It’s amazing how hard it is to find information regarding access to the MLS. I know three real estate brokers, but they aren’t much help; they’re too busy selling houses, and it’s really not something they should be expected to know. I’ve tried asking some web design agencies, but they haven’t been helpful, and many of them host the websites they create, so it’s impossible to browse server-side code and figure anything out. I’ll admit, I probably just didn’t know what to search for, or who to ask the right questions to.
This week I finally found the golden key to the MLS data, the Real Estate Standards Organization website. On this website, documentation for a web API called RETS is available to download. This documentation shows just how to access the MLS, but you need to be a broker to do so. The documentation is really overly complicated, so I did a search for “RETS PHP” on Google, and found a great beginner’s tutorial, and also a RETS class on github.
So now one of the brokers I know is working on getting me raw data access through CRMLS. After waiting this long, I’m really looking forward to playing around with RETS and making custom real estate websites.
If you have any other tips or advice regarding RETS or the MLS, please leave a comment.