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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 »

Should the MLS care about what their members think?

by Bryn Kaufman on 11:28 pm December 11, 2016

  For me the answer is yes! For others the answer is no, in certain situations. For example, when my MLS made a decision to give Zillow our listings, they did not do a poll to see if their members wanted this service, they just did it. My guess is those that make money from Zillow leads would want it, those that do not would not. I believe that more members do not make money from Zillow vs. those that do, so taking a poll … 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 »

Real Estate Trademarks in Meta Tags

by Crystal Tost on 6:13 am October 3, 2012

MLS® and REALTOR® Trademarks in Meta Tags Google is certainly all the buzz talk in the SEO world these days and us Real Estate Agents are not immune to the unfortunate penalties and updates our beloved Google has bestowed on us.  With all the Penguin and Panda talk – and of course the penalties that Google has handed out in the last months – they have really shaken up rankings across the US and Canada. But now you have to wonder about Trademarks and how they affect … Read More »

Two MLS's, Metrolist and Santa Barbara, Boot Diverse Solutions/Zillow

by Drew Meyers on 11:09 pm February 7, 2012

It happened — Metrolist and Santa Barbara booted Diverse Solutions (now owned by Zillow) from their list of approved IDX vendors. The Metrolist decision was reported by Geek Wire, while Inman picked up on the fact (premium content) that Santa Barbara had also pulled the plug. Eric Stegemann has a good read as well. Personally, I don’t buy any of the reasons given by Metrolist. As marketing Director Melissa Olson says, “At some point, we have to start taking a look at our current offering and how many … Read More »

Can MLS Companies Level The Playing Field?

by Justin Britt on 3:22 am March 29, 2011

Realtors hold all the cards (MLS data), but are aggregators squeaking out the win? – photo credit Recently, a Hawaii MLS company (who asked to remain anonymous) audited Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers and informed me of a few RETS rules and regulations we were violating. The MLS technician assisting me (we’ll call him Kimo) was very helpful, clearly explaining the fixes needed. Once in compliance, my competitive nature had me checking to see if other Hawaii real estate websites were also following RETS rules and regulations. Some … Read More »

RSS Feeds & Real Estate Leads – Really…"Kiss Your 'RSS' Good-bye!"

by Justin Britt on 5:39 pm May 25, 2010

When Eric Bryant wrote the original Kiss Your “RSS” Good-bye, he was referring to RSS feeds being a thing of the past as social networking sites like Twitter provided a filter for really good articles, “Kinda like a ‘Human Aggregator’”. I thought this was a smart observation, but Eric’s post had to do with RSS feeds as they pertain to blogs and the reading of real estate articles. Today, I’m here to talk about RSS feeds as they relate to MLS data. RSS Feeds + … Read More »

Can I Get A RETS Feed?

by Justin Britt on 12:15 am April 27, 2010

I got some great news the other day. One of my local MLS’s finally became RETS compliant. I could now get new properties updated to my site every few hours. I was stoked. The call to the MLS was made shortly after hearing the news, hoping to have RETS up and running within the week. My sales rep picked up the phone and I asked if I could cancel my FTP and XML feeds, and replace it with RETS. “But we don’t offer a RETS … Read More »

How Real Estate Works when there is no MLS

by Claudia Gonella on 1:00 pm December 7, 2009

For those of you in countries/markets without a MLS, you know your real estate market does not operate in the same way as it does in the US where a Multiple Listing Service is the norm.  At first glance things may appear the same – there are ‘real estate agencies’, ‘listings’, ‘property registrations’ and so on – but dig a little deeper and you’ll find it to be quite different.  This article looks at how the market works for Nicaragua real estate, but much of … Read More »

Can MLSs help Fannie Mae help the market?

by Brian Larson on 3:15 pm December 15, 2008

I attended the Legal Counsel Seminar at the National Association of REALTORS® convention in Orlando in November. One of the speakers there was Marcel Bryar, deputy general counsel and vice president at Fannie Mae. He spoke about Fannie Mae’s efforts to prevent foreclosures, handle short sales better, and handle foreclosures better. One thing he mentioned was that Fannie Mae is approaching MLSs to obtain listing data from them. MLS data is my life, so his comments naturally piqued my interest. Here is what I think … Read More »

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