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 …

Agents and brokers: Weigh in on ‘MLS of Choice’ while you can

Alright, agents and brokers, now’s your chance: If you have an opinion on whether MLSs can require you to pay for their service even if you don’t want it, it’s time to say your piece before it’s too late …

Irked brokers slam forced MLS membership rule

According to the brokers pushing for change, the policy as-is hurts agent recruiting and retention; forces brokers or their agents to pay for MLS services they do not want or find valuable; and discriminates against newer, tech-enabled business models …

Should MLSs force agent membership? NAR policy up for review

Real estate broker-owner Jim Weix received an unexpected letter a year ago from his multiple listing service: If he did not pay subscriber fees for 12 of his 27 agents by August 1, 2016, his firm’s MLS service would be suspended …

National Association of Realtors to work more closely with MLSs

WASHINGTON — Real estate trade groups the National Association of Realtors and the Council of Multiple Listing Services have decided to join forces to hash out the future of the industry. The two groups announced they had signed a cooperative agreemen…