Thousands of agent and broker websites shielded from data scrapers

November 19, 2014

FBS partnering with Distil to protect agent, broker and public-facing MLS IDX sites

Data scraping has been a problem for years in the real estate industry, inspiring copyright infringement lawsuits and the formation of property protection group REDPLAN.  

Now, FBS says it is the first multiple listing service platform provider to implement a real estate data protection product from technology company Distil Networks on all of the MLS public-facing sites and agent and broker Internet data exchange (IDX) sites powered by its MLS platform, Flexmls. Flexmls serves more than 130 MLSs and nearly 160,000 agents and brokers.

With strategic help from real estate consulting firm Clareity Consulting, last year Distil launched what it hoped would be an “industrywide intelligence network” to identify and thwart those who use data scraping with real estate listing data without permission. The company raised $10 million in a funding round earlier this year.

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