The Benefits of AMP™

The mission of RPR’s Advanced Multi-List Platform™ (AMP™) is to help MLSs of all sizes to expand the type, quantity, and quality of tools and applications offered to their subscribers. What drives AMP’s innovative technologies—which are leveraged by the same technologies that support RPR’s nationwide, parcel centric database—can be summed up in two words: choice and flexibility.

AMP™ provides MLSs with the flexibility needed to offer multiple customized applications to their subscribers by lowering the traditional barriers to entry for software developers, and opening opportunities for companies that have not previously been invited to offer their products to the industry. MLSs can then offer a vast library of applications to their subscribers without the need to make bulk purchases on their behalf.

But what does that all really mean? And what’s it in for each stakeholder according to his/her MLS role?

In this four-part series, we will walk through the issues from the perspective of each stakeholder. We’ll begin with an overview of the AMP architecture and its positioning in the landscape of MLS technology, then drill down to the benefits for each of the stakeholders, starting with brokers and agents, moving onto Associations and MLSs, and concluding with vendors, both new and traditional.

The New Landscape of MLS Technologies

Computing has transitioned to a Cloud-based system and real estate is moving right along with it. With advances in application hosting, data storage capacity, interconnection speed, and the advent of app stores, the time is right to rewrite traditional assumptions about MLS technology.

AMP does exactly that by moving beyond the traditional, restrictive one-vendor/one-market models to a more diverse, flexible, and productive marketplace.

MLS systems of today are integrated platforms bundled into one gigantic application provided by a small number of specialized vendors. In these legacy systems, the front end inextricably links to the back end. Every MLS system is similar yet very different, even when provided by the same vendor.

This proprietary database structure and lack of open access make it difficult for independent software developers to connect to these systems without exporting all of the listing data and querying it from their own servers.

AMP™ is a new way of looking at MLS system architecture

AMP allows a multitude of choices for agents, brokers, and MLS administrators that they’ve never had before. By breaking apart the database from user applications (called the user interface), AMP provides a back-end database that any number of non-native applications can access– achieving true front end of choice for users.

What makes this all possible is that AMP’s property-centric database has a set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow MLS-licensed technology companies to use MLS data for its products and services.

So we know what AMP is designed to do; now let’s turn to what AMP is not designed to do:

  • AMP is not an MLS provider
  • AMP does not replace the function of the MLS in facilitating cooperation and compensation between participants
  • AMP does not replace the oversight and management of the participant’s data by the MLS staff

Next Steps …

In part two of our series, we will examine the benefits agents and brokers can expect to receive from AMP.
Questions? Want to learn more? You will find a wealth of information about AMP on our blog at http://blog.narrpr.com/amp. Or send an email to AMP@narrpr.com.

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