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How MLS consolidation creates opportunity

Brokers are no longer taking a back seat
  • Brokers are no longer leaving others to run MLSs without their input. Mergers may stave off a comeuppance for MLSs.

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NEW YORK -- Some in the real estate industry believe the industry's MLSs are due for a comeuppance. Still others see it coming and want do what they can to adapt before they're knocked over by it. Three such forward-thinkers spoke to Inman Publisher Brad Inman at Inman Connect's CEO Connect today. "Is the MLS industry under seige?" Inman asked. "I think it's our turn in the barrel," whether that was caused by technology or consumer preferences, said MRIS President and CEO David Charron. MLS consolidation has been stymied by "human and political" factors rather than technology, he said. In the past, "the brokers abdicated their responsibility as it relates to MLS to others while they went off to run their business," leaving the MLS to be run by "lots of other well-intentioned people." Now, that tide has turned, he noted. Brokers didn't pay attention then because they didn't feel they needed to, saidĀ Joan Dockter, president of Philadelphia-area Berkshire Hathaway Ho...