Standards Archive

Time to Mechanize

What is stopping the industry from implementing automation at a higher level than we we do today? The answer is simple … standard APIs. I would like to investigate my assertion with this post....
September 26, 2014

RETS Web API in words we recognize

This post is dedicated to the words used to describe the capabilities found in the RETS Web API published by RESO. Adopting new technologies has challenges with none greater than the vocabulary. I once heard a joke that had...
September 24, 2014

CRT White Paper: The RETS Web API and What It Means for Mobile and Real Estate

Download white paper here. Access to data is important to what we all do. In real estate, having timely, relevant information matters. Recently, RESO, the Real Estate Standards Organization, is working on a specification for the RETS Web API...
August 21, 2014

Does MLS Need to Change More Quickly?

CRT began advocating APIs for the industry in 2008. The first group we approached was RESO. We believed that the MLS community had the mode to gain from this approach. Unfortunately, we misjudged the audience and were not prepared...
June 27, 2014

RETS DC Technical Track Day 1

Been recording the Technical Track at the RESO meeting in DC today.  Take a look! Specification Review Workgroup Webcam chat at Ustream Schema Workgroup Live Streaming by Ustream.TV...
April 6, 2009

RETS Certification Status

As Chris posted last week, one of the big topics at this months RESO meeting was the upcoming June 2009 deadline for RETS certification.  For those that are still unaware, in the 2007 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, the...
December 11, 2008

Privacy at Risk?

I have been reading about privacy concerns related to Flash-based Local Shared Objects (LSO).  If you are interested privacy matters, I recommend you follow the above link or this one from Slashdot and read up. LSO has been around...
October 20, 2008

I Hate You More Then Ever XML

Okay, so I don’t actually hate XML. But recently I have been working on writing a syndication tool and I am beginning to agree with a lot of people that question the use of XML for simple data exchange....
July 15, 2008

RETS for Drupal!

Arthur Richards has written a Drupal plugin for RETS! This allows you to create a website that has listing information taken directly from the MLS. You can find it with other Drupal plug-ins. Here is a clip of what...
June 30, 2008

Is it a sine?

A few years back, I watched MLSNI turn off their consumer facing website because members took the stance that this was reducing broker/agent centric website exposure. Ironically, seemingly overnight, this almost perfectly coincided with the flash flood of Syndication...
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