to do anything as we will simply add the cost to your next bill starting August 1, 2017. We plan to update all invoices on July 21, 2017.

  2. Data for commercial Sales and Commercial Lease

    A Little History:

    The commercial class portion of IDX data is a completely separate data feed, and CTAR treats this feed differently. We access this data using a different system and merge it with the main data set. Only licensed commercial REALTORS® are permitted to display commercial data on their website and CTAR holds us responsible for enforcing this.

    What’s New:

    1. Updated/added all available fields
    2. Improvements to image ordering logic
    3. Improvements to the property detail view. See item #5 „Search by sold date (included with sold data)„ below.

    Upgrade Form - Fill out this form if you are commercially licensed, have paid CTAR for access to commercial IDX data, and wish to add the data for commercial sales and commercial Lease on your website.

  3. Sold data for Commercial Sales

    What’s New:

    We are proud to announce that we have added sold data for commercial sales.
    1. Favorited properties will now send email alerts when a property has sold
    2. Improvements to image ordering logic
    3. Improvements to the property detail view. See item #5 „Search by sold date (included with sold data)„ below.

    Upgrade Form - Fill out this form if you wish to add sold data for commercial sales to your website.

  4. Open house search and display (included with monthly maintenance service)

    A Little History:

    Open house information is entered using your MLS software (FlexMLS).

    What’s New:

    1. Open house is now a searchable property feature. You will have to enable this new field in the back-end in order for it to appear on the search form. This 3 minute knowledgebase video shows how to customize property features on the search form.
    2. An open house banner showing the date and time appears on the property summary page and the property detail page. Also, all the open house info displays in the property feature section for every property that has an upcoming open house. When available, this includes start date/time, end date/time and agent’s public open house comments.
    3. Since open house is now a searchable field, landing pages that show only open houses can be created. For example, to only show properties with an open house, append the following parameter (without quotes) to the query string "/openhouse_yn:yes".
    4. To show open houses today, append the following parameter (without quotes) to the query string "/openhouse:1". To show all open houses in the next 7 days, use "/openhouse:7"
  5. Search by sold date (included with sold data)

    What’s New:

    1. Sold date is now a searchable property feature. You will have to enable this new field in the back-end in order for it to appear on the search form. This 3 minute knowledgebase video shows how to customize property features on the search form.
    2. Sold data displays in the property feature section for every property that has been sold. When available, this includes listing date, sold date, approximate days on market, how long ago it was sold, asking price, sold price and the difference between the asking price and the sold price.
    3. Since sold date is now a searchable field, landing pages that show only sold properties can be created. For example, to only show properties sold in the last 1 days, append the following parameter (without quotes) to the query string "/solddate:1". This will show properties sold today and yesterday. To show all sold properties in the last 7 days, use "/solddate:7"