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In our area, MLS's are pretty much different county by county. Our MLS dues are around $300. That fee includes, among other things, access to FIND and reciprocal data share agreement with our neighboring counties to the south and west. The MLS in question is to our North, and cost roughly the same, but you do not get access to FIND, nor do you get access to the other county that borders us both. So if anyone wants access to their data, they have to pay their MLS dues, roughly the same amount. I don't see how this benefits their membership, which to me is what it's all about, providing value, service and support to membership, not limiting the amount of data that they have access to.
Definitely a step in the right direction. Our Board does not publish names or offenses mostly for the same reasons outlined in the original article. I would love it violators names and the incidents were published, and I agree with the above comments, shame is a powerful deterrent
Jeff - I was a director of and President of a privately owned MLS. I have also served on the BOD of one of the largest MLS in the country, owned by shareholders, who include Associations of REALTORS. - Oh, and I serve on NAR's MLS Issues and Policies Committee. Putting it simply, having years of experience in all of these fronts, You're wrong - not by a little bit, but by a huge amount. Having run one of those you suggest, it isn't as simple as oyu make it seem. The MLS as we know it wouldn't have the structure without Associations, and no local association would by itself, be able to meet all of the challenges faced in our ever changing industry. Additionally, for profit business operate by charging more, not less. It doesn't make sense that they will cost more rather than less? As far as MLS's merging, in our area, we have managed to merge a large number into a regional MLS, and that Trend has been facilitated by the Associations involved.
Mostly I "Sell" myself by showcasing or explaining or demonstrating how my services and experience will help them achieve whatever real estate related goals they have. Once I have their their trust, everything else is focused on realizing their goals, not so much selling as sharing, serving and solving, which includes lots of explanation, demonstration, pros and cons. Cheers.
2 words: Integrity Selling. > We as an industry should be selling with integrity AS should the vendors, but agree, you have to know what your pain points are and like in anything else... commit to improving it. I haven't seen a silver bullet. It all requires work and a commitment to learning. AND if the product is any good, you probably will have to pay for it :)