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RESO Web API works by providing a standardized interface to MLS databases, allowing IDX applications and websites to query listings in real time and return them in a user’s search results.
Still unsure of what that means? Don’t worry. We’ll unpack it piece by piece.
Let’s start with the basics.
What is RESO Web API?RESO Web API is a standard designed to streamline data transfers between MLSs and agent websites to facilitate IDX and the development of real estate software. This is important because the real estate industry is decentralized.
Instead of having a single, national MLS, the U.S. real estate industry is broken into 1 700+ small and medium MLS. This can cause headaches for developers seeking to serve clients in multiple markets.
The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) has been working to streamline data practices between MLS for more than a decade though its implementation of RETS and RESO Data Dictionary.
RESO Web API is simply the latest evolution of these standards designed to provide new levels of coordination in the industry and spurs new product development.
How Is RESO Web API Different from RETS?RESO Web API is different from RETS because it is an application programming interface rather than an XML feed, which allows for direct calls to the MLS in response to a user search.
There is no question that RETS transformed the real estate industry. ... more

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