Recently MLSListings, Inc. (formerly REIL) made the decision to unsubscribe to the MLS Alliance. While this was the correct thing to do it created a void for some agents who desire access to listing information in surrounding MLS services. Listed below is information on some arrangements that have been made to assist those agents who would like access to listing in other MLS services.
Peninsula and South Bay agents – If you are a MLSListings, Inc. (formerly REIL) subscriber and would like “read only” access to all MAXMLS (East Bay listings from BayEast MLS, CCAR MLS and EBRDI) listings you may now gain that access by subscribing to BayEast MLS for a one time fee of $50 which will provide you with “read only” access to MAXMLS listings for the remainder of 2008. If you are interested or want more information please contact Bay East Association of Realtors at (925) 730-4060
East Bay agents – If you are a subscriber of BayEast MLS and would like “read only” access to MLSListings, Inc. (formerly REIL and the Central Valley MLS) with listings on the Peninsula and in the South Bay and Central Valley) you may now gain that access by subscribing to MLSListings, Inc. The one time fee is $50 and will provide you with “read only” access for the remainder of 2008. If you are interested or want more information please contact MLSListings, Inc. Customer Service at 1.800.546.5657
If you are a subscriber to CCAR MLS it is my understanding that similar arrangements are not currently available but the Board of Directors will be considering the subject at their upcoming Board meeting.
If you are a subscriber to EBRDI it is my understanding that their Board of Directors has voted against establishing this type of arrangement at this time.
Regardless of which East Bay MLS you belong to there is another option. That option is a full membership in MLSListings, Inc. which would allow you to offer your sellers the ability to market their home to 20,000 Peninsula and South Bay agent subscribers as well as the thousands of buyers who search the MLSListings, Inc. website (www.mlslistings.com ) each month. And by the end of the year your membership in MLSListings, Inc. will provide you with access to virtually all listings in the three other MLS systems listed under “Longer term information” below (virtually all of Metropolitan Northern California outside of the East Bay). The cost is $576 per year. For information call MLSListings, Inc. Customer Service at 1.800.546.5657
Longer term information – In case you didn’t know, four large Regional MLS services in Northern California have agreed to share their data and offer their subscribers full reciprocal MLS services before the end of this year. With this new arrangement as a subscriber of MLSListings, Inc. you will have full access to listing information, including input of your listings for distribution to the 57,000 agents in the system. The four entities will share a single data base and you will only need to pay a single fee (no multiple memberships required). The four participating MLS services in this new system are: MLSListings, Inc. (San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties plus parts of the Central Valley)
SFAR MLS (San Francisco)
BAREIS (North Bay including Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties) and
Metrolist (Central Valley including most of Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and San Joaquin counties)
The three East Bay MLS’s that make up MAXMLS could choose to become a part of this Northern California initiative. If they did, every agent in the Greater Northern California Metropolitan area would have full access to a single data base of all listings without the need for multiple MLS memberships. If you are a member of any one of the East Bay MLS services and feel this would be of benefit to you please let your feelings be known to the Directors of your MLS system.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Larry Knapp, President
Alain Pinel Realtors