Hey SC agents, what do you think about a statewide MLS?

Asked by Marika Kary, Summerville, SC Wed May 25, 2011

I remember a few months ago, our local MLS board (Charleston) sent out a survey asking opinions on a statewide MLS system. Honestly, I know I would stink at selling properties in Easley as I have never set foot in the town and prefer to refer that listing/buying lead. For me, I just don't see the point. I want to know other agents opinions on a statewide system . . .

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Suzanne MacD…, Agent, Succasunna, NJ
Wed May 25, 2011
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I don't know about South Carolina, but I wish we had one here in New Jersey! I was just forced to join an MLS that I want nothing to do with. They live to fine realtors to fund their website and their rules are unreasonable. They search the other MLS systems to find agents whose broker is a member of their MLS and then fine the broker for failing to put the listing on their website, which then forces agents to join when they do not want to and find absolutely no value in joining.

My license is good anywhere in the State of New Jersey, so why do I need to join multiple MLS systems in order to service my sphere of influence, which is extensive and far reaching due to my past life. I came out of corporate and these folks transfer on a regular basis. They prefer to work with me, someone they know and trust, but in order to help them I am being held hostage! I am with you Marika, one MLS system per state whenever possible!
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Cindy Kidd, Agent, Columbia, SC
Wed May 25, 2011
I think it's a diservice to our clients. The market changes rapidly enough in the area where I live that it would, in my opinion, be very difficult for me to do enough research to sell a property in Charleston or Greenville or Anderson.

I think not referring it to someone familiar with the zoning changes, school lines, etc is just setting yourself up for the possibility of getting sued for lack of due diligence to our clients.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Wed May 25, 2011
The same thing happened in NH a few years back, i thought i would hate it, i cant possibly sell houses 4 hours a way... but we have the new MLS, and i still dont sell houses 4 hours away but the costs have come down, i only have to belong to 1 mls instead of 3 and the new and exciting features are wionderful to use and parts of neighboring counties that are only 5 minutes away are now accessable all in one place. Hopfully there is the same success in SC for you.
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