Real Estate Standards Organization Announces Program for Spring Conference

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RESO | RETS Spring Conference April 18-20 Chicago, IL

The Real Estate Standards Organizations (RESO) has published the schedule for its Spring Conference scheduled for April 18-20, at the headquarters of the National Association of Realtors (NAR®) in Chicago.

RESO is a recently incorporated 501 (c)(6), not-for-profit trade association committed to delivering proficient data standards to the real estate industry.
In a continuing demonstration of support, NAR® is both a Charter Member of RESO and the only Class A member. An additional 45 organizations have joined RESO since the inaugural recruitment campaign was initiated on February 15, 2012.

The RESO goal of making it easier for Realtors® to conduct business by creating universal MLS standards that eliminate redundancies, foster innovation and increase data analysis will be a theme throughout the Spring Conference.

The Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS) creates a common platform for the exchange of real estate data and facilitates the sharing of that data among organizations desiring to do so. Many MLS data exchange service providers are currently using the RETS protocol.

RESO’s newest work product is the Data Dictionary, a critical piece in driving the adoption and use of the RETS standard across multiple businesses and business models. There will be several sessions at the conference devoted to this topic, from a high level overview to technical discussion of existing definitions and next steps. Rob Larson, CTO of CRMLS will present one of the Data Dictionary sessions at the conference.

Wednesday’s program, April 18, focuses on the organizational structure of the new entity that is RESO. Rebecca Jensen, RESO chair and CEO at Utah Real / Wasatch Front Regional MLS, will address governance topics for RESO along with the organization’s strategic goals for 2012. In a general session, attendees will have an opportunity to hear how RESO and RETS will impact their organizations.

Thursday, April 19, programs will address data security and the RETS standard, acceleration of data sharing and commercial data standards. Attendees will learn how other standard-setting organizations have gone from a loosely organized committee or taskforce to a nationally known entity that has expanded its reach deep within the land records continuum. Mark Monacelli, public records and property valuations director for St. Louis County, Minn., is a former president of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) and was in the trenches as PRIA moved from a taskforce to an established 501 (c)(6) association. He will share his experience, including the successes and pitfalls, during a session on Thursday morning.

The Technical Workgroup will take center stage on Thursday afternoon to address the data dictionary, transports scenarios and R&D use cases, among other topics.

Tech Friday’s discussion will delve deeply into programming construction for building a RESTful API, while the closing session will look ahead to the next six months of work to be undertaken leading up to the Fall Conference.

The Spring RESO Conference is an opportunity for organizations and individuals to play an integral part in shaping the future standards for the real estate industry. If that interests you, then visit the RESO Conference website for more information.

RESO incorporated in November 2011 as an independent, not-for-profit trade organization having functioned previously as a section of the National Association of Realtors®. The RESO membership currently resides at 40 members including NAR®, multiple listing services, real estate associations and industry technology providers.
The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million Realtors® involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Information about RESO is available at or visit NAR® at

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Travis Wright, executive director

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