‘Pre-nup’ fight scuttles merger of Colorado’s two largest MLSs

REcolorado and Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) began “complex and highly charged” merger talks in March 2017 on the heels of a declined acquisition proposal and a terminated data share. 

The bold plan to rebuild the tech behind property listings across the US

Eight of the nation’s largest multiple listing services have committed to taking decisive steps toward streamlining the delivery of listing data for real estate agents and brokers.

Arizona Regional MLS and Wisconsin’s Metro MLS team up from across the country

“Our markets are not contiguous, but our energy, approach and overall vision of service do overlap. Our MLS DNA is similar and lends the ability to accomplish more, quicker and efficiently with a combined effort.”

Ohio’s largest MLS is born as two smaller ones combine

The goal of the newly formed Yes-MLS board of directors is to remove market barriers for their agent and broker members whenever possible …

Decoding the broker/MLS cold war on consolidation

Why is the MLS so misunderstood? This timely question was posed by FBS CEO Michael Wurzer (provider of FlexMLS software), regarding the highly publicized MLS 2018 panel at the California Association of Realtors’ annual meetings …

Redfin clashes with think tank on MLS antitrust

What would happen if the government mandated that real estate brokers make all their listings accessible publicly to everyone online, free-of-charge? It would result in “a tragedy of the commons,” argues Redfin…

MLSs in North Carolina consolidate for cost savings, bargaining power

More and more multiple listing services are listening to the drumbeat of consolidation nationwide. CarolinaMLS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, will acquire the North Carolina Mountains MLS on January 1, …

MLSs ink binding merger deal under pressure to move fast

As Colorado agents and brokers wait impatiently, the state’s two largest multiple listing services (MLSs) have taken a crucial step toward merging …

New step-by-step merger guide tackles MLS dysfunction

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) announced a new toolkit this week at NAR’s annual conference that may help make the bumpy road smoother for MLSs considering consolidating, whether through mergers, data and technology sharing cooperatives, group buying or administrative support agreements …

Mic drop: MLSs heed broker wishes, announce merger deal

AUSTIN — Lauren Hansen concluded this year’s Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) conference by urging her fellow MLS execs to “be the change” they want to see in the real estate industry. She led by example …