MLS vendor FBS acquires competitor Solid Earth

When multiple listing service (MLS) vendors FBS and Solid Earth announced a partnership earlier this year, it was as competitors looking to serve their mutual MLS clients. Nearly six months later, the two are rivals no more. FBS will acquire Solid Earth’s assets and employ all five of its existing employees in a deal slated to close by the end of the year, FBS CEO Michael Wurzer told Inman via email …

Rivals FBS and Solid Earth team up to offer MLS ‘front end of choice’

Real estate agents and brokers know that sometimes cooperating is the best way to both compete and serve their clients. Two MLS vendors, FBS and Solid Earth, have struck a deal in that spirit …

Is growth of Zillow Group’s Bridge platform hype or substance?

During Zillow Group’s annual MLS Forum in Las Vegas this week, the real estate giant took the opportunity to announce that more than 10 multiple listing services with more than 180,000 agents combined had signed up for a listing input tool from its Bri…

Clareity’s 2017 MLS satisfaction rankings: Would you choose your system again?

Even as new real estate gadgets are constantly introduced into the market, the MLS remains agents’ no. 1 technology tool. So when choosing whether to stay with a current system or make a change, how can MLS executives separate the best from the rest …

Listing Bits: Michael Wurzer on why the MLS isn’t going anywhere

“Every year Inman talks about how the MLS is doomed,” says Michael Wurzer on this episode of Listing Bits, a podcast run by Vendor Alley’s Greg Robertson …

Clareity survey ranks top 5 MLSs of the year

The results are in — from the MLS polls, that is. Here are the top five MLSs in terms of user satisfaction, according to Clareity Consulting’s 15th Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey …

Michael Wurzer on what’s next in tech for 2016

“These API wars won’t be won in 2016,” Wurzer said. “But the many competing options will show the need for cooperation on industry standards.” …

MLS systems: the best, and all the rest

A multiple listing service system offered by Black Knight Financial Services has snagged the highest satisfaction ratings for the third year in a row in an annual survey of MLS executives by real estate consulting firm Clareity Consulting. Among the …

Competition in mobile MLS apps heats up

Mobile access to one of a real estate agent’s most valuable tools — the multiple listing service — is often a top priority when MLSs choose their vendor. Today, FBS — an MLS system vendor that serves nearly 160,000 real …

Thousands of agent and broker websites shielded from data scrapers

Data scraping has been a problem for years in the real estate industry, inspiring copyright infringement lawsuits and the formation of intellectual property protection group REDPLAN. Now, FBS says it is the first multiple listing service platform provider to implement a …