Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)

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Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

More listings in MLS?

Jul 14, 2018 09:27 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Good answers here, Ginger.

Feb 27, 2018 08:16 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

MLS is a profit generation org. They serve the board/owner's ego. They do not consult or have committee formulating. Every so many years they justify the fee increase by crying out their membership is down.  Join to a regional what does a local micro RE agent benefits from it? Nothing.   So you pay national, state, county, city, local neighborhood, brokers and Supra fee. You got little if any left before give another donation to unemployed people who pretend they are sales professionals.  A paid agent shows your listing on Z, Tra, realtor, homes that you should be the only one.  I really do not see anything good coming out a regional org.  Would you want to show homes 200 miles from your home?  

Mar 06, 2015 12:21 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There are no Pros for the individual agent. 
Your broker will love the idea.

The Cons are you will lose control of your MLS.

They will make decisions based on revenue generation (Zillow) and not be responsive to the need of the individual agent. You intellectual properties WILL NOT BE PROTECTED. However, they will package the idea as cost containment suggesting it will save you money. To make it crystal clear to you, this is similar to the words with which you are familiar, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." 

As a REGIONAL organization, your voice will never be heard. You should do all you can to prevent this from occurring.

However, if you are like half of Active Rain participants and have already defaulted to the dark side. It simply won't make any difference....resistance is futile, you willl be must conform.

Courage is not an exhibition of bravery.
Courage is the refusal to conform.

Mar 05, 2015 10:08 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Great answers here, Ginger.

Mar 04, 2018 06:45 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

More exposure to your listings.

Dec 01, 2019 10:26 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

My MLS covers a large region, but that's because we are so rural. We would like to expand it. I don't see a problem with that. With increased membership and revenues, the MLS can offer additional services for very little extra charge. 

Mar 07, 2015 11:31 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

We had the same fight here.  We retained our own MLS and decided to data share with our big neighbors to the North and South.  It has not gone well at all.

Mar 07, 2015 05:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I belong to a regional MLS--we cover two states, at least a dozen counties and have been growing for years. I think the economies of scale for the very small mls's just aren't there these days. Really, the way I look at it is what is the downside?

Mar 06, 2015 04:24 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Depends on your area.  We are regional because of the vast area of rural properties.

Mar 06, 2015 03:30 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Ginger, I guess it would depend which of the consolidating MLS boards has the most pull.  Right now I don't see many benefits as another MLS board has great influence and we have had to cow tow to them with listing forms and our mls sheet and it has been a major NEGATIVE!

Supposedly our fees were to go down because of increased buying power but that has NOT happened yet. 

A POSITIVE that I can see is many of these MLS boards are spread clear across our state so anyone looking to buy a "kiddie condo" for their kids going to Purdue University would now be plugged into the MLS search and that would help our listing agents of these properties.

Mar 05, 2015 11:22 PM