5 MLSs, 1 county: SmartMLS advances consolidation in Connecticut

Consumers expect that agents are able to access a complete inventory of properties for sale, MLSs say
  • Of the five MLSs that serve the most populous county in Connecticut, two have decided to merge to form 'SmartMLS.' MLS consolidation can offer increased efficiencies for agents and consumers and, over time, better economies of scale.
  • Small MLSs may offer a flatter structure where agent voices can be heard, though larger entities have the advantage of financing to support technology enhancements or other member requests, according to one broker.

If real estate agents and brokers want to do business in all of Fairfield County, Connecticut, they are virtually required to join more than one multiple listing service. Five MLSs cover the county. Five.