Types of Data Feeds and their Uses:
IDX - Internet Data Exchange: Internet Data Exchange is an MLS service where MLS brokers who participate in IDX grant reciprocal permission to advertise on IDX Participants’ company websites, those RANW MLS listings they include in the IDX database. IDX is available only to those participating brokers, and those brokers' agents, for display on their company websites. IDX Participation is subject to the IDX Rules as outlined in the RANW MLS Rules & Regulations and NAR policies. Several options are offered by RANW MLS:
VOW - Virtual Office Website: A VOW is an online brokerage website that complies with detailed requirements of VOW policies as defined by the National Association of REALTORS and as outlined in the RANW MLS Rules & Regulations. VOW RETS feeds are available to member companies, and to member agents with broker/manager authorization.
Company Firm-Specific: This is a RETS data feed comprised of the requesting company's listings. These types of data feeds are often used to provide company listings to syndication services, advertising entities, showing service companies, or to backfeed an office's listings to a corporate or in-house database.
Back-Office MLS Replication: RANW MLS offers MLS companies a replication of the MLS database via RETS for use ONLY with in-office applications. The MLS replicated database may not be redistributed for any other use, may not be used on a website, and is subject to any and all MLS Rules & Regulations governing use of MLS data..
Voice/Text/Mobile App Data: This is a RETS data feed of Active listings for use in voice, text, or mobile applications. This type of feed is available to member companies as well as member agents with broker/manager authorization.
AVM - Automated Valuation Model Replication: An automated valuation model or similar service using mathematical modeling combined with RANW MLS Data and possibly other data. An AVM need not include any human judgment or analysis. “AVM” includes broker price opinions (BPOs) and comparative (or comparable) market analyses (CMAs) to the extent they satisfy this definition. AVM data feed requests have their own separate forms, see below.