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FBS Acquires Solid Earth

by Kevin Hawkins on December 4, 2017

If 2018 does indeed turn out to be “The Year of Consolidation” in the MLS world, then the stage was set today in the MLS technology world by FBS. One of the most respected and innovative tech firms serving the real estate industry just helped with the consolidation trend. Michael Wurzer, who heads up FBS, creators of Flexmls System and the API that started it all (Spark Platform), announced today the acquisition of Solid Earth’s Spring software platform and the hiring of the Spring team, including its CEO Matt Fowler. This marks FBS first acquisition. Ever. Considering the company was established over 30 years ago, this is a BIG deal. FBS is known for industry “firsts” in the MLS tech world. It was the first to offer a native mobile app, first to create a Web API with its Spark API technology, and earlier this year, first to power on-demand IDX websites for agents with AgentSquared. Now it has its first acquisition. Read the full news release here: FBS acquires Solid Earth’s Spring software platform to achieve powerful industry vision Fargo, North Dakota – December 4, 2017 – FBS, creators of the industry-leading Flexmls® System and Spark Platform, announce acquisition of Solid Earth’s Spring software platform and the hiring of the Spring team. The trio of the Spring® Portal, the Spark® API, and the Flexmls® System creates a new, powerful platform that puts MLSs, brokers, and agents in full control of their data and brand to clearly and beautifully showcase their unique value propositions to their client-bases on both web and mobile platforms. Michael Wurzer, CEO of FBS, says he looks forward to building on the foundation established when FBS and Solid Earth announced a partnership earlier this year to build the Spring Portal on the Spark API. “Spring is the best MLS consumer portal in the market and powering it with the Spark API reduces duplicate entry and data lock-in for brokers and agents,” Wurzer said. “Today, MLSs, brokers, and agents need to clearly and beautifully communicate the full-breadth of the powerful value proposition they deliver together, and Spring is laser-focused on creating the best portal to deliver on that value proposition.” With Spring MLS consumer portals already being deployed in a number of MLS markets, both Wurzer and Solid Earth CEO and co-Founder Matt Fowler (who will continue his role leading the Spring team at FBS as a […]

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I just love it when technology truly helps make it easier for MLSs and brokers to deploy great technologies for consumers!  Today, FBS and Solid Earth are announcing a really exciting partnership that will make it MUCH easier for MLSs to help their brokers generate tons of leads and listing of exposure without spending ANY additional dollars! We talk a lot about data standards and their advantages, but sometimes it’s hard to understand the tangible value of APIs.  Today FBS’ Spark API and Solid Earth’s Spring platform have changed all that.   Because of their seamless integration, MLSs can now deploy a fully functional MLS consumer website quickly and easily with no fuss and no muss. The Spark API makes it really easy to plug in LIVE MLS listing information into a highly attractive, fully functional engaging MLS consumer site. The Spring platform is fully compliant with Fair Display Guidelines, making these websites fully broker-friendly and really engaging for consumers looking for property.  Many MLSs are challenged to find a website provider that truly understands the unique requirements of an MLS website and also has the depth of data expertise to deliver comprehensive, fresh and accurate MLS data consistently. This new partnership is a dream situation for many MLSs that have struggled with these issues. Way to go, team!  I just love it when technology truly solves problems and opens up opportunities for brokers and agents to sell more real estate! Here’s the full press release: FBS and Solid Earth Announce Partnership to Integrate Spark API with Spring Fargo, North Dakota – June 20, 2017 – FBS, the creators of the industry-leading Flexmls System and Spark Platform, announced a partnership with Solid Earth to build their Spring Consumer Portal on the Spark API, an integration that will give Multiple Listing Services the ability to create and quickly deploy hyper local consumer portals in their marketplaces, delivering better quality leads to its members for the first time. Just as FBS previously announced a partnership with AgentSquared Instant IDX websites powered by Spark, this new partnership with Solid Earth’s Spring is yet another demonstration of the growing popularity of Spark and FBS’s intention of working with technology innovators to offer the very best tools and resources to real estate professionals. Michael Wurzer, CEO of FBS said, “Once complete, the Spring built on Spark integration brings the plug-and-play dream to life creating a better, more collaborative experience […]

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