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Major Upgrade to Version 3.8 For Better Realtor® Websites2012-08-13T23:56:16+00:00

We have one of the most exciting upgrades for BRIXWORK {real estate} in weeks that released over the past week or so. This upgrade is an interesting one in the sense that many of the change are mostly not visible on the surface, so here’s a brief recap of what’s been done under-the-hood.

Massive Speed Improvements On The MLS® Reciprocity Module

4X The Sync Frequency

One of our greatest strengths is our incredibly flexible and deeply integrated MLS® Reciprocity module. Our industry-leading system has gone through another major upgrade; speed. Exchanging massive amount of data between different servers is not only challenging from a technical perspective, but also a heavy load for web servers to handle. We’ve made some incredible data & code optimization in order to speed up the data sync process. The amount of time & memory resources consumed has been cut down to less than 1/3 of what it previously was.

What does this mean for your website & usability?

1 – New Listings Delivered Quicker

We used to synchronize your MLS® listings data once a day. We are now boosting that up to 4 times a day. Our mothership server checks for new listings for the day up to 4 times a day so that your visitors can see the brand new listings faster, and you can offer showings ahead of the other agents.

2 – Cost Savings Passed On To You

This upgrade also allows our servers to handle more Realtor® website accounts without over-burdening it, which reduces our overhead. Less price increases, more focus on website quality that really makes the difference for your marketing means a win-win for both our development team as well as our real estate agents that we service.



Select Which Cities to Show On Your Site

Niche definition for real estate agents is important. Our previous MLS® search module included all cities & subareas that were part of your local real estate board’s jurisdiction. We now offer a way to select which cities to show & hide. This will affect the MLS® search form that your customers see on the front-end.

Simply navigate towards the “Areas” tab on your admin panel, and then you an use the dropdown menu beside each city name to toggle that city between show/hidden.



Listings Grouped by Apartment Complexes (Beta)

Our listing retrieval module now is equipped with filter systems to display listings that belong to a certain condo/townhome complex. While this module is still in its beta mode with some glitches to fix, it works well on condominiums. You can see examples of this running on Whistler Realtor Denise Brown’s featured condo buildings page.

Currently In Beta Stage

At this moment we are displaying featured buildings on a separate page, linking to a listing gallery page that shows all the listings (including your own past sales, if any). Eventually, we will include more flexible options for your customers to be able to easily browse through listings in buildings. For example, when viewing a specific apartment unit page, the customers will have the option to “see more listings in this building”. That’s planned for the near future.

Cost/Timeframe To Upgrade

This is not a simple complimentary upgrade – it is a more complex module that requires a fair amount of custom coding on the front-end to fully integrate into your existing website system. If you wish to have your own “featured buildings” page set up, please send an inquiry through our support desk and we will provide you with a custom quote.



Email/Contact Forms Upgraded To Set Mandatory Fields

Our email/contact forms (generally included on your contact page, as well as on each listing detail page) are now upgraded – certain fields (such as name/email/phone) can be mandatory fields. This means that if somebody attempts to hit the “send” button before those fields are filled out, the form will return an error message asking them to complete the mandatory fields.

Why wasn’t this enabled before?

We didn’t enable this forced form fields concept in order to relieve the pressure on users to give out contact information. Studies have shown that more mandatory fields (especially contact info) on web-based forms reduces the likelihood of the users filling out the form. While the intention was great, it back-fired because some leads were coming in without any phone numbers or emails filled in. While we suspect these incomplete submissions were spam attempts (or our competitors testing our system to copy certain features), based on our customer’s requests, we can offer certain fields to be mandatory.

This is not an automatic upgrade

Some of our clients prefer to not set any fields to be mandatory, so this upgrade is not automatically propagated. If you wish to turn certain fields of your contact form to become mandatory fields, please send us a request through our support desk and we’ll make it happen. There is no charge for this modification for monthly subscribers.


BRIXWORK Version 3.7.23 released2012-05-15T15:07:42+00:00

Last night saw the release of version 3.7.23 for BRIXWORK {real estate} – the Realtor® website platform to move you forward! This is not a major upgrade, but important nonetheless.

A few bugs were caught & squashed, some user interface elements were updated and such. But the most important upgrade comes from the property fetching module. Some of the upgrades were courtesy of feedback from one of our loyal clients, Tyler Volker of West Vancouver.

