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They are two MLS's in neighboring counties. They are not exact geographical area, except for the county border areas, and many agents and brokerages sell across county lines, which is fine, it doesn't matter if a listing gets sold by an agent from a different county, as long as it sells. The data encompasses all listings, Active, Under Contract, Expired, Withdrawn, Sold, etc. If you don't belong to both MLS's, you don't access to all of the above data in both areas. The FIND product alleviates most of that, which is why our Board decided to offer it to our membership, to provide them with more data and alleviate the costs associated with being part of two MLS's.
Jeff Beck We have competing MLS's in our county, one is broker owned for profit and the other is Board owned and non profit. When you have a for profit broker owned MLS, their main goal is to make money instead of looking out for the best interests of, and supporting their membership. It is only logical, if you are for profit, your goal is to make money, not to give service to your membership. In my opinion, an MLS, local baord, State Association and National Association should have a goal to give support their members, not a goal to make a profit off of their membership. In our case, the for profit MLS is clearly running their MLS more to make money then to support their membership, and to me all of these organizations should be more concerned with that then making a profit.
Just remember it can't last forever. They're already forecasting the "flood" of sellers coming who want in on this who will consequently cause a supply/demand balance and therefore a leveling off point.
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 :)