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Paragon Partners With Zillow For MLS Features

by Victor Lund on June 7, 2017

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According to a news release today, Black Knight Financial Services, developers of the Paragon MLS system and has partnered with Zillow for data management tools. Zillow purchased Bridge Interactive last year, a company that is well known for RETS servers (Contact) and listing input modules (Compose) for MLSs. As part of the alignment between the two companies, the release states that Zillow will be providing the technology to aggregate data from all of the hundreds of markets into Zillow’s data repository which Black Knight calls Property Information Central (PIC). This new system will act as the solution that will provide developers with access to MLS in RESO certified methods of RETS 1.8 and the new RESO WebAPI. WAV Group asked a few questions – Black Knight responded as follows by email: WAV Group: Is this an optional service for your MLS customers or does this replace your current MLS service? BKFS Answer: Optional service. WAV Group: What protects against Zillow using the data you provide them in other ways? BKFS Answer: Any use of MLS data is still covered by the normal data usage terms and conditions you would find in any 3rdparty agreement. WAV Group: Will Paragon be moving all listing input over to Compose? BKFS Answer:  No.  The Paragon Add/Edit component is still available and is used heavily.  To put this in perspective, we are seeing an uptick in usage of RETS Update, which is what Bridge’s Compose product uses.  Other 3rd party applications also use RETS Update to add or edit listings.  Another recent example is ZipForm.  You can create a new listing in Paragon directly from a form in ZipForm with the click of a button.  This is all about providing an ‘open’ MLS platform so that if a Broker, Agent or Board wants to use another platform to start their listings, we can support it with RETS Update NOW.  I think this is important because ‘single point of entry’ is a real issue that we are trying to solve. WAV Group: Will Contact contain data for all Paragon MLSs (how many do you have at this point?) BKFS Answer: Contact is typically deployed on an MLS by MLS basis.  We have 210 organizations as Paragon customers.  I say organizations because with consolidations and mergers these organizations may contain multiple MLSs or Boards.  Contact is also used for the PIC, which is a consolidated database of DD compliant listings […]

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