Lots of real estate firms are still ignoring mobile

Despite over 50% of buyers use a mobile website or application in their home search, a shocking amount of realtors have not optimized their websites for mobile.

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Gone in 3 Seconds: Buyers ditch slow real estate websites

3 seconds . . .

That’s how long you have before a significant number of web users leave your site, over 40% according to KissMetrics. Unfortunately a lot of realtor websites take much longer to load. In a recent spot check of 15 top-producing and well known agents in Columbus, OH I found 10 that loaded over 3 seconds, one took as long as 20 seconds!

The good news with the use of some free tools and a little know-how, most performance issues with a realtor’s website can be fixed without a lot of time or money. I’m going to go over a few tools and steps I use with my real estate agent websites.

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Is there a national MLS?

MLSs in the US are like these fishing lures

Running a real estate API company I’ll often get this common question/request from eager real estate technology startups about a National MLS.

“Hi we’re trying to create a real estate portal, how can we get access to all of the listings in the United States. Can your API provide us with this data?”

If you’re not familiar with the real estate industry in the United States, it doesn’t sound like an unreasonable request. In 2016 there HAS to be a way to get all of the listings from a single source right? So does a national MLS exist?

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Big List of Real Estate APIs

A couple of months ago I ran into this request from Ryan Delk on Twitter:

After a quick search I was able to find a real estate API matching his needs. It gave me an idea though, there are a lot of APIs for real estate data if you know where to look. So to make it easy I started a list of real estate APIs and broken them down by category.

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RETS Access: Time-saving questions to ask your MLS

Getting a data feed for real estate listings can be challenging if you’re new to real estate technology and how MLSes handle data access. Knowing what to expect and what questions to ask can help save you a lot of time and help get your project started sooner.

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Why Data Dictionary and the RESO Web API are important

This year will be seen at as a watershed moment for real estate technology, after years of fragmentation across MLSs the industry is finally embracing two key standards which will improve the way technology companies consume real estate data. The two standards from the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) are called Data Dictionary and the RESO Web API. These two standards will impact every company and technology in the industry, including our real estate API product Rets Rabbit.

In this article I’m going to explain what Data Dictionary and the RESO Web API standard are, why they matter, and why Rets Rabbit is integrating both standards into our product.

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Real estate listings in Craft CMS with Rets Rabbit

Since I debuted Rets Rabbit I’ve gotten quite a few requests for a Rets Rabbit plugin to integrate real estate listings in Craft CMS. It’s always been on the roadmap, however a full featured plugin is a lot of work and I’ve always had to push it back.

Fortunately I recently discovered the OAuth & REST plugins from Dukt. Having a long Memorial Day weekend ahead of me I decided to take a crack and see how much of the Rets Rabbit functionality I could implement.

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2015 Year in Review

Happy New Year! It’s time to take a look back on 2015 to reflect on how the year went and what our plans are for 2016.

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ExpressionEngine 3 Add-on Plans

So I promised an update on Anecka’s plans for our two ExpressionEngine add-ons, PDF Press & Rets Rabbit.

PDF Press

PDF Press is currently 85% converted to EE 3. The last 15% is really a matter of testing on the latest EE 3 version and integrating fixes. PDF Press for EE 3 should be available by the end of Nov 2015.

When you purchase a copy of PDF Press, you’ll get both EE 2 & EE 3 versions. Support for EE 2 will be dropped at some point in 2016 depending on the adoption rate & level of support needed to maintain EE 2.

Rets Rabbit

Rets Rabbit has not been converted to EE 3 yet, I’m predicting EE 3 support should be ready in Jan 2016.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Why Slack (the chat app) is a big deal

Slack has become a big part of our business. It’s surprising how quickly and how completely we’ve adapted it for our work and how we’ve come to depend on it. In this article I’ll explain why Slack is and will continue to be a big deal.

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