Local MLS a thing of the past?

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Real Estate Agent with Lake Burton Club Realty-Clayton Ga

Our local Rabun County Board of Realtors just passed a vote to change to Georgia MLS.

Till now we have had or own local system.  The thought was only we could list the properties in our county in the MLS system so listing with a local agent was the only sensible solution for a seller.

We thought it a little irresponsible for an agent from another area to list because the local agents would not see it on our MLS system.  Of course, I still believe it makes more sense to list with an agent that lives in the area of your property for sale, but sellers do have a choice.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out but it could open the market both ways in a positive manner.

When the market saw a slow down we saw more traffic from out of town agents bringing in customers to show property in our area but needing the local agent for all of the information.

My guess is when an agents own market recovers they again will be happy to send a client for a referral.

Lets just remember we are all in this together.

Is anyone else seeing their local MLS systems go away?

 

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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

A larger MLS is actually a good thing for the seller.  we keep getting closer to a National MLS.  In our area there are so many teeny little MLS's it is a PIA.  we have been working on Data Sharing so agents can choose an MLS for the format they like... . I think this is a case of bigger is probably better if done right. It will eliminate having to belong to multiple MLS

Apr 08, 2009 06:52 AM #1
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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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I think we may find the mls system changing completely.    It's based on a 20th century model.    The consumer demands such an array of information, even before they will consider calling a realtor, and I don't know that the data input information for the mls is "full enough".

Apr 08, 2009 06:54 AM #2
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Shelly Fisher
Lake Burton Club Realty-Clayton Ga - Clayton, GA
Property Specialist - Lake Burton Club, Rabun County

Robert- yes I agree that is the direction we are heading.  In our area though we still have to belong to other state MLS just because of our location to do business.

Sea to Sky- we are a little slower in our part of the county then most so it will take us longer to catch on.  We have been in a very isolated area for a long time.

I just hope that I can be part of the future in our area and not the past.

 

 

Apr 08, 2009 11:51 AM #3
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Kenneth Bargers
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Nashville, TN

Shelly - In Nashville, we use a broader MLS system that can access multiple counties outside the Nashville's MSA.  It works for us. 

By the way, I looked up www.celebrateclayton.org and I can tell by the images why it is so successful.  All the best - Kenneth

Apr 10, 2009 02:47 AM #4
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Shelly Fisher
Lake Burton Club Realty-Clayton Ga - Clayton, GA
Property Specialist - Lake Burton Club, Rabun County

Kenneth- glad it has worked out.  Change can be good even great.  Thanks for checking out Clayton!

Apr 10, 2009 04:17 AM #5
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
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Hi Shelly, hope your finding the change in your MLS a positive thing by now.  Here in the Raleigh market there is talk of combining several areas (could be the Triad down to the coastal region and Wilmington) into one.  Not sure when that will happen.  We'll see how it settles...

Apr 23, 2009 01:12 AM #6
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Shelly Fisher
Lake Burton Club Realty-Clayton Ga - Clayton, GA
Property Specialist - Lake Burton Club, Rabun County

Our board spent four more hours today going over figures to decide if they still want to move ahead.They again voted to move ahead with a larger MLS.   I believe in my market if times were better our board would fight against such a move.  I am OK with change and know that it can be good.

May 05, 2009 11:54 AM #7
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