This is an update to “MLS Collaboration and Competitive Enabling Technologies”
It’s not widely known yet, but RPR is offering MLSs a data sharing platform as a free additional benefit to participating MLSs. The folks at RPR say the capability will be available starting August 19th. Here’s how it will work:
Each MLS that licenses data to the RPR will be asked to categorize their data (all fields) into one of three categories: Active, Off Market, and Confidential. The MLS decides which goes where. Once the fields are categorized, the MLS creates business rules for each category that determines who gets to see the data in that category. For instance, an MLS may decide to allow all Realtors using RPR to see active information, or they can limit it to just members of MLSs with whom they have a data share agreement. They may prefer to keep off market information and/or confidential data restricted to their membership – but they can allow a data sharing MLS’s members to see that data too.
Right now, these rules are created and managed by RPR’s implementation team, by MLS request – but next year they plan to add an MLS Dashboard to RPR, and the MLS will be able to manage it in real time themselves.
Now, keep in mind that this isn’t a tool for MLSs to be able to integrate a neighboring MLS’s data into their own system, where the content could be searched at the same time as the local data and used for CMAs, hotsheets, statistics, prospecting, client collaboration, integrations with third party products such as agent productivity tools or transaction management, or for having the aggregated data used for broker back-office systems, BPO systems or websites. This is just a way for users from one MLS to have access to search another MLS’s inventory on the RPR site. But, for some MLSs, this is all they need or want, and this new RPR service will do just that, at no cost.
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