California Realtors approve plan for statewide database and MLS

Local associations will have option to join new MLS

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