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MLS Merger coming in CA

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English

East Bay MLS
Bay Area MLS
Metro List
REIL
San Francisco

A handful of the largest MLS’s in the state of California are seriously considering a massive merger that would bring together over 70,000 real estate agents under one MLS system. The positive of this is that sellers will have massive exposure all throughout the north central area of California. Agents in Oakland will now have access to detailed MLS data for properties outside of their immediate area, for example, San Francisco, Sacramento, etc.. and vice versa…. I personally support this merger because of the benefit it will bring buyers and sellers in the immediate future. It will be interesting to see if and when this merger takes place. In the past, mergers like this are typically delayed because many “local brokerages” strongly protest. These local brokerages do not want the barriers that protect their high commissions to come down. By allowing outside brokerages to compete for local business, local traditional brokerages will face increasing competition for listings/business.

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