Despite holding dozens of expensive meetings in hotels and resorts across the country, 2016 generated almost no forward progress with respect to making the MLS a positive and contributing factor in the industry.
To turn a popular phrase, I think it’s fair to say that all of us in the industry have learned that, if the brokers are happy, the rest of us will find harmony in the industry attainable. The problem is for too long we ignored broker frustrations for whatever reasons. Now, we want to cooperate and address those issues that upon examination make sense logically, financially and from an industry perspective.
“Consumer-available” real estate listing data has become the golden ticket in today’s real estate marketplace. It is the foundation upon which all of the wealth, health and future of this industry is based.
In a series of stunning moves starting with the 2014 Core Standards strategy, NAR broke the mold on 100 years of cozy relations with Realtor associations and multiple listing services and moved organized real estate directly onto a path that will promote everyone’s best business interests.