Anyone know how to address the monopoly of the local mls boards to help curtail the charges to REALTORS?

Asked by Fran Horton, Oklahoma City, OK Tue Dec 16, 2008

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Phill Slocum, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Thu Jan 22, 2009
Hi Fran,
I too share your views regarding the MLS. My Husband and I get a double dose of those MLS Fees, as we are both REALTORS. Only one of us logs on to the MLS. The other one never uses the MLS website, and does not even know how to use the token, yet we have to pay for two because our broker must make sure each of us are signed up and paid our fees for the MLS. I am not complaining about my broker, as she is just doing what the OKCMAR requires. It is really a catch 22, as a licensee we can sell property and all that that entails without being a member of OKCMAR, but we must be under a brokerage. Then in order for the broker to utilize the MLS all licensees are required to be members of MLS, even if one does not even utilize their membership. I whole heartly agree. i feel they should make some changes, especially relating to couples membership to the MLS system addressing the first three years of membership. Give us a break.
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Hugo Torres, Agent, Arcadia, CA
Tue Dec 16, 2008
Heidi, I have read your response a few times over and I like it more and mear each time. I concurr with your sentiments.
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Heidi Everett, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Tue Dec 16, 2008
This is the leist expensive business to start and the fees that we pay are very low. I apreciate that it costs a lot to run and maintain an MLS and a Board of REALTORs and will gladly pay any amount that is necessary to do so in a professional way. Our fees are less than $1300.00 per year total and that is 1 small closing per year or $110.00 per month. I respectfully disagree that we pay to much, we simply pay what it costs. There is always the board election and anyone wanting change can run.
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