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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 fbook-responsive

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_valuation_form] 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.

Service Available for Northeast Georgia Board of REALTORS®

nega iHomefinder IDX products are now available to members of the Northeast Georgia Board of REALTORS® which covers the following counties in GA: Towns, Union, Fannin & Gilmer as well as Clay & Cherokee County in NC. Interested participants in this association can visit our MLS® System information page for more details.

iHomefinder IDX Products Now Available for Nevada County Association of REALTORS® in California

nevcty-broadThe Nevada County Association of REALTORS® is based out of Grass Valley, California and has approximately 700 agent members and 800 property listings. This Association covers the areas of Sierra Nevada and Gold Country, from Grass Valley to Nevada City and Truckee. Interested participants in this association can visit our MLS® System information page for more details.

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. dpa_listing2 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. DPA_CP2  

Optima Social Price drop! Facebook IDX for $9.95/month

We're excited to announce that iHomefinder's IDX for Facebook - Optima Social- is now only $9.95 a month! For this new low price, add MLS Search & Featured Properties to your Facebook page. Generate leads from Facebook - no website required. Sign up before November 1 and the $49 setup fee is waived!

iHomefinder Optima IDX, Optima Express & Optima Social Now Available for Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS®

iHomefinder IDX is now available for members of the Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS® in Tennessee. The Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS® in Tennessee covers cities like Chattanooga, East Ridge, Red Bank, Harrison, Hixson, and Soddy Daisy. Click here for a full list of cities and towns covered by Greater Chattanooga. This Association covers the following counties: Bradley, Catoosa, Dade, Hamilton, Sequatchie and Walker. Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in the state of Tennessee with a population of 167, 674 as of the 2010 census.  This city is located in southeastern Tennessee on two lakes, Chickamauga and Nickajack, which are both part of the Tennessee River. Chattanooga is located about 120 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, about 120 miles southwest of Knoxville, about 135 miles southeast of Nashville and about 148 miles northeast of Birmingham, Alabama. It is a city that sits at the transition between the ridge- and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. Surrounded by various mountains and ridges, the "Scenic City" is Chattanooga's official nickname. Members of the Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS® can benefit from iHomefinder enhancements like the new Interactive Map Search and Facebook Apps. Members can also get started today with Optima IDX for Custom Sites, Optima Express IDX for WordPress or Optima Social. For MLS paperwork information on the Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS®, resellers can email us at resellers@ihomefinder.com with additional questions. Members of this Association can email info@ihomefinder.com or contact your iHomefinder reseller.

Customize Your Property Search & Listings on Facebook

We at iHomefinder know that agents and brokers need to be where the people are; that's why we built our popular Facebook app that brings MLS search and Featured Listings to Facebook pages. It's a feature in Optima IDX and Optima Express packages, and also available as a stand-alone Facebook IDX product: Optima Social. As important as it is for agents and brokers to have a presence on social media sites, it's also necessary for them to maintain their brand. That's why we added the ability to upload a banner image to display within the Facebook pages. Your prospects will be searching on Facebook, but the brand is still yours. Upload any image - if it's over 750 pixels wide, it will be scaled down to fit.

Installing the IDX Facebook app is easy, and the tabs added to your page will display our default Property Search and Featured Listings images. If you want to customize your page further, you can replace these images with your own custom images by signing into your Facebook Business Page and clicking "Edit Page" > "Update Info". Then select "Apps" - choosing "Edit Settings" for the Property Search and Featured Listings apps will allow you to upload a new image to display instead of the default.

iHomefinder Helps Agents Get Leads from Facebook

Real estate agents are told to use social media to reach out to prospects and connections, but converting those prospects into clients can be difficult. iHomefinder's Optima Social - IDX for Facebook - makes it easy for visitors and fans of your Facebook page to become leads, by adding full IDX search with lead capture to your Facebook page. A simple installation process adds Property Search and Featured Listings tabs to your Facebook Business Page. Any Facebook visitor can view your listings or search the MLS right from Facebook. If they see a property that interests them, they can schedule a showing or request more information instantly. You'll receive their contact information via email, but you can also track leads and other activity in your Control Panel. Optima Social brings iHomefinder's leading MLS search and proven lead generation technology to Facebook - and now, to real estate agents without a personal website. Sign up for Optima Social and get IDX for your Facebook page! Facebook Apps are also included with all iHomefinder iSite, Optima IDX and Optima Express packages.