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Mid-Atlantic MLSs discuss resource sharing

MRIS, REIN invite other MLSs to join the talks

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The largest multiple listing service in the country and a regional MLS are studying ways to cooperate and share resources, the groups announced this week, and they have invited other MLSs to join the discussions. Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS), which has about 60,000 members in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, has entered into talks with Real Estate Information Network Inc. (REIN), a regional MLS in Virginia, to determine whether there is an opportunity to share content and copyright enforcement programs, among other resources. There are other examples across the country of increasing MLS cooperation, consolidation and data sharing. In California, for example, several San Francisco-area MLSs are forming a unified MLS that will provide a common database and a single membership cost for its users. Also, there is a trend in broker-members pushing MLSs to provide more seamless data exchange between MLSs and ...