Specific question about real estate websites for a widget project
Hello! I'm researching a request to build something similar to Zillow for Duda, but with less features, and as a widget. I'm trying to understand where folks source their real estate listing data and what types of data/information are available from those sources and how beneficial this type of project would be.
In terms of related tools, I know IDX is a big one, but I'm trying to avoid it as I've heard it's expensive and hard to work with. If anyone has an example of IDX or another real estate API/provider on a Duda site w/ a searchable map that looks nice and that can display filtered results, that might be sufficient and I will point to that solution provider instead of building one.
When I look at MLS listing APIs they seem to be extremely expensive and not oriented towards small shops. Here are some of my questions:
- Do any clients simply curate their own real estate data with a spreadsheet/database and/or a script to scrape other sites?
- Would it be beneficial to bring in things like local landmarks, school locations, etc with an API that provides that data and maps it?
- Would an associated monthly cost for that type of API be out of the question? (They require a fee per request) or a model where you get billed every X requests a flat rate?
- Do clients have massive geographies, or tend to be in one metro area?
- If you already have a listing site, how many visits do you get on your listing page per month on some of your heavier traffic sites?
- Is there a huge benefit to having a map for searching property listings, in your opinion?