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Regional, statewide MLS efforts proceed in California

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Even as the California Association of Realtors pursues a statewide real estate data-sharing effort that could evolve as a statewide multiple listing service, regional collaborations among multiple listing services are pushing forward with their own plans. June Barlow, general counsel for the state Realtors trade group, said there has been "overwhelming response, covering most of the state," from association leaders who represent most of the MLS subscribers in the state. The approval was conceptual, she said, as the plan for the statewide initiative is still developing. Association directors in October approved the creation of a statewide database that would allow associations and MLSs to choose whether they want to use the new database in place of their MLS database or in conjunction with their existing database. The directors voted to create a nonprofit corporation to oversee the development and operations of the database and MLS system. While MLS collaborative e...