MLS & Associations

Mining the MLS brain trust

CMLS CEO lays out priorities for the year
  • The Council of Multiple Listing Services is focusing on sharing ideas between members this year through a new website and education and training.
  • When it comes to trends like MLS consolidation and big initiatives like Upstream, CMLS seeks to inform its members rather than prescribe specific actions. But CMLS will be submitting recommendations to NAR this year.
  • Some MLS execs will get the chance to present a big idea at CMLS's conference in the fall and CMLS will decide whether to adopt the idea and carry it through.

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The MLS industry is in a state of transition. With new initiatives coming down the pike that could affect MLSs nationwide, priorities for the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) this year come down to one central idea: mining the MLS brain trust. CMLS has about 200 MLS members representing some 1.1 million agents, brokers and other real estate professionals across the country. Chances are, if someone sold a home last year, it was sold through an MLS belonging to CMLS. The organization rewrote its mission last fall from "To successfully act as the premier forum and resource for Multiple Listing Service associations" to: "To bring the real estate industry together and explore issues, provide solutions, advance multiple listing services, and build a better marketplace." To that end, CMLS's priorities this year revolve around sharing ideas between members. CMLS on MLS consolidation and Upstream CMLS will be providing recommendations to the National Association of Real...