We seem always to have to explain two things:
- Your MLS does not have to provide MLS data to RPR in order to get public records from RPR. (Though I don't know personally of MLSs using the API who are not licensing data to RPR, I take RPR at its word that an MLS does not need to license data to RPR to use the API.)
- The RPR agreement for its public record API provides none of the assurances you would normally expect from a public records provider. For example, RPR can terminate the agreement and stop providing public records to your MLS without notice; RPR does not warrant non-infringement; your MLS agrees to indemnify RPR, but not the other way round; etc. (See the agreement for the API at: http://blog.narrpr.com/tax-api .)
But if your MLS currently has a public records agreement and wants a source of public records on which it can rely, the RPR API is not a good substitute for a contract with CoreLogic, LPS, iMapp, or one of the other providers out there.