Cures for MLS disorder

Data-sharing and consolidation can heal overlaps, paper suggests

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — There are several possible cures for overlapping market disorder, a condition afflicting multiple listing services in markets across the country, according to a discussion paper prepared by an industry consultant with support from a group of MLSs.

Overlapping market disorder describes situations in which an MLS’s boundaries overlap or are adjacent to another MLS, leading brokers and agents to subscribe to multiple systems in all of their operating areas.