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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 »

Cloud MLX (via a Hack Week)

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am February 6, 2016

W&R Studios team worked on a MLS search app, called Cloud MLX, at a recent “hack week”… the presentation is below. Read more about the hack week project in part 1 here and part 2 here.

The MLS Mobile Software Landscape in 2015

by Drew Meyers on 6:00 pm September 29, 2015

It’s been awhile since we’ve touched on MLS mobile software (I think 2012?) on Geek Estate. It’s no secret most MLS software has been stuck in the stone age (aka 1990’s). Of course, in the 1990’s, mobile didn’t exist — and I haven’t seen much evidence vendors have caught up with the times. So, has any technology vendor truly nailed a mobile offering? You tell me. A few questions for you tech savvy professionals who are on the ground day in, day out: What geographic market are you in, and who … Read More »

A Few Thoughts on Upstream

by Drew Meyers on 9:47 am August 21, 2015

I’m somewhat surprised I haven’t written anything about Project Upstream yet (though Bryn has). Rob has written about the topic numerous times recently (see here and here) which got me thinking about broker listing data, and the future of the MLS. I actually mostly agree with Rob’s vision and thinking of a modular system where brokers control their listing data, and can easily grant access (or revoke it) to any vendor/partner. That said, I’m not sure the path to get there, since the only way that world exists if … Read More »

Upstream & The National Broker Public Portal: Unearthing, Creating Super-MLS Data Layers

by Sam DeBord on 7:27 pm March 2, 2015

Upstream, Broker Portal, and MLS Data

Project Upstream aims to become the defender and gatekeeper of brokers’ real estate listings nationwide.  The National Broker Public Portal intends to provide a nationwide display of data that puts brokers at the controls.  The former is not intended to exclusively fuel the latter (though it seems like a match made in heaven–more on that later). Upstream is not an MLS and will not replace the MLS’s co-broker, commission, and professional standards roles.  Its creators do not intend for it to be public-facing on its own.  It’s … Read More »

FBS Creates a platform to “Light Up” RE Tech Start Ups

by Michael Price on 5:08 am November 12, 2014

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with the development of several real estate technology initiatives involving the licensing of MLS data. It can be a daunting task to work through the intricacies and nuances that are so disparate from one market to another. It’s great to see that after so many years the efforts to finalize and more importantly, implement an across the board data standard are finally beginning to reach their goals. Of the many companies that have created the technology platforms that … Read More »

MRIS Teams With Federal Title On Closing Apps

by Michael Price on 7:37 am September 8, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MRIS), and Federal Title & Escrow Co. have launched MRIS Close It!, a desktop and mobile app that provides quick and concise closing cost estimates. http://www.mris.com/CloseIt“MRIS Close It! accurately answers questions real estate agents commonly hear such as ‘how much cash do I need to close?’ and ‘how much can I expect to net from the sale of my home’,” said Andrew Strauch, Vice President of Product Innovation at MRIS. “Through this new core product, our customers now have the ability … Read More »

Zillow & Retsly

by Drew Meyers on 7:36 am July 19, 2014

One of the bigger news announcements at Inman Connect was Zillow’s acquisition of Retsly. I’ve been familiar with Retsly for quite some time, mostly since Eric Stegemann was an advisor / investor and Seth Siegler used it for Curb Call (both are friends). Of course, the need for a better way for developers to integrate MLS/IDX data has been a VERY real challenge for a long time (Brian wrote about this in 2011). Retsly has been working on solving that problem for a year plus. If Zillow wanted a … Read More »

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