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NAR group considers new future for MLSs

MLS executives, brokers to discuss how new system might be structured

Close your eyes and picture a completely new system for sharing property information among real estate brokers. Forget about the current patchwork of about 900 local and regional multiple listing services across the country, each with its own set of rules, standards, and operating and management structure. Forget about the politics and disparate technologies. A National Association of Realtors advisory group will meet for the first time next month to discuss a new vision for the nation's MLS system. Gary Thomas, former president of the California Association of Realtors and an executive at RE/MAX Real Estate Services in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is leading the Future MLS advisory group. Brokers, MLS consultants, MLS executives and a state Realtor association executive officer are among the members of the newly formed group. Laurie Janik, general counsel for the Realtor association, and Cliff Niersbach, vice president of board policy and programs for the association, will serve as staff l...