New Listing flags for MLS® listings

Automated "Just Listed" or "New Listing" flags make browsing easier

Property Retrieval Module Upgrades

Our property display module has been going through some major upgrades, especially since the inception of the MLS Reciprocity integration we completed in 2011. “Completed” is a strange word in the world of software development, as it’s never really “complete”, but rather, a “phase” has been struck, with more improvements to come. Here’s what we improved on the property retrieval module:

  • Speed – we made code optimizations to speed up the retrieval of properties sorted by city & subarea flags.
  • Status remarks – for MLS® fed listings, we updated the remarks so that it automatically displays “New Listing” or “Just Listed” based on the listed date (beta)
  • Ordering & Sorting – for Realtors® who display a hybrid of their own listings as well as MLS® Reciprocity listings, we’ve created a multi-dimensional ordering scheme that gives you more flexibility.

User Interface Upgrades (Admin Panel)

The back-end (Admin panel) used by real estate agents to update & maintain their own sites has been upgraded.

  • Bugs in the resource/links section caught and fixed
  • Menubar on top given more space, the “NEW” badge removed (it’s been a while since our overhaul to version 3 with the new interface, we realized!)
  • Links to the support channel provided in more places for easy access (you can always directly visit for tech support)

Other than that, we made some small display adjustments, type-o fixing and more – nothing too noteworthy, so we’ll keep it short.

BRIXWORK Version 3.7.2 Released with new home search functions2012-05-02T18:07:57+00:00

We have made yet another upgrade to your software, and we are now celebrating the launch of version 3.7.2. The launch of the previous update, 3.7.1, was about a month ago, which introduced the new extended login mechanism, better photo gallery management, and more features.

Flexible Real Estate Listing Sorting Function

One of the most anticipated features that add on to our MLS® Search system was the ability to display the listings by price, square footage etc. Now your website visitors are able to order the listings by listed price, size of the property, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and the listed date – in both ascending and descending order as they wish.

This search/sort function features a very smooth & responsive user interface that leverages jQuery & jQueryUI’s functionality for a rich web experience. The search functions are also mobile friendly – it will show up just fine on iPads, iPhones, Androids & Blackberries.

Better MLS® data exchange

Prior to this update, when our Realtor® clients designate a listing as his/her “OWN” listing, it was no longer affected by the MLS® data feed. This was an inconvenience when there is a listing price drop, or if an incorrect value (such as the square footage of a home) had to be rectified. Now, critical data such as price/sqft/bedroom/bathroom are periodically synced with the MLS® database, regardless of whether it’s your own listing or not – so price drops can be reflected automatically as soon as the MLS® database feeds that change to our BRIXWORK servers. 

“No Image Ready” display fixed

On some clients’ websites, when an image of a property is unavailable, the “NO IMAGE YET” replacement image was not appearing at the proper size. That issue has been rectified.

Other Bug Fixes And Security Updates

There were numerous small bugs & security updates made. One of the issues include the inability to delete certain images from the property gallery – that issue has been resolved.

How to Best Leverage Your Search Functions

Our search function is innovative in the sense that each search generates a fully descriptive URL that contains the data of the search. In plain English, this means you can share the URL of any search result, and the recipients will see the exact results pre-populated, and are able to further manipulate the search from that point on. This means that you can easily share listing search results with clients, and post these results on forums, blogs, social media engines (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn) and your visitors will see exactly what you see!

Search results can be shared easily!

Try an example here: on Yujin’s website, we’ve created a search for Port Moody Townhomes with at least 2 bed/2 bath, ordered by highest price to lowest price. This link can be posted anywhere by copy-pasting the URL in the address bar! Or you can also hit the Tweet/Facebook LIKE/Google+ buttons to share the results instantly to your social networks.

This has several benefits to our Realtor® clients:

  • Maintain full branding of yourself when presenting listing search results
  • Generate more niche-specific traffic to your site, directly to search result pages. People are impatient – give them what they want right away!
  • Increase your position on Google with more listing search results such as this, by posting this URL to your social networks, 3rd party websites/blogs/forums, and more!
A New MLS® Search Form Ready for Realtors’ Websites2017-08-25T05:02:51+00:00

Further to our original Google Maps® based MLS® Search functionality (which is still the pinnacle of property searches, right on a map), we are getting ready to release another way to search the MLS® database. As of this date (Feb 17th 2012) this is only available for the REBGV Realtors®. For the customers who are more inclined to do a simple search of pictures & addresses (with no map), we are releasing a new simple search form.

This search form is innovative, and here’s how we made ours better:

  • Your customers can search multiple sub areas of a city easily (none of that “You have to hold the CTRL key” nonsense!)
  • Your customers can use the drop-down filters to set sqft/price ranges easily.
  • The listing results show large photos with the important data.
  • The search form can be tucked away using our slick drawer widget for a cleaner interface
  • The search results can easily be shared by the URL. Any search will trigger the URL to change to a search-engine-friendly URL, which you can then share on Facebook, Twitter, email – you name it!
MLS Search Form on Jack Ying, North Vancouver Realtor Website

Innovative MLS® Search Form with Drawer Function

The above is an example of it as implemented on Jack Ying’s website (, and the reactions are great so far. It’s easy to use, and it’s quick.

