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Minnesota MLSs form data-sharing co-op

System allows participants to share property information

Fourteen Realtor associations, representing 10 regional multiple listing service providers and the bulk of residential for-sale listings in the state of Minnesota, have announced the creation of a data-sharing system. The Data-Sharing MLS Co-op system is a Web-based property-search tool that allows members of the systems to find properties throughout most of the state without the need to join multiple MLSs and pay multiple membership fees, according to an announcement by the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. The regions served by the co-op include areas surrounding Duluth, Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Willmar, St. Cloud, Faribault, Mankato, Fairmont, New Ulm, Windom, Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Rochester, Winona, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, and Western Wisconsin. The Fergus Falls area will be added next month. "The data-sharing co-op extends the reach of information about sellers' properties to interested buyers across the state," said Todd Shipman, 2006 president of...