Yes, we're still wild about widgets for Real Estate Agents. We have two more options to enhance your iHomefinder IDX or real estate website.  Both of these options are through Yelp.  If you are not already familiar with Yelp, it's a great way for consumers (e.g. home buyers and sellers) to both find local businesses and share their experiences with local businesses through ratings and reviews.  To learn more, here are 10 Things You Should Know About Yelp. Yelp has two widgets that you can use to dress up your website or IDX.  If you are on Yelp already, and have a great ratings and reviews that you'd like to showcase on your website, you can create a Yelp Business Widget.  Here's an example of a restaurant in San Francisco that has placed the business widget right on their homepage.  Click here for a site using this widget or see below two examples of this widget.   If you would like to set up a business widget, you'll need to go to Yelp for Business Owners and follow the instructions for generating the code for the widgets we've displayed above. If you don't yet have a business rating that you'd like to post on your site, you can demonstrate your intimate knowledge of the local area by showing off all the reviews you've made for local businesses like restaurants, other real estate related businesses, or other neighborhood services and amenities that are important for families moving into a new neighborhood.  You can do this with the Yelp Bling widget.  Share with your clients or prospects what businesses are great or not so great in your area.  They'll appreciate it and see that you have your pulse on what's happening in the neighborhood. How to create the above Yelp Bling widget. 1. First login to Yelp 2. Then, go to Yelp Bling 3. Choose the color scheme, copy the code and input into the Widget Text section of iHomefinder IDX or your website.  See below for the custom html widget section of the iHomefinder system. Have you been staying up to date on our other Widget Spotlight posts?  If not, click on: Twitter, Facebook, or Altos Research to see how to add these great widgets to your site. Have a fantastic weekend!  
We're back with another widget for you.  This time it's Twitter!

If you also keep clients and business associates up to date on Twitter, you may want to tie in this widget to your website as well.  From any Twitter page, click on Resources -----> Widgets -----> My Website.  Select your widget of choice (e.g. Profile Widget) and type in your Twitter username.  Click 'Finish & Grab Code.'  Then copy and past your code into the iHomefinder HTML widget form (see below) or into the desired location on your website/website builder.

If you haven't already, check out our blog posts on Altos Research and Facebook widgets, and get them up and running on your site today!
Our last post on widgets showed you how to create an Altos Research custom widget in Optima 950.  Now we'd like to show you how to create a Facebook Badge using the same custom HTML sidebar widget. Creating a Facebook Badge is another great way to help clients and prospects find you on Facebook and stay connected to you and your expertise. First, go to Facebook Badges and select the Badge that you would like to display on your site.  Note: you'll need to log in to Facebook to access the code for the widget.  For this example, we selected a Pages Badge.  Then, clicked on button labeled Other, which will display a thin rectangular box with code for your Facebook Badge.  Copy the code and paste it into your website or sidebar widget within Optima 950. Here's the screen within Optima 950 where you'll want to paste your Facebook Badge code. Once you paste your code and save, you'll have a nice looking Facebook Badge on your IDX page or website similar to the image below.

More widget examples and other tips for your real estate websites in future posts.  Have a great weekend!

We’ve been thinking quite a bit about widgets recently.  With the release of Optima IDX in 950 pixel-wide format, we’ve added a whole array of great sidebar widgets to our platform. A widget is a small piece of software code that you can easily place on a page of your website. Generally, they display interesting content from other sites or other portions of your own site.  Widgets are an excellent way to quickly add new content to your site, engage your visitors, and make your content more shareable. If you are just getting started with widgets, here is one you can use with our new custom HTML widget and should consider using on your real estate website. Market Trends Charts:  Altos Research, a real estate data firm, offers free market trends chart widgets that you can place on your website. To create your widget, go to Altos Charts and click the TRY IT NOW button at the bottom of the page. Then, select your favorite city, choose your stats, and simply copy the provided HTML. Next, login to your iHomefinder Control Panel, go to Account Setup -> Design/Branding Setup ->  Widgets. Select the IDX page on which you wish to place the widget, and then drag the “Custom HTML” block to the Selected Widgets area.

Click the little down arrow, paste the HTML you just copied, and click Save.  That's it!  You’ll now have a nice market trends widget on your chosen page.

These is only one great example of an HTML widget that you can easily pop into your iHomefinder Optima IDX pages.  If you need help, contact us at In addition to custom HTML, we’ve added a bunch of other great widgets to Optima IDX, including featured property galleries, hot sheet galleries, contact forms and more. We’ll cover these and other custom HTML widgets in future posts.