Steam locomotive image via Shutterstock. Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Real estate data and technology firm Black Knight Financial Services has signed another multiple listing service to its Paragon 5 platform, bringing the number of real estate professionals the platform serves to more than 210,000. Paragon 5 received ...
By Inman News | 9 hours ago
Halloween image via Shutterstock. Years in the works, .realtor domains will launch by Halloween

Years in the works, .realtor domains will launch by Halloween

Starting Oct. 23, more than 1 million Realtors will be able to sign up for Web addresses with the new .realtor top-level domain, the National Association of Realtors and the Canadian Real Estate Association announced today. After a yearslong applica...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Tech-enabled agent image via Shutterstock. Why MLSs will soon be a lot more friendly to brokers

Why MLSs will soon be a lot more friendly to brokers

Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) has become the first multiple listing service to be certified to the latest data standards from the Real Estate Standards Organization, a nonprofit that aims to foster software innovation and imp...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Binary data image via Shutterstock. LA's MLS no longer delaying listings it provides to nonmember websites

LA's MLS no longer delaying listings it provides to nonmember websites

In something of an about-turn, the Combined Los Angeles/Westside MLS has signed an agreement to send a direct listing feed for its more than 14,000 agent and broker members to Trulia. Earlier this year, the multiple listing service, also known ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Property data image via Shutterstock. MRED sticking with highly rated connectMLS platform

MRED sticking with highly rated connectMLS platform

One of the largest multiple listing services in the nation, Midwest Real Estate Data LLC, has signed a multiyear renewal agreement with dynaConnections Corp. for its highly rated connectMLS platform. MRED has nearly 40,000 subscribers. The Lisle, Ill...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Texas image via Shutterstock. Texas Realtors won't provide member info to competing statewide Realtor site, HAR.com

Texas Realtors won't provide member info to competing statewide Realtor site, HAR.com

The executive board of the Texas Association of Realtors has turned down a request from the Houston Association of Realtors for membership data that would have been displayed on the Houston association’s consumer-facing website, HAR.com. The mo...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 11, 2014
Mobile technology image via Shutterstock. Florida's largest MLS aims to spur mobile innovation

Florida's largest MLS aims to spur mobile innovation

Florida’s largest multiple listing service, My Florida Regional MLS, has moved to a new server with an eye on offering third-party vendors standardized real estate data in real time, a change that could make it easier for vendors to develop .....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, August 7, 2014
Homesnap Homesnap could hold the key to MLS, Realtor dominance

Homesnap could hold the key to MLS, Realtor dominance

MLSs, rightly or not, feel they're under attack from the recent surge of investment capital into startup real estate technology. The Realtor organization, by extension, perceives the potential for an undermined MLS system as undercutting its role in ...
By Sam DeBord | Monday, August 4, 2014
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Nation's biggest Realtor association publishing names and photos of ethics violators

Starting today, the California Association of Realtors begins publishing the names and photos of those who are found to have violated the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its website unavailable to the public. Only real estate ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, August 1, 2014
New job image via Shutterstock. Council of MLSs on the hunt for first-ever CEO

Council of MLSs on the hunt for first-ever CEO

The Council of Multiple Listing Services, a nonprofit trade group whose MLS members represent nearly 1 million subscribers, is in search of its first-ever CEO. Formed in 1957 with three founding members, CMLS now has 234 members, 163 of them ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, July 21, 2014
merger_cover_photo Merger creates 3rd-largest Realtor association in New Jersey

Merger creates 3rd-largest Realtor association in New Jersey

A merger of two local Realtor associations in New Jersey has created the third-largest Realtor association in the state. New “core standards” for associations from the National Association of Realtors were not the original impetus for the...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, July 14, 2014
Ready for battle image via Shutterstock. REDPLAN stockpiling ammo to fight real estate data pirates, patent trolls

REDPLAN stockpiling ammo to fight real estate data pirates, patent trolls

REDPLAN Inc., a nonprofit that launched last year to help real estate organizations safeguard their information from data pirates, is building up a legal reserve fund the trade group says will be used to tackle issues such as intellectual property ....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Screen shot of Mobile Realty Apps’ native edgeMLS app featuring “HomeSpotter” augmented reality capability. Nation's biggest MLS arming members with augmented reality mobile app

Nation's biggest MLS arming members with augmented reality mobile app

The more than 70,000 members of the largest multiple listing service in the nation, California Regional MLS, will soon be able to access their MLS platform from anywhere using a mobile application from app developer Mobile Realty Apps. Mobile access ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
New home image via Shutterstock. Largest Florida MLS adds new-home inventory

Largest Florida MLS adds new-home inventory

The 33,000 agents and brokers who belong to the largest multiple listing service in Florida, My Florida Regional MLS, will soon have access to new-home listings and alerts provided by startup Builders Update. Starting in September or October, the Aus...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
New job image via Shutterstock. Industry heavyweight Russ Bergeron departs MLS giant MRED

Industry heavyweight Russ Bergeron departs MLS giant MRED

Industry heavyweight Russ Bergeron has resigned as CEO and president of multiple listing service Midwest Real Estate Data LLC, which serves close to 40,000 members in the Chicago area. At this time, it is unclear what Bergeron’s next step will ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, June 30, 2014
Georgia image via Shutterstock. Georgia MLS will provide members with tax records from every county

Georgia MLS will provide members with tax records from every county

Georgia Multiple Listing Service is partnering with CRS Data to provide public tax record information from all 159 Georgia counties to its 26,000 members. CRS’ Real Estate Suite will allow Georgia MLS members to evaluate tax assessor informatio...
By Inman News | Thursday, June 26, 2014
ConnectMLS consumer portal tablet screen shot MRED spiffs up online consumer portals with responsive design

MRED spiffs up online consumer portals with responsive design

One of the nation’s largest multiple listing services, Chicago area-based Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED), has incorporated responsive design into the online property portals its members share with their clients. Websites that incorporate r...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, June 19, 2014
Map of area currently served by CARETS. Big MLS data-sharing venture, CARETS, says it can weather loss of 2 members

Big MLS data-sharing venture, CARETS, says it can weather loss of 2 members

The California Desert Association of Realtors has joined the largest multiple listing service in the nation in withdrawing from a joint venture of California MLSs that aggregates real estate listings into a common database. In December, California R...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, June 18, 2014