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NAR techies create online data-sharing cop

Real estate tool automatically scans for IDX compliance

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National Association of Realtors technologists are making progress in developing a new tool that can automatically test compliance with multiple listing services' online data sharing and display policies. PolicyPage – a sort of software-based RoboCop for MLS Internet Data Exchange (IDX) compliance – is designed to automatically scan MLS members' Web sites for key features that indicate whether members are playing by the rules. IDX is a standard that allows real estate brokers to share and display other brokers' property listings online. PolicyPage developers are also planning to launch related technology that scans non-member sites to test for unauthorized use of MLS information. Keeping up with compliance problems with property listings display can be costly and time consuming for MLSs. The PolicyPage technology aims to eliminate the need for a manual review of Web sites for compliance. Mark Lesswing, vice president to the Center for Realtor Technology, which churns out h...