Webhooks bring push notifications to real estate data feeds
Newport Beach, CA (November 9, 2022)
Constellation1, a leading provider of real estate technology and data services, has become the industry leader in implementing the Real Estate Standards Organization’s (RESO) new standard, webhooks, an improvement to the delivery and availability of data across the real estate industry.
New and updated data is currently requested using a method known as polling, which takes place at timed intervals and involves the client requesting new data from the provider’s server, whether new data is available or not. When polling was implemented in the industry more than 15 years ago, the standard was polling every 15 minutes. Since then, polling has become a strain on providers as the need for real-time data has skyrocketed.
The launch of webhooks lets clients receive push notifications that are automatically generated and sent through the API whenever new data, such as a new listing or price change, is available. It eliminates the need for clients to frequently request if new data is available.
“Webhooks let clients access real-time MLS data and sets a new standard for reliability and scalability the industry hasn’t seen before,” said Andrew Binkley, President of Constellation1. “As a center of data excellence, we’re pleased to bring this new RESO standard in data delivery to the industry.”
“RESO creates efficiency for all participants in real estate transactions. The development of push notifications and webhooks will decrease costs and increase speed for consumers and professionals alike. We are grateful for our member organizations like Constellation1 who move the industry forward with these kinds of standards-based innovations,” said Sam DeBord, CEO of RESO.
The implementation of webhooks will allow for faster data speeds, fewer errors due to request overload, access to self-serve subscription models, cost savings on infrastructure, and better data delivery and service to customers.
Constellation1 initially launched webhooks as a pilot project, and RE/MAX was one of the organizations that took part in that initial test phase.
“When Constellation1 reached out to me and described what they were testing, I was intrigued,” said Dan Troup, Director of Data Operations and Strategy for RE/MAX. “Webhooks and Simple Notification Service (SNS) are nothing new, however, applying them to real estate data replication is. I was happy to test this proof of concept with Constellation1 and validate event-based communications could have a future as a RESO standard.”
The implementation of webhooks reinforces Constellation1’s ongoing commitment to providing top-tier data quality and services. Constellation1 is recognized in the industry as a preferred provider of real estate technology.
Constellation1 is a long-term partner to the real estate industry and provides front office, back office and data services to real estate brokerages, franchises, MLSs and Associations across North America. Constellation1 is your source for real estate technology. Constellation1 is a division of Constellation Web Solutions Inc., and its subsidiaries, and is part of Constellation Real Estate Group. For more information, visit constellation1.com.
About Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO)
RESO provides the foundation for streamlined real estate technology through the creation and certification of standards. Our member organizations include MLSs, brokerages, REALTOR® associations and technology partners serving more than one million real estate professionals. reso.org