Realcomp provides easy access and control of MLS Data to our broker subscribers. Brokers have control over the access, use and distribution of their listings. We also provide RETS access to brokerage data or full MLS data (for back office systems), IDX and VOW data (for websites), and vendor access to brokerage data with the Broker's permission.
Realcomp’s Listing Distribution service enables the Designated REALTOR® or Responsible Broker of each participating company or office to control and efficiently facilitate the syndication of their listings beyond the MLS system. For more information on controlling listing distribution is available for the Designated REALTOR/Broker at the DR/Broker Listing Distribution page.
RETS DATA ACCESS
The RETS server data is updated in real-time and can be accessed throughout the day. These are the various types of RETS accounts we offer:
A) BROKERAGE DATA ACCESS
Realcomp can make brokerage MLS data available via RETS for any subscribing broker. Often this data is used to populate a brokerage website or for use in a back office application.
B) FULL DATA ACCESS
Realcomp can make the full MLS data feed available via RETS for any subscribing broker for use in a back office application. This access agreement does not allow for the online publication or distribution of this data in any way. One of the requirements for this type of feed is that the data be stored on the office broker's computer(s) and not that of a vendor or third party.
C) INTERNET DATA EXCHANGE (IDX) DATA ACCESS
As you may know, Internet Data Exchange (IDX) allows for participating brokers and their approved agents to advertise other participating brokers' listings on their websites. Realcomp can make the IDX data feed available via RETS for any Subscribing Broker and their approved agents for use on their IDX website(s). More information about IDX Rules, options, and the IDX contract are available on our Internet Data Exchange (IDX) product/service page.
D) VOW DATA ACCESS
A VOW or Virtual Office Website is a participant’s Internet website, or a feature of a participant’s website, through which the participant is capable of providing real estate brokerage services to consumers with whom the participant has first established a broker-consumer relationship where the consumer has the opportunity to search MLS listing information, subject to the participant’s oversight, supervision, and accountability. VOW rules, FAQs, Fees, and the data access agreement can all be found on our VOW Information page.
E) VENDOR DATA ACCESS
Oftentimes brokers will contract with third party vendors to put the brokerage's listings on the vendor's website or for the use of the vendor's software with the brokerage's MLS listing data. Realcomp provides data access to numerous third party vendors on behalf of brokers. We only allow access to a broker's data by a vendor if that broker has specifically given Realcomp permission to do so.
For consistency and tracking purposes all IDX, data feed, and compliance communications must be conducted via email. Our Data Access & Compliance Specialist, Sarah Smith, and her back ups can be reached by email at IDXSupport@realcomp.com.
For more information on RETS go to our RETS Information page.