Sarasota Realtor Joins MidFlorida Multiple Listing Service! More Exposure For My Listings!

Real Estate Sales Representative with Shirley International Realty Inc


My Listings are now exposed in front of 35,000 Realtors from Orlando to Port Charlotte.. Mid-Florida MLS, corporate headerquarters in Orlando, is a Giant Multiple Listing Service Website that has now replaced our local Sarasota MLS System.. Members of the new System are, Manatee, Tampa, Hillsboro, Greater Tampa, Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte, Englewood, & Port Charlotte, among other smaller noteworthy assocations.. 13 Total Assocations make up this new Multiple Listing Service, so over 35,000 Realtors have Confidential Previewing Capabilities to all of my Listings.. This is great News for My Flat Fee & Full-Service Sellers.. Read on about Sarasota's new membership to Mid-Florida MLS (Multiple Listing Service..)

In 1995, six Central Florida REALTOR® Associations pooled their resources and joined forces to form the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. By doing so, they unified the Central Florida real estate market and made it easier for REALTORS® from across the service area to cooperate with one another. Four years later, the West Volusia Association of REALTORS® joined MFRMLS, and in 2003 the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS® came on board. Now, five Southwest Florida Associations have joined MFRMLS, making our MLS one of the largest and strongest multiple listing services in the country.

MFRMLS is a member-run organization, owned entirely by our shareholder member Associations. Each Association has representatives that WHO serve on the Board of Directors. The number of representatives from your Association is proportional to your Association's size, and every Association has at least two, ensuring everyone has a fair voice in the leadership of the MLS.

The daily operations of MFRMLS are conducted from our headquarters in Orlando, FL. MFRMLS Vice President Joel Cohen has led the MLS through significant growth in the past several years. "We are ready to grow again," Cohen says. "We have assembled an extraordinary team of management, administrative, and support staff that are prepared to pave the way for a smooth transition, and we look forward to providing a service that exceeds the expectations of our new member Associations."

The staff of your local Association also plays an important role in running MFRMLS: they serve as your local MFRMLS Service Center personnel. We are currently giving them the tools they need to support the resources of MFRMLS.

Why Did We Merge All These Assocations into One Giant System?? Read on to Find Out..

Alan Mitchell, 2007 President of the Punta Gorda - Port Charlotte - North Port Association of REALTORS® said, "We had worked for years to create a Data Sharing Alliance among the Associations in Southwest Florida, but we knew it was just a first step. We were impressed with the professionalism and outlook of MFRMLS, and sharing a common MLS with our neighboring associations to the north will be a tremendous benefit for our members."

Louise Bacher, 2007 President of the Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® says, "As an individual Association, we could not offer our members all the software benefits that Mid-Florida will because of its size." Louise also notes that joining MFRMLS will give her sellers more exposure and introduce Englewood to larger markets.

Joe Hembree, 2007 President of the Sarasota Association of REALTORS® says "Forward-thinking REALTOR® Associations nationwide are looking at consolidation of MLS systems. . .the consolidation effort strengthens our technology platform, improves our data exchange, and makes life much easier for our members."

May Aston, 2007 President of the Manatee Association of REALTORS®, is excited about joining MFRMLS. "It is something that our members have wanted for many years," she says, "and it will provide us with many services that would be difficult or expensive to obtain on our own."

Laura Kopple, 2007 President of the Venice Area Board of REALTORS® says that becoming a part of MFRMLS eliminates the need for Venice Area REALTORS® to be members of more than one MLS. "It will unify the local market and provide greater exposure for listings in Venice," Laura said.

Jack Vahey, the current MFRMLS Immediate Past President said, "We appreciate the trust and confidence the Presidents of the new Associations have placed in MFRMLS, and we are looking forward to our new partnership."

The current subscribers of MFRMLS have a lot to gain from the resources and leadership provided by your association. We are glad to have you aboard.

Currently, the MFRMLS member associations include the Bartow Board of REALTORS®, East Polk County Association of REALTORS®, Greater Lake County Association of REALTORS®, Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, Lakeland Association of REALTORS®, Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, Osceola County Association of REALTORS®, and West Volusia Association of REALTORS®. The new member associations include Englewood Area Board of REALTORS®, Manatee Association of REALTORS®, Punta Gorda - Port Charlotte - North Port Association of REALTORS®, Sarasota Association of REALTORS®, and Venice Area Board of REALTORS®.

Justin Shirley
Shirley International Realty Inc.

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