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ZipRealty co-founder leads statewide MLS effort

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Scott Kucirek, a former executive for a major Prudential brokerage company and for ZipRealty, a high-tech, publicly traded brokerage company, has been hired to lead a statewide multiple listing service initiative launched by the California Association of Realtors. The initiative, called CALMLS, is a nonprofit subsidiary of the California Association of Realtors with a directive to establish a statewide property information database that could evolve as the default MLS system for Realtors across the state. A goal of CALMLS is to eliminate multiple memberships and fees to brokers by allowing access to the entire statewide database through participation in any of the CALMLS member MLSs. About 66 associations and three regional MLSs have signed non-binding letters expressing interest in the CALMLS initiative, the state's Realtor association announced Thursday. There are 70 MLSs in the state. "The multiple listing service is the bedrock of real estate on which so many of th...