Please Get Permission From The MLS First
This site offers support for developers using the RETS servers FBS provides to customers of its flexmls™ system. This site and FBS’s RETS support is NOT how you get permission to access the RETS server. Instead, permission can only be granted by the MLS. So, if you do not already have permission, you must first contact the MLS, which, in turn, will provide you credentials.
Once you have credentials, this RETS support site can be used to help you use the flexmls™ RETS server for which you have permission. We have tutorials, troubleshooting tips and links to programs and tools to help you. You can also contact FBS’s RETS support team.
What is RETS?
RETS stands for Real Estate Transaction Standard which is a set of documents describing how software developers can program their software according to standards agreed upon by the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). The flexmls™ RETS server provides a private data interface that allows for the communication of real estate data between authorized computer systems. Various free and/or open source RETS programs and tools are available that allow for the easy export and use of this data, and because the flexmls™ RETS server is connecting to the same data source as the flexmls™ Web software that brokers and agents use, data pulled from the RETS server reflects live, up-to-date information.
Once you choose a RETS client (which sends requests for data) and have permission from the MLS, you’re ready to start getting data. If you need further help, we have tutorials, troubleshooting tips and links to programs and tools to help you. You can also contact FBS’s RETS support team.