Video: An App Store for real estate?

A few months back, FBS, a provider of MLS software, announced it was working on something called the Spark Platform.

It sounded like a big deal. A single API for over 120 MLSs. Standardized data. Broad agreement on terms of use. A developer’s dream.

And the biggest deal of all: A real real estate app store.

If successful, the Spark Platform promises to dramatically lower the barriers to software innovation in real estate, which has been severely limited in the past by a fragmented, often provincial MLS ecosystem.

But this is by no means a slam dunk, technically or politically. I have questions, particularly around the role of brokers in this initiative.

With launch imminent, I sat down with Mike Wurzer, President of FBS, to dig into the matter.