To discover this functionality in more depth, you can visit some sites we’ve installed this on:

To sign up for the best real estate websites available, please contact us now. We have stock templates available, and we also offer amazing custom designed websites!


New Dashboard for BRIXWORK {real estate} Back-End2012-01-11T01:23:25+00:00

Today marks the release of what is the biggest improvement we’ve had for the BRIXWORK {real estate} Dashboard on the back-end. The traditional dashboard had a table on the # of homes listed by client in each city, which was not found to be too helpful anyway. So we decided to give it a major overhaul, especially with some great features integrated from our recent MLS® Integration update!

The New Dashboard Functions

  1.  The new “Featured Home” section allows you to quickly view a drawer of homes you have set as Featured. You can quickly view the property page, or edit it. If it’s part of a condo/townhome complex, you can quickly go to edit the building page.
  2. The MLS® Search function is an easy way to quickly retrieve any listing by its MLS ID (such as V924164) and then generate a listing page on your own website. Use this feature to share fully branded webpages for any listing you want to show to a potential buyer. The standard sheets are hard to read, with too much excess data – why not simplify it digitally?
  3. The BRIXWORK {real estate} blog feed automatically shows you what’s new. Our blog has a ton of great new updates, feature introductions, user tips, technical hints and more, so why miss out on it? This way you can keep up-to-date at all times.
  4. And of course, our Facebook box is embedded – another source of updates to get quick & live information on what’s going on. If there’s any new features being planned, any surveys for our customers, this is where you will see it.

Other Features To Note

The Buildings section
  1. The Buildings section has been changed a lot. When the integration with the MLS database happens, buildings are auto generated (but without the names of the complex, as the MLS® System does not have a field for this).
  2. When you go into the buildings list, to avoid loading a list of over 3,500 buildings in the system, it only loads that of the first city (in the case of Vancouver, it’s Abbotsford). Then you can use the dropdown to zone into different cities, and even type in street numbers & street names (but skip the street types such as “Street”, “AVE”, or “Cres.”) to find a building you want. Then, you can update the name of the building, or attach features to it.
MLS IDs in your homes
  1. If you have the MLS® Integration option added to your system, your website automatically updates the listing inventory once a day. However, there are two types of inventory in your system – those auto-imported from the MLS System, and those that have been put in yourself as a self-loaded listing.
  2. If you wish to (with permission by the listing agent) convert an MLS® provided listing into your own listing and upload high-resolution photos, full description content and other things (remember that our system is much more robust & flexible than the MLS® system when it comes to freedom of content and quality of photos, as well as linking Youtube video tours), you can do that by going to the “Create Home” screen, and entering the MLS® ID into the MLS field, and follow the prompts to convert the listing over.
  3. If you have already loaded a listing of your own (or a fellow agent’s) on your own listing system, then just make sure you have the right MLS# for that listing. Each night when the data import with MLS runs, it will exclude listings that have the same MLS ID on your own system.
Google Maps® Based MLS Search Launched!2011-11-29T06:50:25+00:00

We have successfully completed our initial stages of MLS® Integration for the REBGV (Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver) to bring our Brixwork {real estate} clients the ability to display all the listings available under the REBGV umbrella on their own websites.

Our client, Jack Ying’s North Vancouver Real Estate Website has the first edition of such on it. Here’s a screenshot;

MLS Search using RETS With Google Maps

Google Maps® Based MLS® Search on Brixwork {Real Estate}

An upgrade of the database may be required in order to implement the MLS integration function into your website, and there is also an additional monthly subscription fee required to have this function on your website. Please email us for details on the monthly pricing (lower rates offered to existing clients).

This is not all that is offered – we are underway developing more features & functions revolving around the MLS function. On the list are:

  • List all listings by city & area, as well as filter by property type (condominium, house, townhouse etc.)
  • List all listings from your brokerage office
  • Search by MLS ID directly
Please visit our blog again for more details as we progress.
MLS Reciprocity On Its Way2011-08-18T18:09:13+00:00

Update (late 2011): The Reciprocity system is complete, and BRIXWORK {real estate} offers some of the best MLS Reciprocity based listing search & display mechanisms in the industry.

