"MLS In Your Face" at Association Execuitive Institute in Colorado Springs

Jan 12, 2009 Michael Wurzer

I’m on a panel called “MLS In Your Face” at the Association Executive Institute meetings in Colorado Springs, March 20-24 (my panel is on Monday, March 23).  The description of the panel provided by NAR provides:

MLS in Your Face
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Marilyn Wilson-Lund, Founding Partner, WAV
Group, Arroyo Grande, CA

Panelists: Errol Samuelson, President, REALTOR.com,
Top Producer Systems and the Enterprise, Richmond, BC,
Canada; Mike Wurzer, President and CEO, FBS Data
Systems, Fargo, ND

This panel will share with you the most recent endeavors
to display MLS listings on a public-facing website. You’ll be
introduced to new and innovative websites, blogs, and other
2.0 Web formats that invite public and REALTOR® feedback
on members and listings. Learn what is happening with the
exposure of the MLS listing content to the public, the legitimate
and improper uses of MLS listing content, and an explanation of
websites that are destination, channel, and more.

Honestly, I’m aware of very few “Web formats that invite public and REALTOR® feedback on . . . listings.”  There are several agent rating sites out there, but listing rating sites?  When Redfin tried this, they got in trouble.  The only sites I can think of that even ask for comment on specific listings are Zillow, Trulia, and FranklyMLS.com (I thought dwellicious might do this but, in checking today, I had to login first, so I don’t think it’s public comment).  Anyone else know of any other sites inviting public comment on listings?

Of course, plenty of sites allow visitors to ask questions of the agent, but those questions or comments are not public.  Also, there are listings portals, such as flexmls Web, that allow for consumers and agents to discuss listings in private but that’s quite different than discussing the listings in the public. What are your thoughts on public comment on listings?  How about rating listings?

Lastly, what are your favorite agent rating sites?