Pre-built Real Estate Database

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  1. sbryan macrumors member

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    Because realty companies and agents tend to advertise and list similarly, I thought there might be a pre-built database solution for managing and searching property.

    For example, Show houses between $220k-$240k with 2 Full baths, a finished basement, and wood floors.

    I know little about databases, but was hoping for a pre-built solution that would allow me to get my feet wet.
     
  2. Maxington macrumors 6502

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    Most of the higher end real estate companies pay licensing fees to list their homes on proprietary databases (listings) as to get a broader coverage.

    Developing one would be some work and the software out there looks to be desktop based. A web based solution will cost.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The MLS is the standard real estate database.
     
  4. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    To the OP, what you are looking for is MLS software and it is already here. There are several companies who provide this service and they guard the data very well. There are companies that provide dedicated software, hardware and database storage to MLS boards who enter the data in from real estate agents or their employees. The data is not just freely available for anyone.

    Not sure how Realtor.com and others get to the data but they are probably through contracts with the different MLS boards who contract with the companies to provide the MLS solutions.

    Programmatic access to the data is through a standard called RETS and here is a link to describe it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Estate_Transaction_Standard

    Here is a better web site for RETS info: http://www.realtor.org/field-guides/field-guide-to-real-estate-transaction-standards-rets

    My Google search turned up this tool: http://www.retsconnector.com/. Here is the key piece of information from CoreLogic's page for their RETSConnector:

    RETS Connector is provided as a service to our ML customers and their members to facilitate secure, standardized, programmatic access to their ML databases.​

    Notice they say "our ML customers and their members" which means it is not open to the public. It probably requires log on credentials just like any other MLS system.

    Before anyone says anything, this is my day job, working on MLS software (but not RETS) for a global company. Our company employes its own RETS team who site about 3 cubes away from me. I get involved in their discussions and hear other discussions from them. It can be interesting at times.

    Not sure how Winnow will work, especially when a region/city is served by another company through contracts. That could be interesting. Still, it will require $$$ to sign up.

    [UPDATE] The requirements for RETS Connector seem to indicate the need for a Windows based system. :(
     
  5. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    My question is this -- if one pays a fee and is properly licensed, can one access the MLS data as, say, a restful API and construct their own custom site?

    I found this site but it's for MLS members - not sure if one has to have a real estate license to use the API or not: http://sparkplatform.com/docs/overview/api
     

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