Listing data image via Shutterstock. Some MLSs starting to see realtor.com as just another portal

Some MLSs starting to see realtor.com as just another portal

A multiple listing service serving more than 3,000 members in northern Alabama has decided it will treat realtor.com no differently than third-party portals such as Zillow, Trulia and Homes.com, and is prepared to cut off the flow of listings data ....
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, April 10, 2014
Connelly_Kathie_ICNY_2014 Are 'paper brokerages' the next big thing in real estate?

Are 'paper brokerages' the next big thing in real estate?

Are “paper brokerages” — companies that join multiple listing services in order to access and display MLS listing data online, but don’t provide brokerage services to consumers — the next big thing in real estate? It’s...
By Inman News | Monday, March 31, 2014
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HAR.com first on board as ListHub starts syndicating listings to MLSs

Listing syndicator ListHub will feed listings to public-facing websites operated by multiple listing services, and the Houston Association of Realtors is the first to sign up for the new program, which will expand HAR.com’s coverage area to the...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Home data image via Shutterstock. Nation's biggest MLS will take listing data directly from brokers

Nation's biggest MLS will take listing data directly from brokers

Brokers who belong to the nation’s largest multiple listing service will soon get a capability they’ve long clamored for: the option to upload listing data directly from their own back-end office systems to the MLS. That’s because a...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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ZipForm now a member benefit for Massachusetts Realtors

The more than 19,000 members of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors now have free access to electronic transaction forms software and other tools from zipLogix. The deal with MAR means members will be able to use their association forms with ....
By Inman News | Thursday, March 20, 2014
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2 Tennessee Realtor groups roll out Point2 public MLS sites

Two Tennessee Realtor associations are the latest to take real estate marketing software firm Point2 up on its offer of free, public-facing multiple listing service websites. The two trade groups are at opposite ends of the Volunteer State: the Great...
By Inman News | Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Connecticut MLS chooses Matrix with an eye on cooperation

The Connecticut Multiple Listing Service has chosen CoreLogic’s flagship MLS system, Matrix, to replace its current systems, a move the MLS hopes will leave the door open for future cooperation or consolidation with other MLSs in the state. The...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Yoga on the banks of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La. image via Shutterstock. Baton Rouge Realtors pick Paragon 5 as their new MLS platform

Baton Rouge Realtors pick Paragon 5 as their new MLS platform

The more than 2,500 real estate professionals who belong to the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors are set to get a new multiple listing service platform. The platform, Paragon 5, from Black Knight Financial Services (formerly Lender Process...
By Inman News | Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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MLSs told how to figure out share of 'pocket listings' in their market

How many home sales are taking place outside of the multiple listing service in your market? Clareity Consulting’s Matt Cohen says MLS executives around the country are showing an interest in getting to the bottom of that question, and he’...
By Inman News | Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Home search image via Shutterstock. MRED CEO: Our brokers decide where listings go

MRED CEO: Our brokers decide where listings go

Russ Bergeron, president and CEO of one of the largest multiple listing services in the nation, is fed up, and he wants the world to know it. There seems to be a “constant barrage” of MLSs announcing they will “take ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, March 14, 2014
Screen shot of mls.charlestonrealtors.com home page Charleston Realtors will eliminate public-facing site in MLS transition

Charleston Realtors will eliminate public-facing site in MLS transition

The Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service will get a new MLS platform from real estate technology firm FBS this fall and eliminate its public-facing listing site in the transition. The site, mls.charlestonrealtors.com, has been powered by FBS ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Forget the 'three-headed monster,' let's address agents' poor Web lead response

Real estate agents, broker-owners and multiple listing services are rightfully concerned about two major issues when it comes to syndication to listing portals: data accuracy and an issue that has become known as “the three-headed monster.” Part ...
By Bernice Ross | Thursday, March 13, 2014
Sea of homes image via Shutterstock. Stratus Data Systems, Black Knight top MLS satisfaction rankings

Stratus Data Systems, Black Knight top MLS satisfaction rankings

Multiple listing service platforms from Stratus Data Systems, Black Knight Financial Services, FBS and dynaConnections got top marks from users in an annual survey of MLS executives by real estate consulting firm Clareity Consulting. Others did not f...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Study suggests MLS played little or no role in nearly half of 2013 home sales

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — What’s the fate of multiple listing services, if nearly half of all homes sold last year were never listed in an MLS or were listed only after a buyer had already been lined up? That’s the question ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, March 10, 2014
Homes image via Shutterstock. Listing data errors raise concerns over legal damages, responsibility

Listing data errors raise concerns over legal damages, responsibility

The Combined Los Angeles/Westside Multiple Listing Service (CLAW) decided to delay syndicating its listings to portals such as Trulia and Zillow by 48 hours, while the Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR) took the bolder move to stop syndicating to non-Re...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, March 10, 2014
Showing image via Shutterstock. 4 more MLSs add ShowingTime online scheduling

4 more MLSs add ShowingTime online scheduling

Four multiple listing services representing 17,000 members combined have integrated an online scheduling system from real estate showing management company ShowingTime, allowing members to schedule and manage showings at any time of day directly thro...
By Inman News | Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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Tensions running high over California statewide MLS

Even as the number of multiple listing services that share listing data continues to grow, members of two of California’s biggest MLSs are on the verge of losing access to information about each other’s listings in a spat that highlights ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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NAR's RPR database scores more listings from deep in the heart of Texas

Realtors Property Resource, the national property database owned and operated by the National Association of Realtors, has signed a licensing deal with a Dallas-based multiple listing service that gives RPR access to listing data in one of the nation...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, March 3, 2014