Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) - Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions and answers. If you don't find the information you need here please free to send us an email with your questions and suggestions.

Why should I post my open houses on - One of the main reasons to post your open house information on the Internet is for exposure. The more eyeballs that see your posting the better turn out you will have at your open house. The problem is that visiting all of the various classified ad sites and search engines takes a lot of your time. A primary goal of is to provide you a single site to post your open house information and then we propagate that information for you. Post your information once on and we'll make sure it is spread throughout the Internet. Look for our Syndications and Exposure post in this blog for additional information.

Will this always be free? - The basic services of will always be free. The current service is supported by ad revenue and your donations. In the future we may offer premium services for a fee.

How long will my listing stay active? - An individual listing will remain accessible to you for 30 days after the event date in the listing. Any listing with an event date older than 30 days will be removed from our data base. You may renew any listing still available by simply changing the event date in the listing.

How long will others be able to see my listing? - Any listing that has an event date greater than or equal to the current date will be visible to others. Other listings will only be visible to the poster/owner.

Are pictures allowed in my listing? - Picture files for company logo, individual poster, and the listed property are allowed by not required. All pictures are referred to by URL. We do not currently allow pictures to be uploaded to our site. Pictures should be formatted for optimal display. Company logo and individual pictures will be displayed at 120 pixels wide. Property pictures will be displayed at 300 pixels wide. We recommend you use Picasa, Google's free picture editing software to prepare your photographs.

What is meant by SMS Email? - will email an alert to the SMS email address that you provide. Most mobile carriers provide a standard email address for submission of SMS messages via email to their subscribers. Here is a good list to start with. If you can't find your carrier on this list please contact your mobile carrier for instructions on how to email an SMS message to your phone. We suggest you test your SMS email address by emailing yourself an SMS message. Once you have it working you can copy that email address into your account.

Can I Provide A Bulk Data Feed? - accepts bulk data feeds of open house data in XML format. Please review our XML Data Feed Instructions for further information.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Alpha Version 0.1 is a free service that allows anyone, anywhere to advertise their property for public viewing (Open House). Realtors®, brokers, owners are all welcome to post their open house listings, for free.

Enrollment and new user registration is currently restricted. If you would like to participate in our testing or be notified when registration is open, please feel free to email us.

While we are still in Alpha testing mode, you can already see some of the facilities that will be available. Without the need to create an account, visitors can search for open houses by zip/postal code. When an account is created, you will be able to manage your own listings and create personalized alerts for open houses in your area of interest.

Eventually, we will provide the option to syndicate your open house listings and publish them for you on other classified ad sites on the Web. No need to visit those other sites and rekey your information, will submit your data for you.

Please be patient while we are testing. While you are welcome to jump in and experiment, this is a test environment. is NOT ready for production use. We will post and entry on this blog when the system is ready for production use.