Two of the nation's biggest MLSs will start offering their shared broker members a combined listing data feed by this spring, as part of a move to join forces. In September, MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. based in Rockville, Maryland) and TREND (The Delaware Valley Real Estate Information Network Inc. based in the Philadelphia area) announced their intention to merge and usher in the "next era of MLS." In November, MRIS and TREND's consolidation project, "MLS Evolved," gained ground when the Schuylkill County Board of Realtors joined the fold. Now, MRIS and TREND will offer brokers that belong to both MLSs a combined data feed for their IDX (Internet data exchange), broker back-office and other data needs. Coverage area map for MRIS, TREND and neighboring MLSs "When brokerages operate across multiple marketplaces, they must aggregate information from multiple data feeds, apply the appropriate display rules for each MLS, and pay redundant technol...
- By spring, MRIS and TREND will release the first product of their MLS Evolved merger project: a combined listing feed for brokers that belong to both MRIS and TREND.
- The feed -- and eventually, the merger -- will reduce costs and hassles for brokers currently belonging to both MLSs, MRIS and TREND say.
- Complete consolidation between the two MLSs will also bring access to listings over a larger territory in one place and, potentially, fewer MLS and association fees.