DDF or Data Distribution Facility, is a Canadian technology currently available for real estate agents in Canada. CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association) is the provider and owner of DDF. Using DDF technology, real estate agents are able to have instant access to all residential, and commercial listings across Canada, which are distributed to DDF. Agents can also filter the data to the specific narrowed down segment of that, which they need to have on their website.
Is DDF the same as MLS?
While MLS or Multiple Listing Service is the database of all properties in a specific real estate board, or all real estate boards combined, DDF is a layer on top of that to simplify the flow of the listings, their data, images, and their statuses from MLS database to your website. Other than DDF there are some other technologies and services you can use to receive data from MLS databases. Some of these technologies and services are Reso WebAPI, RETS, IDX, and VOW.
How to use my DDF Feed on my Website?
If that’s your question, you would need either a web developer and programmer who can use your feed to create a database of properties on your website, or a ready-to-use, plug and play web application or WordPress plugin that can work with your DDF Feed.
Some web agencies create a ready to use website with all other pages an agent may need, which all you need to provide them with, is your DDF Data Feed. This also is a very good option if you are not setting up your website yourself.
What is the best WordPress Plugin for DDF?
I recommend Hybrid Real Estate Search, as it has an impressive map search with half page dedicated to properties and half page dedicated to an interactive map which can be panned around, zoomed in and out, and focused on a specific block to show you the properties in that area.