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Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors buys East Bay Regional Data

More consolidation of MLS on the horizon
  • Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors assumed management of East Bay Regional Data on April 1.
  • Merger impacts brokers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
  • No changes are foreseen to happen in the future with either company.

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The Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors (OBAR) has become the sole owner of East Bay Regional Data (EBRD), a subscriber-based MLS. "It's been a very smooth process," said DaVina Lara, 51, managing CEO of EBRD and current CEO of OBAR. " has been a regional MLS for quite sometime and we just realized the regional structure wasn't working anymore." Upon coming to that conclusion, the three associations, Oakland Berkeley, Alameda and Delta, came to a buyout agreement. What started with conversations in November of 2015 will be finalized in September of this year. OBAR has been acting in managerial responsibilities since April 1. Gustavo Rodriguez will relocate from Chihuahua, Mexico, to the Bay Area to step in as director of operations. Troy Staten, EBRD board chairman, said that there would no changes to the current MLS operating system. The front end will remain the same and the same services will be provided. As far as what to expect down the road, Staten pointed...