ezRETS is an ODBC driver that connects to RETS servers. It is licensed under an open-source license. It allows ODBC-aware applications, such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Word,) to easily load data from a RETS compliant server using those applications built-in wizards and other tools.
- Provides familiar SQL syntax to search RETS databases.
- Can be accessed by many existing applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, and Crystal Reports.
- Can be accessed from many programming environments, including C++, C#, VisualBasic, and ASP.
- Cross-platform: It runs on OS X, Windows, and Linux.
- 7 Feb 2011: Version 2.7.2 has been released.
- 2 June 2010: Version 2.7.1 has been released.
- 21 May 2010: Version 2.7.0 has been released.
- 30 Nov 2009: Version 2.6.0 has been released.
What people are saying
At the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.), we collect housing data from various sources for the purpose of publishing aggregate statistics on California’s housing market. Several months ago, we collaborated with the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS, whose President is Charles Knapp, to automate our process of collecting data from that Association. For the past several months, we have successfully used ezRETS to query Victor Valley's RETS server. Since then, we have begun using ezRETS for two additional Associations in California.
ezRETS has been running so smoothly for us that we are going to be rolling it out to many more Associations. The benefits of using ezRETS have included less manual work and more timely and complete statistical reports, both for C.A.R. and the local AORs.
Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief Economist
California Association of REALTORS®
The really neat thing for me is that I've been using Filemaker Pro for over 15 years, and in my business have built many layouts and screens on other Filemaker databases that I use regularly. My contracts, contacts, flyers, and even some MLS layout and search screens are all built. I can now transfer this work over to the new tables and with the new Filemaker Scripting have a fairly sophisticated database in short order. Filemaker allows me to automatically open the database upon system launch, go out to the MLS, grab all updates and pull them into my database automatically without any help on my part (all I need to do is get coffee while all this is occurring). I will then have on my laptop, everything I need in regards to MLS data for the day. And since I don't always have a network connection, this is a very nice convenience. There is much more that can be done, but I'm really pleased with this as a start.
Mary Englund, TRC, Principal Broker
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