Much Needed Standards Coming to Real Estate Data

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Posted on January 13, 2008 8:36 PM in Miscellaneous
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In an article on Seattle-based Zillow over at TechCrunch:

Zillow is joining Yahoo Real Estate, Trulia, Oodle, Homes.com, Realestate.com, Vast.com and others in adopting a standard way for brokers and multiple listings services (MLSs) to send in their real estate listings in a feed format. That way brokers can use the same data format for all the different real estate search engines and Websites...That should make it easier for brokers to propagate their listings everywhere.

As someone who has loosely followed the rise of real estate sites like Zillow and Estately (formerly known as "ShackPrices") and who has even given some thought to the development of useful real estate-related applications, this news of a more open standard sounds like a real opportunity for advancement in the field of real estate information.

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