Thursday, December 16, 2010

When More is MORE

Do you love it when a provider "finally" gets it? By provider in this case I mean the Multiple Listing Providers or MLS providers for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This month our Alameda and Contra Costa County Bay East Association of Realtors created a shared database with Santa Clara County and many others.
You heard the expression, "less is more?" Well I am happy to report that when I am using a computer to search for homes for sale ion Fremont, more is MORE. Multiple Organization Reciprocal Exchange. Cool? Yes it is.

A while back I wrote about an awesome work around to get new listings from different MLS providers forwarded to me automatically here I still use the work around a lot. In short, I wanted the whole picture. I needed homes for sale in Fremont from brokers everywhere, even those who did not possess a local Alameda Contra Costa MLS subscription. It costs a pretty penny to have one.

Until now, those homes for sale in Fremont from "out of area" brokers would never be seen by a Fremont Realtor in their own Bay East Association of Realtors database. The home for sale in Fremont simply will not show up. I have had the opportunity to begin using the new MORE platform. And, as a result, have been using MORE more. It will take some time getting used to the look and feel of it and its functionality, but I am willing to give it a go.

It has a few minor drawbacks. For example, if I, as a Fremont real estate broker list a home for sale in Fremont using the Bay East Association of Realtors data base, (BEAR), then, if I belong to Santa Clara Association of Realtors (SCCAOR) too, and input the Fremont home for sale there as well, the home will show up twice when it is found in MORE (Multiple Organization Reciprocal Exchange). Is it a big deal? Not really. In fact, the MORE exposure the better right? The puns keep coming.

In closing, I am happy that Realtors in Fremont can tap into, "the whole picture" when helping their clients buy a home in Fremont. By Jeff Pereyda

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