Do you support Commercial data?

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In short, yes we do! But not in every market.

It often entirely depends on the data from the MLS and/or vendor and if they include it in an IDX feed.

Generally speaking, any RESO WebAPI feed that we tap into, that supports commercial data, we will pull it in for display on your website.

For RETS feeds, however, it is a much more difficult process to pull in commercial data. Often, the data is stored in a separate table and can take weeks to get it working. Since MLSs are continuing to deprecate their RETS feeds for WebAPI, we've made a decision to not add commercial data for any RETS feeds and only support them where available in WebAPI. We do have commercial data for a small set of RETS feeds today that we onboarded a long time ago and these are an exception.


What commercial types are there?

Showcase IDX specifically has a Commercial property type that a search can be filtered by. Commercial data could also be displayed as Land, Farm, Business Opportunity and Multi-family depending on your strategy! 


There may be other property types as well, such as Medical, Industrial, Retail, Office, Bed/Breakfast, etc. These MLS specific unique types will display as one of the RESO property types.


How do these listings show up on site?

Listings will display as "Commercial For Sale" or "Commercial For Rent", both on a listing preview and the full listing detail page. This would also be true for the other types as well!

It should be noted that an IDX search is more geared towards residential search. Features you will find in the search are clearly based around searching for residential property types such as waterfront, single story only, pets allowed, association fees, etc. 





Due to the nature of the residential search functionality, and the fact that commercial types do not support specific data fields, you will find that some feature displays either do not show up, or are left blank. This would be fields such as beds and baths (total, full and partial) and HOA fees specifically. These may appear as blank, 0 or display N/A. In some cases, you can use CSS to hide specific fields but you cannot target this based on property type. Think of it as "all or nothing".

How should I use commercial data on my site?

Commercial Websites

If you specialize in commercial real estate, you may decide to create a website that only displays commercial data. There are some agents using Showcase IDX who have found great success using our search to power their commercial websites which co-mingles commercial, land, acreage & farm and multi-family property types. 

If you're taking this route, you can navigate to the settings area in your agent admin, find the search settings, and then scroll to the search restrictions area. Here, you can uncheck the residential property types to remove them from the website entirely, as shown below.


Additionally, you could set up individual hotsheets for each of the property types you will be showing and embed these on pages on your website. Hotsheets could be created for properties within different price ranges, for sale or for lease, or with different amenities. It would work very similar to how a residential website would set up hotsheets.

Residential Websites

Alternatively, if you only sell commercial real estate sometimes, and your main focus is on residential real estate, then you may opt for a dedicated commercial page on your residential website for those interested in such properties.

If you're taking this route, you would simply only use hotsheets. Filter them by the property type, and any other additional filters and create a page or section on your website to display these.

Of course, the data would need to be available in order to create such advertising. You can check the MLS coverage page for your MLS to see if Commercial data is currently available.