On February 15, the team completed all on-site Discovery meetings with each of the 16 brokerage firms and five MLSs in our first pilot. This allowed us to finalize the business rule assessment, workflow documentation, training and customer support models. Armed with this information, the team completed these upgrades preparing to scale massively:
The team continued Discovery meetings in the seven selected Phase II Pilot markets:
Sprint 13 is scheduled for release on March 8. Refinement of support for OData querying of the “flat” listings resource continues as we test against the RESO Web API 1.0.3 specification.
We continue to make progress behind the scenes on the administrative dashboard for Upstream brokerages, authorized MLS staff, and RPR support staff. Admin development is a multi-sprint effort; the team is engaged in building out the administration of business entities in the system, including agents, teams, offices, firms, and associated staff users.
No headcount changes or additions. We are running lean!
To better align with our MLS partners, the board will vote on the creation of a new "member group" at our next Board of Managers meeting. Currently, to become a member, which allows you to select a board representative, you must be a brokerage. The creation of a new MLS member type will pave the way for participating MLSs to have representation on the Board of Managers.
NOTE FROM THE CEO
This has been an exciting month as "conference season" kicked off. I'm seeing increasing support and excitement as we addressed brokerages at the Keller Williams, RE/MAX and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World conferences. I’m encouraged as questions have shifted from “What is Upstream?” and “Why do we need it?” to “When will it be live?” and “How do we get involved?”
We seek to create efficiencies by reducing redundant entry, help brokers distribute deliberately by giving them control over who can access their data and inspire innovation by removing artificial barriers when the broker allows.