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ITSO to host second Ontario-wide meeting to streamline fragmented MLS data access in province

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On November 26, Information Technology Systems Ontario (ITSO) is holding a second Ontario-wide meeting for Ontario real estate association leaders to discuss options for increasing access to MLS data.

The organization believes “realtors should have access to all data (from the province’s seven MLS systems) so that they can do their jobs and appear professional in the eyes of consumers.” Allison McClure, executive director, feels this access will improve professionalism in the industry along with the profession’s public image.


Options for increased data access


A solution for access to province-wide data will be presented by Corelogic. PropTx will also present its MLS services as another solution.

These options include allowing each association to maintain its own corporate identity, local presence and ownership of its data. ITSO believes there’s no need for associations to be forced into or rush into amalgamations simply to gain access to data.


The call to action


The organization is seeking support from the leaders of Ontario’s realtor associations. Its hope, as a result of the meeting, is for the industry to have an action plan that will provide all Ontario realtors with the MLS data access they need.


Representation so far


The meeting will be co-facilitated by Trevor Koot, CEO of the British Columbia Real Estate Association, and Alan Tennant, CEO of the Calgary Real Estate Board. Trevor brings a deep perspective on navigating several amalgamations in B.C. Alan has great insight from the work he has done in moving Alberta towards a mostly province-wide MLS system.

Currently, 100 people will be attending, representing 23 out of the 29 boards and associations in Ontario. As well, several brokers of record and broker-owners from large brokerages will share their perspectives on how multiple MLS systems with different rules, fields and input forms affect their operations.


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