What is the MLS Grid and how does it work?

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We bet you've already heard about RESO Web API and MLSs transition from RETS to Web API a lot. However the ways of this transition still remain not clear enough for every single MLS organization. MLS Grid has become one of those solutions which help real estate brokers interested in MLS import and product vendors make that shift. So here is our short review about what the MLS Grid platform is, its benefits and how it actually works.

MLS Grid benefits

In a nutshell, MLS Grid is a specific platform created by a network of MLSs in order to allow brokers, MLSs and vendors to cooperate efficiently eliminating a lot of technical, licensing and other challenges in real estate industry. This platform provides data directly from MLS creating a single feed and offering a single agreement. Sounds promising, doesn't it? Thus, all the three parties (brokers, MLSs and vendors) save a lot of legal and technology costs.

“Based on the latest RESO Standards, the MLS Grid not only modernizes the way technologists access MLS data, but it also provides a single license agreement to govern the use of brokers’ data. We couldn’t be happier with where we’re heading; this is a giant step forward for real estate technology.”
Rebecca Jensen, MRED president, CEO and chair of the MLS Grid Board of Managers

To date, MLS Grid includes 10 MLS organizations serving over 200,000 brokers and agents:

* Austin MLS (Texas)
* Carolina MLS (North and South Carolina)
* Heartland MLS (Kansas City)
* MARIS (St. Louis)
* MIBOR (Indianapolis)
* MRED (Chicagoland)
* MyFloridaRegional MLS (Northern Florida)
* Northstar MLS (Minnesota)
* Northwest MLS (Seattle)
* Realtracs (Tennessee)

How MLS Grid works?

MLS Grid IDX approval is 100% online. In the first place, agents select their preferred vendor and get approval by their broker. When an agent sings up for service with the selected vendor, both agent and broker immediately receive an email with a link to the data license. Once they both sign the agreement, it is passed to MLS for approval. As soon as MLS approves it, IDX approval will be considered to be completed successfully.

Does Estatik support MLS Grid?

Great news is you can see Estatik among other MLS Grid vendors. We work with MARIS and My Florida Regional MLS DBA Stellar MLS. Estatik Premium includes MLS integration feature via MLS Grid as well as free MLS setup service.
If you are not still signed up with MLS grid, please proceed with their streamlined registration process at http://www.mlsgrid.com/ and select Estatik Inc. as a vendor in their Vendors list.
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Let's get on the Grid together!

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