How Syndication Works
Listing syndication, labeled Broker Distribution in Flexmls, is the act of sending listings to third party publishers, such as Realtor.com and similar sites. ARMLS does not make the decision to syndicate (distribute) listings. In fact, your broker decides if listings are syndicated to third-party websites. If a broker has not opted-in to a particular publisher, ARMLS does not make their listing data available to that publisher.
When ARMLS enters into an agreement for a publisher to be added to the Broker Distribution options in Flexmls, we are simply facilitating the transfer of listing data as directed by each broker. As with any business decision, brokers must weigh the pros and cons of sending their listings to each destination.
There are three syndication options in Flexmls as well an an option for IDX. Brokers can decide to make the decision brokerage-wide or let agents decide on a site by site, listing per listing basis in Flexmls.
Finally! We are starting to take notice that maybe, just maybe sites like Zillow and Trulia have motives well beyond the well being of the real Estate agent. All agents should do two minutes of homework to discover who the developers of Zillow are then discover who developed Expedia.com. It doesn't take a genius to understand that if Expedia worked so well that it literally disposed of the travel agent, that the founders didn't for a moment believe that they could do the same with Zillow and make billions selling real estate. With on set of Realtor.com and the NAR during Zillow, we should all be more aware that our future sits in the balance. It's time to wake up people, Zillow and the likes have motives that are not in the real Estate agents best interest.
I think Zillow/Trulia have an a motive to undermine the real estate agent. They are NOT on our side.
Zillow is now buying and selling homes, without the realtor.
Half-correct, Zillow partners with agents to sell homes: https://www.zillow.com/marketing/zillow-offers-faq-agents/
It amazes me that Realtors have such a protectionist view of real estate. Free Markets and competition will always make the market stronger. Zillow and other services enable many people to easily enter the market to find a home. The internet is here friends and NAR and Realtor.com should focus on doing a better job making their products stronger and better.
I don't blame anyone who doesn't want to list on a third party website. Especially one that knowingly has flawed and inaccurate data.
If agents actively post on websites they are controlling the accuracy of the information, and they are improving the marketing of their clients property. When agents fight internet marketing companies they create a disservice to the client they are representing.
If that is apart of the listing agreement to list on certain 3rd party sites then list on them. If you market to third party sites as a part of your listing service then avoiding second rate sites (like Zillow) can actually be to your advantage. I only market on Zillow if the client requests it specifically. Otherwise I avoid it. Realtor.com, Redfin and Trulia are better sites IMHO.
Trulia and Zillow are one of the same. Zillow own Trulia. As for Redfin, discount broker that list for **commission removed** in direct competion with all of us.
Theresa Weirick Jones
SO FAR BEHIND COMPARED TO OTHER MLS SOFTWARE USED IN COLORADO. This feels like a step back 10 years in the past coming to AZ
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Your all idiots!!! NAR and AAR sold out Realtors years ago with the “CLUE” report. That report only benefitted the lobbyists and the insurance companies. It offers absolutely no benefit to agents or the buyers you represent. If a seller is not going to disclose a material defect from the past on the SPDS, chances are they will never file a claim to be used later against them. As far as Zillow and the like, again, NAR and AAR sold agents out a few years ago. Zillow started to buy out third party vendors to gain more access to our MLS. Now, ARMLS has given them the same access as we have. We no longer have any advantages over Zillow. Never ever give a dime to RAPAC!!! They support themselves, not us!!! The only hope agents have now is for someone else to create an MLS service and get rid of the NAR, AAR, and ARMLS. Brokers should come together and create that system for agents. If agents and brokers only have to share that info with other agents and brokers, your annual dues that your paying now, would be almost non existent. All were paying for is these third party government entities to have better Christmas parties and bonuses. Wake Up People!!!
Hi, thanks for the comment. I can see that something has upset you. I also see a few statements that are incorrect. For example, ARMLS is not involved in the creation of SPDS, CLUE or RAPAC. I would be happy to have a phone or even coffee with you to discuss your concerns. My email is JamesM@ARMLS.com.
To be clear, a “CLUE” report is not required by the AAR Residential Purchase Contract.