In an article produced by the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), UtahRealEstate.com is recognized for its leading role in ushering in new real estate technology for its in-house technology system for Web API and Data Dictionary.
UtahRealEstate.com is among first few real estate companies to have adopted the newly unified standards in the Data Dictionary 1.7. The goal with these new standards are for structuring information in a common language and Web API Core 1.0.2 to set a consistent set of rules for better data sharing.
“Our organization is committed to adapting the latest RESO standards,” said Ryan Kirkham, Chair of UtahRealEstate.com, “in order to promote technology innovation in real estate that benefits our broker and agent communities.”
In late 2019, UtahRealEstate.com’s API was finalized by its technical team and the entire MLS database became fully distributable to any vendor or broker that meets URE’s licensing agreement terms.
In July of 2020, URE notified all of its vendors (from small local website companies to the largest national vendors) that January of 2021 would be the sunset of all data distribution methods, except for the new API. After that notification, more than 30% of URE’s vendors have converted to the new API, and feeds of every type and kind are flowing through the new technology.
Using easy to follow documentation and standardized technology configuration, any licensed vendor can now enter the Utah real estate market and receive a feed of MLS data that is easy to work with, allowing for accelerated innovation in real estate services and tools.
Brad Bjelke, CEO of UtahRealEstate.com comments, “By requiring all of our data licensees to use our RESO-compliant API, we believe that we are revolutionizing the data distribution process with a keen focus on efficiency, security and data accuracy.”
Move, Inc, Black Knight, Inc. Perchwell, and Hawaii Information Service (MLS Hawaii), all named in RESO’s article, have all made similar steps with their own systems to upgrade to a new Web API and be consistent with the Data Dictionary.
RESO is a real estate organization with a vision of streamlining the real estate technology industry, providing standard that real estate technology companies can adopt to foster better communication and data transfer in the industry.
Of the 556 Multiple Listing Services in the nation, UtahRealEstate.com has been ranked as the 21st largest in 2020 by T3 Sixty in its Organized Real Estate 200 (ORE200).
Categorized as a “Mega MLS,” UtahRealEstate.com currently has over 18,000 members and is one of the few MLSs in the United States that provides listing data for nearly the entire state of Utah, currently servicing about 96% of all real estate professionals in that area.
Over 50,000 homes are sold each year on UtahRealEstate.com, which not only offers data to real estate agents to share with their clients, but also has one of the top real estate public-facing websites in the country, offering the most up-to-date property listings that are actively for sale.
“We are proud of the company’s growth over the last several years,” said Brad Bjelke, CEO of UtahRealEstate.com. “We have expanded to the boundaries of our state and have now pushed into both Idaho and Nevada with our service offerings.”
T3 Sixty is a company of real estate industry strategists, mentors and consultants that actively analyze the industry and provide powerful insights to brokerages, association and multiple listing services.
The Organized Real Estate 200 (ORE200) is part of T3 Sixty’s Real Estate Almanac, a list of all U.S. state and local MLSs and REALTOR® associations ranked by their membership size. The figures and counts in this report are as of December 31, 2020.
RISMedia has named CEO of UtahRealEstate.com, Brad Bjelke, as a 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker. Bjelke was named as a “Futurist” for being one of the leading forward thinkers in the real estate industry.
Known for his progressive approach to MLS technology, Bjelke is one of the founding members of MLS Aligned, a rapidly growing group of forward-thinking MLSs working together to bring better products and data distribution services to MLSs nationwide.
Bjelke hosted the 2019 Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, and was the 2020 CMLS Chair. He currently serves on various committees and boards, most notably the National Association of REALTORS® MLS Executive Advisory Board and the CMLS Board of Directors.
Bjelke runs one of the largest MLS organizations in the country, serving 18,000+ subscribers consisting of 94% of Utah’s REALTORS® and places the highest priority on fostering great relationships between the MLS and the brokerage community, helping to ensure his in-house development team is meeting broker needs and developing best-in-class software for the future.
Individuals for the 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker awards were nominated by RISMedia readers and editors. Those nominees that are chosen are divided into eight categories: Influencers, Trailblazers, Futurists, Achievers, Crusaders, Inspirations, Luminaries, and Trendsetters.
Bjelke was also named a RISMedia Newsmaker in 2020 as an “Influencer,” and is also currently on the 2021 Swanepoel Power 200 list, demonstrating his powerful influence on the real estate industry.