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Realtors launch MLS-server software

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The Center for Realtor Technology of the National Association of Realtors has launched new software for computer servers that allows users to set business rules when distributing Multiple Listing Service information. The program, called VARIMAN, is the second generation of the association's free Real Estate Transaction Standard server software to be released by the center, the association announced this week. VARIMAN is designed to improve security. One feature allows the user to see different views of listing data depending on how the software is used. VARIMAN can be used from a variety of RETS-certified clients when connecting to the MLS. (RETS is a standard for exchanging real estate information and providing for access and movement of information.) "MLS business rules can be applied to items like days on market, school districts, instructions, selling company agent, map books, expired listings and other information records. Applying business rules has been a missing element in mos...