MLS & Associations

Does the MLS limit progress?

Two sides of one heated debate hashed out the question. Who won?
  • Are MLSs innovative? One side says no -- too much red tape and bureaucracy.
  • The other side said yes -- they create the structure through which innovation can take place.

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NEW YORK -- What's an Oxford-style debate? It's a competitive debate format featuring opposing sides with a clear winner chosen at the end. And at Inman Connect New York, the two sides of this particular Oxford-style debate examined whether the Multiple Listing Service limits progress. (Moderator David Charron, CEO at MRIS, wanted to name the debate, "Does the MLS kill progress?" However, he was overruled.) The panelists: Greg Robertson, co-founder of W&R Studios, and Rob Hahn, managing partner at 7DS Associates, took the "yes, the MLS does limit progress" side. Celeste Starchild, the senior vice president of professional software at Move, and Chris Carrillo, CEO at CRIS Regional MLS, argued the "no, the MLS does not limit progress" side. The opening summary Robertson decided to start off his summary with his own version of a rap battle, which included lines such as, "There's too many of you -- you might need to cut back" and "It's not about cooperation or compensation -- ...