The RESO Web API is the preeminent technology standard for moving real estate data between systems. MLSListings in Silicon Valley, California, is leading the Web API charge by using RESO’s new Add/Edit standard to push the industry’s technology capabilities even further forward.
Real estate brokers and their vendors pull data from their MLSs via a number of technologies. In the past two years, the RESO Web API’s usage has skyrocketed, with services in approximately 500 MLS markets and gaining one-third of the industry’s data consumers. The trend line points toward this technology becoming the primary industry data transport in the short term.
More Than Downloading MLS Data
But this technology can do more than simply send data from an MLS to a broker. The RESO Web API can also publish data back to the MLS. Rather than simply downloading listing data, a broker can use the standard to add new listings and edit current listings within the MLS’s systems.
MLSListings is the first MLS to have this production feature in its systems validated by RESO.
By allowing a broker to use whichever apps or systems work best for them, and having their interactions align with and update the MLS’s data accurately, product choice and competition can be greatly enhanced. The industry has long asked for this ability to use a “front end of choice” in their day-to-day operations and to have any of those front ends connect efficiently with the MLS’s back end data.
Creating Technology Choices for Brokers
“MLSListings is committed to making broker technology flexible and allowing brokers to work with their customers in whatever venue fits their business needs,” said Dave Wetzel, President and CEO of MLSListings. “By enabling edit via an API, we are giving our brokers and agents more choices in how they conduct their business.”
This means that a broker could be using a mobile application, a website or even a back office system to update listings. The practitioners are free to use MLS, broker or agent tools to interact with client listings – whichever fits their business needs and styles best.
“Whenever we set out to implement a new feature or technology, we first consult RESO standards,” said Olga Ermolin, Director of Engineering at MLSListings “Standardizing our solutions enables our technology partners to deliver features quickly – not only in our market but also beyond it. By implementing this new technology and working with RESO to move it forward, we’re helping to improve our marketplace and the industry as a whole.”
RESO’s Web API Add/Edit standard supports this innovation. It is the first step in opening the real estate industry to more technology systems working together seamlessly.
With MLSListings leading the charge in the first verified implementation of this technology, RESO is encouraging other organizations to build and share their implementations with us. As more systems are verified, this standard can move forward to become a ratified, full-fledged component of the RESO Web API standard.
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