MLS & Associations

Thaw in broker, MLS relations? CEO of The Realty Alliance to sit on RESO’s board

Craig Cheatham's participation in MLS data standards initiative could build support from brokerage community

In a sign the nation's largest brokerages are still willing to work with multiple listing services and other industry players, Craig Cheatham, president and CEO of The Realty Alliance, has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors of the Real Estate Standards Organization."We are tremendously excited about him joining us. It will be a really great thing for moving our initiative forward," said Rebecca Jensen, CEO of UtahRealEstate.com and chair of the RESO board.Earlier this month, at the Council of Multiple Listing Services' (CMLS) annual conference, Cheatham put MLSs and Realtor associations on notice that brokers had lost faith in the way the industry is set up and planned to roll out an unspecified "big initiative" to address their concerns with MLSs.The Realty Alliance, which represents dozens of large brokerages nationwide, outlined these concerns in a list of grievances that largely focused on the services provided by MLSs to their members, many of whi...