Google Maps based MLS® Search
Simple MLS® Search Form, and custom targeted listing pages

Brixwork is taking one giant leap forward to serve our customers better. We have been developing an MLS search function that uses a true RETS style data integration with the MLS server. This means that our customers are able to feed all listing data from anything that is publicly offered for sale on the MLS system throughout the REBGV,FVREB,CADREB.

We will offer a state-of-the-art map-based UI for filtering out products, as well as a more generic interface that allows you to to click between cities & subareas to look through what you need.

This will add a great amount of value to our Brixwork for Realtors customers, and their respective clients who are out to buy their next new home.

We are forecasting to have this done by September. We will keep you posted. Also note that a nominal monthly charge will apply for customers who wish to use this system, as the board fees & software development fees are substantial to provide such a service.

September 10, 2018

Launch of Vancouver Island Real Estate (VIREB) MLS Integration

Brixwork is proud to announce that our premium templates and custom designed website services are now extended to the Vancouver Island area. With VIREB (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) and VREB (Victoria Real Estate Board) MLS® Reciprocity, our functional real estate websites are available to real estate agents all across Vancouver Island. 

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Featured Clients, Features & Development

August 7, 2018

Latest Victoria MLS (VREB) MLS Integration Showcase!

Brixwork's premium templates and custom-designed websites can be offered to real estate agents on Vancouver Island! Our real estate websites offer full integration with VREB (Victoria Real Estate Board) and VIREB (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) MLS® Reciprocity (IDX) feeds. View our latest showcase of Victoria MLS Integration from Logan Wilson Victoria Luxury Group.

Written By Jeff Kee | Featured Clients, Features & Development

May 8, 2018

Designed With Purpose – Functional Website Upgrade Showcase For 2018 Q1

Why should a homeowner choose you over another listing agent? Our custom design services are more than just for looks - they convey a specific message to help you stand out from the crowd!

Written By Jeff Kee | Featured Clients

June 26, 2019

Hiring – Production Line Graphic Designer

We are looking for a new graphic designer to join our team in Gastown. You will be taking care of advertisements & stationery design, print media layouts, branding and more.

Written By Jeff Kee | Company Updates

April 9, 2018

Brixwork Version 4.4 Launching With Speed & Function updates

Further to our listings fetch mechanism upgrade, the page fetch upgrade marks another major overhaul to improve our entire system for faster page loads, as well as reduced lags during peak times. Other upgrades for better Mailchimp integration as well as

Written By Jeff Kee | Features & Development

March 2, 2018

SSL Now Available on Brixwork Real Estate Websites!

Real estate websites perform better on Google while offering peace-of-mind for visitors willing to submit their contact information on their websites. Brixwork is happy to offer this add-on service at a nominal monthly cost.

Written By Jeff Kee | Features & Development

January 30, 2018

Angell Hasman & Associates Websites Showcase

With an incomparable volume of luxury sales in West and North Vancouver, Angell Hasman & Associates has established themselves as one of the leading elite brokerages in Vancouver. With this high reputation in mind, we developed some of the most beautiful websites for Angell Hasman as well a number of individual Realtors. Proud to present such an esteemed team, today we are showcasing a broad range of their websites, from templated sites to fully customized masterpieces.

Written By Jeff Kee | Featured Clients

December 29, 2017

Launching New Content Curation & Editing Services

We are excited to unveil a new service category to further help our clients save time, get the most out of their websites, and stand out from the competition. Learn more about our new content curation & editing services, and how our team at Brixwork can help you can add unique, search engine aware content to your website.

Written By Jeff Kee | Search Engine Optimization

December 15, 2017

Holiday Closures & Printing Deadlines for 2017

We have some holiday closures and printing order cut-offs coming up, which are important dates for our clients to keep in mind. Happy holidays!

Written By Jeff Kee | Events & Gatherings

December 5, 2017

Do It Yourself SEO for Every Realtor® – Part 2

Setting up your SEO tools is vital but maintenance is key! In the second article of this two-part post, read about the 5 essential steps to take for your own listings to improve your search engine ranking over the long term.

Written By Jeff Kee | Search Engine Optimization

November 10, 2017

Do It Yourself SEO for Every Realtor® – Part 1

Web searches and online presence is a critical way for Realtors to earn more business. In the first article of this two-part post, Learn how utilizing a variety of SEO tools can help improve your search engine ranking and the increase the odds of those results leading to new clients!

Written By Jeff Kee | Search Engine Optimization

October 9, 2017

Hitting 3 Birds with Branded Instagram Posts

More Realtors® are active on social media than ever. Don't be left behind - make sure you reach your audience through our custom designed Instagram & Facebook posts!

Written By Jeff Kee | Marketing & Promotion, Social Media & Marketing

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