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The Broker / Startup Strategic Argument Against Standardized Feed Platforms

by Drew Meyers on 3:10 pm April 12, 2017

Upstream, Broker Portal, and MLS Data

There’s a number of arguments for the use of standardized MLS data feeds across many MLS’ by real estate brokerages and startups: Compliance is a pain in the ass. Legal is a pain in the ass. Every MLS feed contains different fields, which ends up being a pain in the ass. Fees differ by MLS. Another pain in the ass. Most engineers a brokerage/startup hire don’t know the nuances of MLS feeds. That means a big learning curve, which leads to an (expensive) pain in the ass. Feeds … Read More »

Trestle – A Q&A with Kevin Greene

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 30, 2017

I listened to Greg’s recent podcast with Kevin Greene at CoreLogic about Trestle. Even after writing about it, I had a few questions about Trestle. Instead of wonder, I decided to reach out to Kevin and see if he’d be willing to answer a few questions. He obliged. Without further ado… How is interest in Trestle’s offering playing out between brokerages, technology providers, and multiple listing organizations? Great! For each one it is solving different pain points. For a Broker it is being able to have easy … Read More »

Real Estate Standards Organization Releases Free Web API Tools For Developers

by Michael Price on 8:47 am March 28, 2017

I just saw a post on Linkedin from Jeremy Crawford, CEO of RESO regarding the release of a new API designed to allow technology companies create connections to MLS data. Innovation like this and the Spark platform from FBS are sure to accelerate a great deal of the Proptech activity that is currently underway. Read the update here: What’s also exciting is what this means: this desktop client application is written with reusable code libraries using .NET C# that allows rapid development of API client … Read More »

Trestle, and a Crowded MLS Data Syndication Space

by Drew Meyers on 8:41 pm March 16, 2017

I came across CoreLogic’s Trestle offering today as a result of listening to the latest Listing Bits podcast with Kevin Greene. (All Listing Bits episodes on iTunes here). What exactly is Trestle? The ultimate listing data management and property information tool for brokers, technology providers, and multiple listing organizations. The way I understand it is it’s a platform for vendors to more seamlessly access MLS data feeds plus the ability to pay fees from one location. The goal is to alleviate the headache with launching … Read More »

More on MLS Networks

by Drew Meyers on 10:30 am February 2, 2017

Public MLS Statistics

I wanted to continue the discussion/dialogue about MLS networks… First, this weekend I listened to the Listing Bits Podcast episode with Michael Wurzer which touches on the staying power of the MLS. Greg Robertson and Michael both have years of MLS technology, and discuss the future of the industry (among other things). Second, Michael wrote a response to my last MLS post titled Creating MLS Networks. I definitely agree with Drew that cooperation exists independent of any particular technology, but Drew goes on to presume that … Read More »

A Reply: MLS Cooperation Creates Value for All Brokers, Not Just One

by Drew Meyers on 3:57 pm January 30, 2017

Public MLS Statistics

The future of MLS’ has been a hot topic recently, and was discussed at Inman Connect. Michael Wurzer from FlexMLS (a MLS software vendor) wrote a response titled “MLS Cooperation Creates Value for All Brokers, Not Just One” to Rob and I (and others). I’ll repost it here for your reading pleasure, and offer a few thoughts afterward. I attended the Inman Connect Conference in New York City last week, where there was yet another panel posing the so-tired question, “Is the MLS Doomed?” I’m not going to … Read More »

Homesnap + Broker Public Portal: The Unofficial Why and How (and the case for more PR)

by Sam DeBord on 11:04 am January 23, 2017

Homesnap and Broker Public Portal

I’ve been seeing a lot of questions about the direction and makeup of the Broker Public Portal and its relationship with Homesnap. I have no direct influence or investment in either group, but plenty of interest. Let’s clear the table first—some of these questions come from a great post/discussion earlier here on GeekEstate, others I’ve heard out in the field. Unofficial answers about the Broker Public Portal and Homesnap (caveat emptor): Why? Brokers want a national search experience for consumers in which the brokers control … Read More »

Homesnap + Broker Public Portal

by Drew Meyers on 2:54 pm January 20, 2017

I saw the news that Homesnap and Broker Public Portal formed an equally owned joint venture. (click here for prior writing on Broker Public Portal) A few things… First, I’m still unclear EXACTLY what the goal of Broker Public Portal is? Second, is the new joint venture a FOR PROFIT initiative? Third, I ask again — why exactly will a consumer care about BPP/Homesnap? Fourth, consider the following: “HAR.com and a number of other MLSs have been able to capture a reasonable share of voice in online consumer … Read More »

Bright MLS, and a new Era of MLS

by Drew Meyers on 1:00 pm January 12, 2017

Bright MLS launched their new website… Greg’s right, it’s audacious. I like it. There’s no sense batting for a single when a home run is possible. There’s one section I question in their Our Story section: We want to empower everyone to get more out of the MLS. We want brokers to access better business and recruiting insights. We want agents and appraisers to have first access to more data. And we want to give them better tools for doing so. We want consumers to … Read More »

A Twitter for Following Agents and Regions?

by Drew Meyers on 12:52 pm February 12, 2016

Why isn’t there a way to follow all the listing activity (new listings, price changes, pendings, solds) for regions and agents I care about with a native app? Email listing alerts, with a Twitter-like interface (follow agents, brokers, franchises, ZIP codes, neighborhoods, cities). For consumers, it’s a more efficient way to manage the listings alerts they care about. For agents, it’s a way to follow their competition. This is more or less the exact same product that’s needed for the pocket listings opportunity I wrote about quite awhile ago. … Read More »

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