Although the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee Meeting did not begin until 9:00 am, the first member of the audience, Les Sulgrove of Des Moines, arrived at 7:25 am. The event was expected to be standing room only, as talk about public facing websites, data accuracy, and the relationship between brokers and the MLS has been the buzz for months in publications and real estate groups online.
In the end, the promise of standing room only came to pass, but there were no fireworks and only a few words from the audience, including one passionate comment with the opinion that public facing websites are in competition with a broker’s own website, as well as a reminder that the relationship of the MLS should be directly with the broker and not with the consumers.
The committee members were largely silent. The panel discussion offered a good exchange of opinion. A group of brokers and MLS executives discussed issues that impact the relationship between the MLS and their participants, including a concern about too many MLS’s with different policies and multiple data sets.
Les Sulgrove, who had the best seat in the audience, described the meeting as “surprisingly unremarkable.”