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CARETS puts brakes on new members

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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.Under the agreement, announced in June, calREDD was supposed to be allowed to join CARETS once calREDD became a functioning MLS (see story).CalREDD -- which stands for California Real Estate Dynamic Data -- launched in August with three Northern California MLSs contributing listings. Although one MLS subsequently dropped out, calREDD has yet to be granted CARETS membership, even though it expects to have 10 MLSs onli...