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California MLS prepares for launch

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Board members for California MLS, a nonprofit, wholly owned subsidiary of the California Association of Realtors, will soon begin the process in selecting a vendor to operate a statewide property information database that could become the default MLS system for Realtors. The CALMLS board, appointed this month by California Association of Realtors officers, has 17 members who are all real estate agents or brokers and is led by Mike Silvas, broker-owner of Napa-based Morgan Lane Inc. Silvas, who had served on an MLS task force for the state Realtor group also served as a member of the board of directors for Real Estate Business Technologies, another subsidiary of the state Realtor association, said CALMLS represents a "historic opportunity" for industry participants. "If we can do this right and we can do this to the benefit of everyone, it should be good for everyone in the state," he said. The state Realtor group announced this month that 61 MLSs and lo...