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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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America’s Largest MLS Offering System of Choice

by Victor Lund on November 4, 2015

One announcement that was made around the Council of MLS meetings was the intention of the California Regional Association of REALTORS to offer the Paragon MLS system alongside the CoreLogic Matrix system. This was a big topic of conversation in our recent webinar, the most recent installment in our ongoing WAVes of Change series. Just think about it – they will be running in parallel forever. History CRMLS is a complex MLS. They support 78,000 subscribers and they plan to grow. California has a lot of Paragon installations in California, including some large MLSs like San Diego County and a more modest sized MLS in the Eastern Bay of San Francisco. There are much smaller accounts scattered around the state. San Diego is a neighbor to CRMLS and they share overlapping membership in Northern San Diego County. Strategy From a strategic perspective, the size of CRMLS is justification enough to offer different systems. We have witnessed this before in Chicago where they offered three systems years ago, and in the Dallas and greater northern Texas market where CoreLogic’s Innovia system was offered because of its support for mobile web and Mac OS. Front end of choice has been around. In Chicago the thought was that one system would rise above the other. That did not happen. Agents will not change systems unless they are forced to. For CRMLS, front-end system of choice provides their subscribers with variation. Different systems appeal to different audiences. Offering system variety is also not foreign to the company. When CRMLS was formed, they offered Discover MLS, MLXchange, and Tempo. In many ways, I think that CRMLS drew success from system flexibility and this may be an effort to return to those roots. Rapattoni, another heavily adopted system among California MLSs, has recently shared that they are not opposed to operating their application as a front end of choice. Complexity One of key complexities of the construct is getting the vendors to work together in a way that does not require CRMLS members to pay for two systems. WAV Group’s understanding is that payments are only the active users on each system – not a site license, will pay vendors. The means for calculating users is not public at this time. I think this will create some healthy competition among the vendors to deliver excellence and innovation. The Single Sign On to supporting applications to each […]

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