Thought I'd put a post out there mainly for feedback from fellow Realtors across the nation.
Here in Missoula we've been long time FNIS Paragon clients, to the north of us the Northwest Montana board has recently switched to FBS Flex, as has the board to the south of us. We tend to have a lot of market cross-over that leads to some headaches with compensation, showings, etc. A solution our state has been trying to work out has been a data-share between boards.
Currently if Missoula and our two neighbors were to share data, we'd have three options (there's probably more, but three basic options):
1. Read-only, non-compensation feed. This feed is accessed through a separate site, with no offer or intention of compensation. This practically exists right now, there is no cost, however there's little advantage as well.
2. A regional data share, with compensation. Possibly a single-entry web portal, that you can pull up all active listings from all three boards, and there is compensation. This seems like the best fit, the three boards would remain intact, we'd share data, and get more exposure for our listings. The issue at hand here is the two different vendors, and can we come up with a solution that works for all three of our boards without having to do a costly data conversion.
3. A single MLS, as we'd say in Montana, "Around here, thems' fightin' words." While the most convenient, I can't imagine this being an easy solution. At this point, it's not really an option.
So I'm curious Active Rain readers/posters - what does your board do, and how do you like it? For those of you who have a data-share of some sort, how has it worked, and what do you like and dis-like about it? Also I'd love feedback from FBS and FNIS users about their likes/dislikes in each platform.