Zillow-owned software company Retsly, which collects and standardizes real estate data has announced six new multiple listing services (MLSs) partners across North America.
The six real estate listing companies will make their data available using the Retsly Application Programming Interface (API) allowing new tools and services to be developed while they retain control over their data.
Retsly collects and standardizes real estate data from multiple listing services along with records from more than 3,000 counties so developers can build data-driven products for the real estate industry.
The company also provides MLSs with the tools to manage software applications in their market and ensure their content is being used appropriately.
Retsly's new partners, Houston Association of Realtors, Arizona Regional MLS, Regional MLS of Portland, Hawaii Information Services, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors will make their data widely available while having it customized to the specific needs of their region.
In the process, the data will also be standardized it so it can be easily used by technology companies or developers to make new tools for the real estate industry.
While anyone can request access to the data, the MLS maintains complete control over it and how it will be used.
Zillow Group chief industry development officer says the Retsly platform provides complete transparency around how the data is used.
"Retsly's API opens a world of opportunity for MLS and their members," Samuelson says.
"We've hosted several hackathons and the products and services that we've seen come out of those have been amazing.
"REmine, for example, is using MLS data accessed via Retsly to provide agents with easy access to advanced public record information. The flexibility, security and control that Retsly provides for MLS data is simply put unparalleled."
Retsly is based in Vancouver, BC and is owned and operated by Zillow Group.