Minnesota’s two largest multiple listing services are merging

NorthstarMLS is joining forces with Southeast Minnesota Realtors (SEMR) to offer lower combined fees to 88 percent of the state’s real estate pros.

Broker Public Portal appoints five new board officers, including chair

Broker Public Portal, a collective, public-facing multiple listing service (MLS), has named five new board officers for the coming year.

ICNY 18 Data: Why is creating a national MLS so difficult?

California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) CEO Joel Singer, NorthstarMLS CEO John Mosey and Bright MLS COO Brian Donnellan take on this hot topic at Inman Connect New York …

Employee death prompts ‘Drive Focused’ campaign at NorthstarMLS

A year ago, MLS administrator Hubert “Hugh”  Skanes-Cady died after a distracted driver rear-ended him while he was stopped on his motorcycle at a highway construction zone. He was …

Is your broker’s technology holding you hostage?

I just love the question: should I use my brokerage’s technology? I see agents who are held hostage by email addresses and domain names that they do not own and held by the belief that it’s the technology they use and probably pay for through the real …

Copyright battle teaches MLSs, tech companies a costly lesson

In the spring of 2012, two MLSs filed copyright infringement suits against the operator of NeighborCity.com, not long after the website updated profile pages for 850,000 agents on the site that featured agent scores and performance metrics based on the…

Tool helps homebuyers find out if they qualify under new mortgage rule

A new tool is available for homebuyers looking for an answer to that all-important question: Will I qualify for a loan? Last month, St. Paul, Minnesota-based NorthstarMLS rolled out TLCengine, a feature its nearly 15,000 agent and broker members can [&hellip …

MLS offers app that shows what it will really cost to own that home

The costs of owning a home extend way beyond monthly mortgage payments. Property taxes, utility bills and commuting expenses are just a few of the other factors that affect the true cost of living in a particular home. St. Paul, …

Nation’s biggest MLS capable of taking listings from The Realty Alliance’s secretive project

The nation’s biggest multiple listing service is one of at least three big MLSs that have the technical capability to accept listings from a hush-hush project to build a national listing database that’s backed by The Realty Alliance, a network …

MLSs grapple with new business model

Companies that join multiple listing services to gain access to MLS listings data but don’t provide brokerage services to buyers and sellers pose a dilemma for MLSs — if they’re aware of the practice at all, an Inman News investigation has found.

So-called “paper brokerages” have cropped up to take advantage of MLSs’ efforts to help their members compete with national listing portals …