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…

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 …

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.” …

Linking Upstream and RESO with Universal Property IDs

As we think about working with Upstream and the main goal of connecting disparate systems used by brokers, the need for a Universal Property ID seems central (pun intended). Universal Property IDs would be like hyperlinks on the Web, which is the glue …

Clareity, CoreLogic to open MLS app store

Companies have ties to more than 70% of MLSsread more