Fifty years ago, a group of three managers for real estate multiple listing services met in a hotel room in the state of Washington, forming a regional council that evolved over the decades into a large international group that draws hundreds of MLS industry professionals to its annual conferences. Founded as the Northwest Council of MLS, the group was renamed as the Council of MLS in 1998 to reflect its expanded membership. Though the group does not function as a trade association or a lobbying and advocacy arm for MLSs, participants say the group plays an important role in educating members about current industry events and issues and providing a forum for networking. "Now we've got MLSs from all over Canada and the states coming," said Anne St. Dennis, a former Council of MLS president who serves as manager of communications, industry relations and legal affairs for the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board in the province of Quebec, Canada. A benefit of the organ...
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