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data_sharingThe CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) recently convened a roundtable of industry experts on the topic of the Multiple Listing Service and data management issues. The highlights of the roundtable are outlined in a new whitepaper issued by the Center for California Real Estate, an institute from C.A.R. dedicated to intellectual engagement in the field of real estate.

C.A.R.’s CEO Joel Singer moderated the panel, and was joined by Ann Bailey, founder and president of the consulting firm Pranix, Inc.; Robert Bailey, owner/broker of Bailey Properties, Inc.; David Charron, chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc.; and Dale Ross, chief executive officer of Realtors Property Resource®, LLC.

The timing of the roundtable coincided with a major announcement from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) about its decision to fund a joint project between NAR subsidiary Realtors Property Resource® (RPR) and a broker-backed initiative called Project Upstream. This project served as an important backdrop to the roundtable’s discussion.

During the roundtable, panelists discussed the state of the MLS, the future of the real estate industry, the potential success of RPR’s Advanced Multi-list Platform (AMP™), limitations imposed by the industry’s infrastructure with respect to efficient data sharing, and the potential game-changing effect of Project Upstream.

“C.A.R. has long been a leader in terms of advancing efforts to consolidate the vast number of MLSs,” said C.A.R. Chief Executive Officer Joel Singer. “Members are frustrated with outdated and inefficient technology platforms, and as the state Association, we need to ensure that the industry stays competitive in the sphere of technology-driven solutions that support the professionalism and businesses of our members.”

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