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Tell me about your RETS please....

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I'm currently having my website developed using Custom PHP and they are developing a custom IDX Solution. My developer is using Retsconnector by Corelogic. While the total website is not complete, they have completed the IDX Solution . While explaining how the IDX Solution works, they mentioned I would have to download the MLS data locally, then upload it to my web server, manually and daily. This seems odd to me. When speaking to a west coast colleague, he mentioned that his data is automatically updated in the cloud every 15 minutes, which is more appealing. Please respond to as many of these questions as you can, all answers appreciated:

  1. Is having the website administrator update manually normal? If so, how often?

  2. How is your website or IDX solution updated, and how often?

  3. Is your IDX solution automated?

  4. Which RETS connection service do you use, is it better than RETS Connector, why?

Thank you.

dsweatman's avatar
asked 2017-02-15 11:21:32 -0500, updated 2017-02-15 17:56:08 -0500
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There are different tools that can be used to do your RETS integration based on what technology your site is using. Here is a link in this site that explains some of the options:

Some sites do use RETS Connector and download and keep a local store of the data, doing periodic refreshes during the day to keep the local store updated.

bwolven's avatar
answered 2017-02-15 15:40:09 -0500
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Do your sites automatically refresh data as it changes throughout the day? In the article you quote above, the writer states they download the complete data once a week and refresh throughout the day. So, if a listing gets sold at 1PM, does it show as sold that day or only with redownload?

dsweatman's avatar dsweatman (2017-02-15 15:48:45 -0500) edit

Generally you would do incremental checks a few times a day to pull data that has changed since your last check. The weekly one it refers to is a full download to catch any that may have been deleted or somehow missed.

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