Technology

Realtor board’s Twitter bot answers housing stat questions

Agents can tweet at Austin Board of Realtors handle for up-to-date data in real time

Real estate agents in and around Austin, Texas, can now pull up local housing statistics by tweeting a question at a Twitter handle operated by the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR): @ABoR_MLS. "Our goal was to provide a way for members, lawmakers and media figures to access instant, up-to-date, shareable statistics that they could use to be more knowledgeable in their own businesses," said Joe Marshall, digital content specialist at ABoR. Today, tweet "What are the housing stats listed for homes yesterday?" and ABoR_MLS will send the reply: "47 res homes listed at $19,347,330 2015-03-22." .@tkwiggin 47 res homes listed at $19,347,330 2015-03-22 — Austin REALTORS® MLS (@ABoR_MLS) March 23, 2015 The program that runs the Twitter bot works by searching for keywords in tweets that mention its handle and then queries the Austin/Central Texas Realty Information Service (ACTRIS), the multiple listing service owned by ABoR. The program currently can answer only some ...