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Two Ohio MLSs to form single database

New system to launch in January 2009

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Two regional multiple listing services in northeast Ohio, owned by separate groups of Realtor associations, have announced plans to combine property information into a single, shared database. The Centralized Real Estate Information Service (CRIS), with offices in Canton and Akron, and the Northern Ohio Regional MLS (NORMLS), based in Independence, are planning to launch the combined database on Jan. 14. Dubbed the Northeast Ohio Real Estate Exchange (NEOHREX), it will preserve the two MLSs as separate entities while using standard MLS rules and data fields for the shared database and eliminating the need to join both MLSs. Multiple memberships and associated fees are often cited as an impetus for regional and even statewide MLS collaborations. There are several examples of data-sharing and consolidation efforts among multiple MLSs in the Northeast and in California, among other areas, including a plan by the California Association of Realtors to establish a statewide pro...