[photopress:LAME.jpg,full,alignright]Recently, Dustin, Anna, myself, and the fine folks at LTD Real Estate, had the pleasure of dealing with the NWMLS.
The gist of the discussion was our inabilty to host a NWMLS search tool due to NWMLS belief that Rain City Guide is alledgedly not an agent site. They are of the belief because multiple agents from multiple brokers participate on Rain City Guide. Because of this, having a “framed” IDX solution developed by me, using LTD’s feed on Rain City Guide would be considered a violation of NWMLS rule 189, because said rule states: “No member shall advertise, sell or otherwise provide to any other member’s subscriber or a non-member any product utilizing information or content derived, extracted or complied, in whole or in part, from or through NWMLS.”
Needless to say, this rule makes no sense, because any web site that offers any publicly accessable MLS search could be considered in violation of rule 189. At any rate, I’m sure Dustin will comment more on this in a future post.
Anyway, the more I learn about how the MLS operates, the more I want to start a “bottom feeder” site and screen scrape everything I need. Any way this experience has lead me to the following questions for the peanut gallery.
- What MLS rules are you least fond of and why?
Granted, I’m an outsider loooking in, but it’s seems the current rules are very agent unfriendly and add uncessary cost & ineffeciency to the entire system.
- Why are there 189 rules?
Well, that’s easy, because 188 weren’t enough! But the bigger question is how do these rules get written in the first place. I’m assuming MLS board members write them, but is there any kind of vote by the membership on these? I can’t imagine why any agent (or broker) would impose such crap on themselves.
- Is the wave of MLS consolidations good or bad for the industry?
Slightly off topic, but I’m curious to find out how Joe Realtor and Jane Broker feel? I think fewer MLSes make things easier, but I’m so far undecided if things would be better or worse.
Anyway, after learning about their interpretation of Rule 189, our local MLS earned a spot on my Lame List.