There has been a lot of talk going on with regards to the upcoming vote for the local real estate chapters for how they will be receiving MLS service in the future, and I think the discussion and debate has been a good one for the industry. Its been a little testy and times, and I’m sure it will only continue to be as they get closer to their upcoming meetings where they will be voting on this issue. But the dialogue has been interesting, long overdue and I think at the end of the day, the local real estate industry will be better for it.
As Rahm Emanuel is fond of saying: “Never let a good crisis go to waste!”
I personally have not had so many luncheons and dinners, or received so many emails or phone calls, discussing MLS and AMPI procedures and policies, than over the past few weeks. I wish more of the discussion was taking place here, on this blog, in the way of comments to the posts, but it seems many are more comfortable sending private emails or phoning, rather than discussing the issues openly here.
This dialogue was badly needed. More need to get involved and speak out on how they feel about this and ask questions, questions for both sides of the debate. There is still an incredible amount of misinformation and misunderstanding of how MLS systems work and what would be best for the local industry. The upcoming AMPI meetings that will discuss these issues should prove very lively and interesting!