Rob Hahn has said there is no meaningful difference between IDX and syndication and that he thinks brokers pulling out of syndication are a harbinger of IDX's demise; but I think he’s dead wrong. I’ll … Read more about IDX makes sense for brokers, even those who won’t syndicate
SM/IDX: What counts as a social media platform?
I proposed back on November 18 that we should have an open discussion about social media and IDX. Enough folks responded here and on Facebook, etc., that they'd like to see the discussion. In later … Read more about SM/IDX: What counts as a social media platform?
SM/IDX: We can do this together
I assume you are aware that I was wrong two weeks ago, when I said I expected NAR would pass the new social media IDX policy out of a sense of fatigue. In fact, the multiple listing policy committee … Read more about SM/IDX: We can do this together
Strategic view of proposed NAR social media, RSS, mobile policy
In Anaheim next week, NAR will likely pass the social media (and RSS etc.) policy proposed by its newest PAG on the topic. Elizabeth has summarized some of the tactical details on the social media … Read more about Strategic view of proposed NAR social media, RSS, mobile policy
NAR IDX Policy proposals in Anaheim
This post is by Larson/Sobotka attorney and consultant Elizabeth Sobotka. This post discusses proposals to change NAR policy regarding how and where MLS participants may display IDX data. The … Read more about NAR IDX Policy proposals in Anaheim
What if the MLS industry does not apply for the .MLS top-level domain?
(This post originally appeared on the MLS Domains Association's website.) Our client, MLS Domains Association, is planning to obtain .MLS as a new top-level domain (TLD) on the Internet. Common … Read more about What if the MLS industry does not apply for the .MLS top-level domain?
“Franchisor IDX indexing”: Misnomer and mistake
Sorry for the quite long post, but there's quite a lot to say about this topic!There has been much discussion of a National Association of REALTORS® policy, which NAR officially refers to as “display … Read more about “Franchisor IDX indexing”: Misnomer and mistake
IDX “indexing”: What’s so special about franchisors?
NAR’s board of directors adopted a policy at its meeting in New Orleans in November regarding “Display of IDX Information by Real Estate Franchise Organizations.” This post looks at the policy from a … Read more about IDX “indexing”: What’s so special about franchisors?
Online Contracting: Extending legal rights over data pirates?
Many MLSs are expanding the data they permit to be displayed in IDX – including off-market statuses and fields they previously excluded. This is in response, in part, to the arrival of VOWs and to … Read more about Online Contracting: Extending legal rights over data pirates?
Does ‘search engine’ = benign use of listing data?
I pointed out in last week's capstone post on the "search engine indexing of IDX series" that any policy that permits indexing of IDX sites needs to define exactly what kinds of 'search engines' are … Read more about Does ‘search engine’ = benign use of listing data?
Search engines & IDX Part VIII: Options for moving ahead
We've considered this issue in seven posts: Part I: What's the beef? Part II: Search engine scope and data sources Part III: Search engines indexing, audiences, and their objectives Part IV: "IDX … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part VIII: Options for moving ahead
Search engines & IDX Part VII: Miscellaneous items
This posts covers a couple miscellaneous items I wanted to get out before doing the final post in this series. "Static pages" and "RESTful development" Mike Wurzer pointed out that my post on how IDX … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part VII: Miscellaneous items