Representatives for an assortment of Realtor multiple listing services operating in rural Northern California communities have banded together to discuss common issues, such as the rise of MLS data-sharing and consolidation efforts in the state. Several MLS initiatives within the state and across the country relate to MLS consolidation or data-sharing, and the rural MLSs want to be well-informed about the changes, said Michael Straight, a broker for VIP Properties in Grass Valley, Calif., who is an organizer of the Rural Alliance group. "It's kind of like a horse race. It's a very topsy-turvy world right now in MLS land, and nobody knows quite where it's going," he said. Straight, a former president for the Nevada County Association of Realtors in California, had the idea for the MLS group a couple of years ago, and the group took shape about six months ago. "Typically the rural associations don't have a real strong voice at (the statewide California Association of Realto...
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