I’ll be moderating the MLS panels at Inman Connect NY in January, One of the sessions outlined so far is “Breaking Data Taboos for Fun and Profit.” The idea for this session stemmed from the Connect Create session at Inman SF this last summer, where developers from two companies built two applications in 48 hours and then showed them off at the end of the conference. One of those applications was an agent rating service built by Diverse Solutions using some data from SoCal MLS.
During the demo of that product, Diverse’s President Justin Lajoie commented that he wasn’t sure if the product would ever see the light of day because MLSs would have to grant permission to use the sold data in this way. Brian Boero asked the brokers and agents in the audience if this was a product they’d like to see become real, and the response was definite: Yes, they would.
Is it time for MLSs to leverage the rapid innovation cycle by creating their own API? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below and also at Inman Connect NY.