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Newly formed South Florida Realtor trade group launches BeachesMLS

2 of 3 associations of now-defunct Regional MLS join forces

The new Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and St. Lucie County has launched a multiple listing service for its 11,100 members. The West Palm Beach, Fla.-based association was formed from the merger between two of the three associations that made up the now-dissolved Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. (RMLS). The association will be the second largest in Florida and one of the largest in the country when the merger becomes official on Sept. 1. The launch of BeachesMLS puts a cap on a busy summer for the associations. The three associations that made up RMLS -- the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), the Realtors Association of St. Lucie (RASL) and the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors (JTHS) -- voted to dissolve the MLS in June following the settlement of a lawsuit brought by JTHS against its former partners alleging false and deceptive advertising, unfair competition, and interference with business relationships. As part of the di...