Feature Updates – February 2015

Keep reading below to learn more about these updates that were just released!

  • New Facebook app design
  • Shortcode option for adding Valuation Request forms
  • Search engine friendly “Listing Not Found” pages

New Facebook App Design

iHomefinder Facebook apps now use the same new design we recently introduced with our Responsive IDX. The new Facebook app design will be applied automatically when your Optima Express, OmniPress, or Optima IDX account is set to use the Responsive design option. If you haven’t set up your Facebook apps, visit our Knowledge Base for instructions >>.

Facebook App Example


Shortcode Option for Adding Valuation Request Forms

The Responsive versions of Optima Express & OmniPress now offer a shortcode option for easily adding Valuation Request forms to any page or post:


Optima Express clients will need to update the Optima Express plugin to version 2.5.0 or higher.

Shortcodes are available for adding the complete content of other IDX pages as well. These are listed in the WP Shortcode Selector or visit our Knowledge Base for the complete list >>.

Search Engine Friendly “Listing Not Found” Pages

When a listing is removed from your MLS® System, a “Listing Not Found” page will now return a 404 error. This error is beneficial for your SEO as search engine crawlers will no longer attempt to index the page where the listing information was once found on your site. This happens automatically when using the Responsive versions of Optima Express, OmniPress, and Optima IDX.

Responsive OmniPress – Real Estate IDX Websites

Responsive OmniPress IDXiHomefinder is excited to announce the arrival of Responsive OmniPress – Real Estate IDX sites built in WordPress using responsive themes and IDX.

Create a beautiful, fully responsive real estate website in minutes – a website that’s optimized for viewing on any screen. Provide one great search experience to all users and capture leads whether they’re on a mobile device, a tablet or a laptop.

OmniPress takes the hassle out of setting up a WordPress real estate website: there’s no need to worry about hosting, installing or updating. In a few simple steps you’ll have a beautiful website with integrated IDX – a website that works on any device! View a demo site here or here.

Try it for yourself today – sign up for a free trial – choose your theme and build your Responsive OmniPress site right now.

Existing OmniPress clients can switch to responsive in seconds after logging into their WordPress dashboard and clicking the upgrade notice at the top.

Now in Beta – Responsive IDX for WordPress

We’re happy to announce that the beta version of Optima Express is now available, offering responsive IDX for WordPress sites. Not only does it have a sleek new look, new widgets and shortcodes, this IDX solution is optimized for any device. When paired with a responsive theme, your IDX pages will look great on any device.


Interested in checking it out? Learn more about installing or changing the plugin to the beta responsive mode and see the future of IDX!

More Sold Listings

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We’re including sold listings in more and more regions – and there are more to come!

We recently added sold listings in the following MLS® Systems, allowing consumers to browse sold listings under a separate tab within their property search results:

  • CASandicor
  • CTGreater Fairfield County CMLS
  • MD-DC-VAMetropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS)
  • MNRegional MLS (NorthstarMLS)
  • NCTriangle MLS
  • NH-VTNorthern New England Real Estate Network
  • NVGreater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR)
  • ORRegional MLS
  • WANorthwest MLS

  • Visit our IDX Coverage page for up-to-date coverage and service details for all regions.

    New! Down Payment Assistance

    We’re pleased to announce an option for Down Payment Assistance is now provided in all iHomefinder accounts in MLSs where Down Payment Assistance is available. Click here to view a list of MLSs with support for Down Payment Assistance.


    Provided by Down Payment Resource, this service makes it easy for consumers to inquire about programs sponsored by federal, state and local governments, and other organizations that help new homebuyers fund a down payment. Approximately 5 percent of consumers who click DPR on a Realtor or broker’s IDX website will submit their contact information to learn more about their homeownership opportunities.


    How to Enable or Disable Down Payment Assistance Links

    To enable or disable these links for listings shown on your site, login to your iHomefinder IDX Control Panel and select SETUP. Under Listing Settings, select Property Details where you will find an option for showing or not showing “Down Payment Assistance” links when available.



    New! Site Activity Reports

    You may have noticed your iHomefinder account is now sending you email reports with information about your site activity. If you have not received these new emails yet, you will receive them soon!

    The following activity information is provided in the reports, dependent upon the lead activity on your site.

    Most Active Leads
    Properties Saved
    Email Update Click-Thrus
    Saved Searches
    Total Searches 

    Total Properties Viewed

    Emails are sent daily by default as long as there is new data to show. You’ll find options at the bottom of each email to change your delivery preference to weekly or monthly, or you can unsubscribe to stop receiving these emails.

    You can view these emails on all devices, and links are provided that login to your mobile-friendly account Control Panel, where you can access all lead information in your account. You can also email your most active leads right from the report, without having to login to your Control Panel.






    New! Mobile Control Panel

    Since you’re on the move, we wanted to make it easier for you to access your leads and check out their activity on your website, no matter where you are.

    All you have to do is login to your account Control Panel on your smartphone and see what’s new! While you’re there, be sure to bookmark your Control Panel so your leads will be just a finger tap away.



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    The mobile Control Panel provides access to lead information and activity. You can access the complete set of Control Panel features by logging into your Control Panel using a desktop or laptop computer.

    New Account Control Panel

    We’re very excited to announce the release of our newly redesigned Control Panel which is now available in all accounts.

    We’ve made it easier than ever to manage your leads and see what they’re doing on your site. Plus, you can now manage your leads from any smartphone.

    We think you’ll also find it’s much more intuitive to create saved search pages, add or modify listings, and customize the IDX search settings for your site.





    There’s nothing you need to do in your account. Simply login to your account Control Panel where you will find the new layout and enjoy the new design!

    Please contact our support department if you have any questions about working with your account Control Panel or any other aspects of your account.