During the NAR meetings I had the opportunity and privilege to help staff the RETS booth, and one booth visitor in particular piqued my interest. The visitor was a developer for one of the major broker back-office applications and expressed that he had integrated with a number of MLSs and was getting more comfortable with RETS, but he was still perhaps a bit fuzzy on RETS as one of those “MLS things.”
It really brought home for me how MLS-centric a lot of the RETS effort has been, since RETS really should be providing a tremendous efficiency benefit to brokers and agents beyond the area of the MLS system, moving data efficiently and error-free from forms packages to broker systems and between all of the various broker and agent systems where real estate professionals are performing duplicate data entry.
When I expressed those thoughts, I think it was a real “Aha!” moment for that developer. I hope that he and other non-MLS developers continue to become more actively engaged in the RETS effort, and that RETS brings efficiencies to all of the systems in use by real estate professionals – not just MLS.
The message I think we need to get out there?
RETS is not just an “MLS Thing”
RETS is a “Broker Software Thing”
RETS is an “Agent Software Thing”
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