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…

Free MLS data feed could speed up real estate innovation

Those kids in a garage dreaming up what could be the latest and greatest real estate tech tool are in luck. Three real estate industry players have joined forces to offer what they say is a “groundbreaking” industry first: a free, standardized MLS data…

Free MLS data feed could speed up real estate innovation

Those kids in a garage dreaming up what could be the latest and greatest real estate tech tool are in luck. Three real estate industry players have joined forces to offer what they say is a “groundbreaking” industry first: a free, standardized MLS data…

Dissecting the deadlock: How can brokers and MLSs work together?

Glenn Phillips, CEO of Lake Homes Realty, and Jeremy Crawford, Executive Director of the Real Estate Standards Organization, talk about tension between two major players driving real estate sales: brokers and the …

Can leveling the real estate data standards field be a good thing?

In recent years, the idea of MLSs “leveling the playing field” between real estate brokers has been controversial. Some large brokerages objected to MLSs providing services and tools that their brokers would otherwise offer to agents and consumers to d…

Real estate tools could be faster (and cheaper) — here’s how

An agent hears about a new real estate tool that she thinks will help her business. But when she tries to buy it, she gets the bad news: the tool is not available in her market because it relies on MLS data, and the vendor has yet to partner with her …

Brokers vs. MLSs: Is there a winner in this mud match?

SAN FRANCISCO — Three years ago, Craig Cheatham of broker network The Realty Alliance announced that brokers had “lost faith in the system,” read out a list of grievances against MLSs and cryptically hinted at an upcoming big initiative that he said w…

RESO slashes annual dues for small MLSs, hikes costs for the big dogs

RESO has announced the implementation of new membership tiers that slash annual dues for smaller MLSs with the goal of making compliance less burdensome while wrapping certification into a membership benefit. Meanwhile, annual dues for larger MLSs have…

Ending MLS data share could cost agents millions

It’s tough enough to find homes for buyers in some parts of the country without losing a data feed on top of the inventory shortage. But that’s exactly what’s about to happen to thousands of Southern California agents and brokers, who …