Three large multiple listing services in Northern California have agreed to share real-time property listing information in a move that aims to ease data access for the 40,000 agents using the MLSs. The three MLSs are Bay Area Real Estate Information Services in the North San Francisco Bay, MetroList Services serving the Northern California Central Valley, and San Francisco Association of Realtors, serving San Francisco and the northern peninsula. Agents from these organizations will be able to access property listings in 14 counties with a population of 5.6 million people. "This MLS data-share venture is noteworthy to the brokerage community because it will provide access to substantially more data in an efficient and easy-to-use manner," said Matthew Borland, president of the SFAR and managing partner of Zephyr Real Estate. Quattro, the name of the new service, will merge listing information from the three MLSs into a common data set and enhance the ability of real es...
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