Listings are NOT Properties

When I started working at realtor.com, a colleague who had been working in real estate tech for a long time told me something very useful that I’ll never forget. It’s one of the first things I now say to any team, stakeholder, or other colleague when we discuss real estate data. Listings are not properties. […]

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Wait! Is IDX the data feed you need?

Your MLS might have more data feeds than just IDX, learn what they are before you apply There are many different types of real estate data feeds you could potentially request from a multiple listing service (MLS), however knowing what type of feed you need for your application can be very confusing. Unfortunately, some MLSs […]

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Get FREE MLS access to develop your web or mobile app!

A catch-22 for real estate tech companies has been easy, free access real estate MLS access to develop web or mobile apps. MLSs usually require you to be working with a brokerage/agent customer before giving you access to real estate data. But it’s really hard to get brokerages / agents to sign on as customers […]

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Frustration-free IDX

When most real estate agents think of IDX, frustration and pain come to mind. In talking with Rets Rabbit customers, we’ve encountered all of the common complaints about IDX: confusing interfaces stuck in the mid-90s, lack of mobile device support, incorrect or missing information, terrible support, limited customization options and social media integration. Is it […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: Is there an API that returns the number of bedrooms in a given address? Like @clearbit for real estate. — Ryan Delk (@delk) October 22, 2016 After a quick search I was able to find a real estate API matching […]

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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 […]

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