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California Realtors approve plan for statewide database and MLS

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Directors for the California Association of Realtors on Saturday approved the creation of a statewide real estate data-sharing effort that local Realtor associations could choose to use as a statewide multiple listing system. "It gives us the opportunity to get all of the data throughout the state into one database and then allow associations and MLSs to decide whether they want to use it as their MLS database or use it just as the aggregation portion," said Gary Thomas, a real estate broker who is a former president of the state Realtor group and leads an MLS Working Group that was appointed in 2005 to study MLS issues and develop a vision for the state's system of MLSs. The MLS Working Group had proposed three options for consideration by the association's board, including an option to pursue a database that preserves the existing network of MLSs in the state and an option to create a unified MLS that serves Realtors throughout the state. The selected option has been dubbed a hybrid ...