I wonder the validity of the wisdom that let NAR and the various MLS systems allow third parties to provide our total listing information to the public.
I personally believe that decision has watered down Realtors' ability to have knowledge of who has an interest in their listings.
It has also given licensed agents full information about the MLS listings without having to be Realtors and paying members of MLS.
There is no need to contact the listing agency, the listing agent or, quite frankly, any dues paying member of the appropriate MLS, to learn about the listing.
In reality, while the idea of sharing listings among brokers began in the late 1800s, the formal associations didn't really take effect until the mid-1950s or so.
They became popular and useful in California long before the concept fully took hold in other states.
In fact Realtors in Texas voted down the formation of MLS several times before it finally garnered enough votes to become a reality. Dallas's famous Realtor, Ebby Halliday, is credited with making the sales pitch that brought the winning vote count.
All MLS "chapters" are owned by the members, and their operations are totally paid for by the members. And their use used to be restricted to the dues paying members.
However, that restriction has become more and more watered down.
Even NAR has a gizmo app that lets potential buyers find every MLS listing in any specific neighborhood, without the listing agent or any other MLS agent being able to know about it much less farm and prospect that prospect.
On top of that, we are left to pick up the pieces of the terrible "information" that web services like Zillow throw out there for all to see, and the reason they are able to exist at all is because they are able to post our full MLS listing information.
How and why did this happen?
Keller Williams Dallas Premier
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