By Lily Leung, San Diego Union Tribune
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Real estate bloggers in San Diego and elsewhere applauded and booed the San Diego region’s MLS after it said it will allow members to enter their contact information into a new field that could be featured prominently on real estate search sites such as Zillow and Trulia.
The big “if” is whether third-party syndicators including Point2 and ListHub decide to pull in and disseminate the data from Sandicor, the region’s MLS. That’s important because the big real estate search sites use those syndicators. I’ve learned that Point2 officials plan to work with Sandicor, while ListHub’s won’t, at least not right now.
Update 6:19 a.m. Thursday Feb. 9: I’m getting mixed signals from the officials at ListHub (owned by Realtor.com) about whether they are pulling in the extra field from Sandicor, or not. Stay tuned. I’ll get this squared away ASAP.
So what did folks across the web say about Sandicor’s recent decision to try to take more control of its data?
Here’s a sample. (Note: All of these bloggers also weighed in when a local real estate brokerage decided to cut ties with Zillow and Trulia):
…Right now I am standing on my chair and offering a personal round of applause. This was bold and rather creative. Maybe it’s not “No more syndication. Period!” uber-bold, but I can think of about forty reasons why it was a smart middle-ground approach to take. I can start with the simple argument that not all of Sandicor’s subscribing agents and brokers are on my side of the syndication argument and, while I might lack polital acumen, they must be political; I could end with the idea that our MLS would probably have a hard time defending a position of telling us where and with whom we can and can’t advertise our listings.
-From Kris Berg, co-owner of San Diego Castles Realty.
I’m sure this is welcome news for listing agents often frustrated to have listings appear on 3rd party sites appear to be owned by other agents. From a buyer’s agent (selling agent) perspective the news is not as good. The 3rd party sites will likely spend more time getting listing agents to upgrade the listing.
Jeffrey Douglass, owner of San Diego-based RealtyV2.com.
While I am not one to believe that we need to wrest all control and display of listing data away from third-party sites, I don’t see anything wrong with including additional information about the listing brokerage. BUT, if you are a home buyer, think about why you’d want to work with the home seller’s agent. The seller’s agent has THEIR best interest in mind, not yours. If you are buying a home, work with a buyer’s agent that will have YOUR best interests in mind.
-From Jay Thompson, also known as the Phoenix Real Estate Guy.
Am I missing any other blogs? Please let me know. I’m also trying to grow my blogroll.