SOURCE: Midwest Real Estate Data

Midwest Real Estate Data

April 30, 2012 11:05 ET

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) First Charter Member of Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO)

MLS Giant First to Support Organization to Create Data Standards Throughout the Real Estate Industry

LISLE, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 30, 2012) - Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS), announced it is the first Charter Member of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO).

RESO is a group of real estate organizations working together to develop and implement data standards and processes that support innovation, insure portability, eliminate redundancies and obtain maximum efficiencies for all parties participating in the real estate transaction. RESO's ultimate goal is a fully automated real estate transaction facilitated by data standards and processes accepted by real estate professionals everywhere.

"It was Andy Tannenbaum who said 'The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from,'" said MRED CEO Russ Bergeron. "That describes the state of MLS databases today. RESO and MRED want to change all that."

The Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS) is a common language spoken by systems handling real estate information, such as multiple listing services (MLSs). Most of RESO's work currently involves RETS and data definitions to be utilized within RETS. Standardization of data fields and ease of portability of data are of the highest priority to MRED and other MLSs for efficiency of data delivery and the minimizing of expense related to these activities.

"It is exciting to see all segments of the real estate industry work together to affect significant change," said Rebecca Jensen, Board Chair of RESO and CEO of "Led by MRED, the first official Charter Member of RESO, more than thirty of the nation's largest MLSs followed suit, as well as the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and over a dozen vendors and consultants. Together, we have created RESO's first Data Dictionary, which is a standard that will drive efficiencies and foster innovation throughout the industry."

"It is a high priority to me and MRED leadership to support RESO and the work it is doing to create accepted data standards and processes," added Bergeron. "We are proud to be front and center in a leadership role showing our support for this organization and its very worthy mission and initiatives."

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 8,000 real estate offices and 40,000 real estate professionals, including brokers, agents and appraisers. MRED has expanded well into the "collar" counties surrounding Chicagoland, and its property information encompasses northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Jeff Lasky
    MRED Director of Communications and Training
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    Russ Bergeron
    MRED Chief Executive Officer
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