Statewide MLS?

Real Estate Agent with Lake and Lodge Realty LLC

Statewide MLS?

Our Association of Realtors recently joined forces with SWMRIC, which is a multi Board MLS system services most of West Michigan. At first the lure of all the new listings and more so the exposure for our listings sounded good. Especially the little "tax info" button that would give us Property tax info along with legal descriptions, SEV's and other tax related info. Now we have bee in the system a while I am seeing where maybe we should have thought things through a bit. While we are now part of a Multi Board MLS we are still governed by our individual Boards so there is no single set of rules for us all to live by. For instance in our Board it is not allowed to put agent info in the public remarks section as it would give an unfair advantage to the list agent. IN a Multi-Board system some are allowed others aren't, so to sum it up, when I send MY clients listings from those Boards the listing agent and contact info is right there for the client to see but my listings cannot include such info. Doesn't seem too equal does it? The Tax info button also turned out to be better on paper. It is year old information and even the legal's could have changed in a year so the button does nothing more than a year old plat map. Think long and hard before you lobby for a multiple Board MLS. Without a single set of rules for all to follow it is not the green grassed pasture it sounded like. Best of luck in all you do.

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Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Interesting.  Arguments on both sides.  But since we are bound by our code of ethics to practice in our expertise -- is access to far-flung MLS listings really going to help us -- or our clients?

May 04, 2010 02:27 AM #1
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

We are considering the same thing in Louisiana. Not sure I would want/ feel qualified to service a listing three hours away.

May 04, 2010 05:19 AM #2
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Good point Richard and think long and hard before voting for Doug.

May 04, 2010 11:45 PM #3
Joshua Zargari
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good post!

May 05, 2010 03:32 AM #4
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