CARETS puts brakes on new members

Southern California listings alliance cites technical issues

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Citing technical issues, a group of Southern California multiple listing services that have formed an alliance to pool listings data have put a temporary freeze on admitting new members — including MLSs that have signed on to a statewide MLS initiative backed by the California Association of Realtors (CAR).

The decision by Southern California MLSs participating in CARETS to stop admitting new members for six to nine months doesn’t doom an agreement made last year, in which CAR’s planned statewide MLS, calREDD, was to become a CARETS member, officials with both efforts said.