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IRES and Pikes Peak Launch Data Share Using RPR View™

by Victor Lund on December 19, 2017

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Realtors Property Resource® (RPR) offers a feature called RPR View™ which is now the largest MLS data share in the U.S.  Since its initial Residential Platform launch in 2010, MLSs licensing their information to RPR have a choice to display their active and sold records “only to their subscribers,” or to a wider audience like “statewide,” or “all REALTORS® nationwide.” MLSs can also selectively opt into sharing with specific markets. All 1.2 million REALTORS® have access to RPR and over 700,000 REALTORS® have accounts.  RPR also has over 665 licenses with MLSs and Associations, with the majority having a policy within RPR where they will “share their data with everyone who shares with them.” What IRES and Pikes Peak are doing with RPR View is more than just “turning on” listings. They are adding fields of information that are not typically shared with RPR, a feature specific to RPR View. These are fields that are fundamental to enabling transactions. Members of each market will have the ability to “view” the Confidential fields including offer of compensation, showing instructions, agent remarks, etc. The basic RPR sharing provides listing information to REALTORS® out of area, but the Data Share with RPR View goes further. A group of MLSs in Minnesota do this as well. Another key difference in this level of data sharing is that each MLS is also licensing their sold records to RPR for display between the two MLSs. As you should all know, Realtors Property Resource, including RPR View with these data sharing features is an exclusive member benefit of the National Association of REALTORS®. WAV Group likes to refer to this data share as data sharing lite – all of the great taste of a full data share, but less filling. RPR view is free to the MLS and the Realtor®, but does not involve managing reciprocal links, managing data feeds, etc. A full data share would include lock box integration, forms reciprocity, IDX/Vow integration, rules integration, etc. Full bodied data shares would come with a price tag of $1 to $6 per member per month and take upwards of a year to launch. Depending on your circumstances, RPR View may be appropriate to meet the needs of some of your MLS subscribers with little or no overhead to operate. Contact Kristen Carr for more information. If you do not have her phone numbers and email address – […]

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IRES & REcolorado Sign Binding Merger Agreement

by Victor Lund on November 13, 2017

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Approval from Shareholder Boards is Next Step to Form One MLS for Denver and Northern Colorado IRES and REcolorado have taken another step toward creating a single MLS that will serve 26,000 real estate professionals in northern Colorado and the greater Denver Metro Area. Lauren Hansen, CEO of IRES, and Kirby Slunaker, president and CEO of REcolorado, today announced the commitment between the two MLSs has now gone from a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU), as announced in September, to a binding merger agreement. The merger agreement has been signed by Hansen and Slunaker and has received approval from both the REcolorado Board of Directors and the IRES Board of Managers. The  next step needed is shareholder approval from the boards of the eight REALTOR Associations that are the owners of the two organizations. REcolorado’s shareholders are Denver Metro Association of REALTORS, South Metro Denver REALTOR Association, and Aurora Association of REALTORS®.  Shareholders of IRES are Boulder Area REALTOR® Association, Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, Greeley Area REALTOR® Association, Longmont Association of REALTORS®, and Loveland Berthoud Association of REALTORS®.  The shareholders are expected to review and vote on the merger agreement in the coming weeks. “Thanks to the great work of the REcolorado and IRES shareholders and their boards, our vision of creating a future-focused MLS that serves REALTORS, Brokers and consumers along the Colorado Front Range is becoming a reality,” said Kirby Slunaker. “Colorado real estate professionals have told us they want the benefits that can only come from one MLS, which include the best products and services, faster pace of innovation, and world-class customer care.” A merged MLS organization serving the Colorado Front Range would bring substantial benefits to Colorado real estate professionals, which would be passed on to consumers. Benefits include comprehensive data, a broad set of technology tools and services, and powerful consumer-facing websites. “REALTORS, brokers, appraisers, and consumers deserve the most comprehensive, accurate, and timely data possible, as well as technology tools they can use to serve the needs of well-informed buyers and sellers,” said Lauren Hansen. “Bringing our MLS organizations together is what brokers want and what the market needs.” Chris Osborn, with Foster, Pepper PLLC, will continue to facilitate the merger process with REcolorado and IRES. “We continue to move at a steady pace, thanks to open lines of communication between REcolorado and IRES, as well as a shared commitment to work in the […]

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Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES Multiple Listing Service) is pleased to announce they are the new public listing display provider for the CREN MLS (Colorado Real Estate Network). Effective immediately, this new partnership merges the listing information from two of Colorado’s largest MLS’s onto one public site: ColoProperty.com®. “We are thrilled to assist brokers, buyers and sellers by displaying southwestern Colorado listings on our very popular public listing site, ColoProperty.com®”, said Lauren Hansen, IRES CEO. “As the number one lead generator for Northern Colorado listings, we will aim for similar success with the newly added Southwest Colorado listings”, Hansen added. Jeff Follis, CREN MLS CEO, said, “We saw what IRES accomplished in Northern Colorado and wanted similar success for our brokers and consumers in Southwest Colorado. We couldn’t be happier about this new partnership.” ColoProperty.com® has been owned and operated by IRES MLS since 1998. With a map search, open houses, rentals, vacation rentals and commercial properties directly from the MLS with no advertising, it has been consistently popular with consumers and brokers. Southwest Colorado properties will enhance its footprint significantly bringing an additional 9,000 active listings to the site from Montrose, Durango, Delta, Cortez, Pagosa Springs and Alamosa, to name a few. About CREN CREN is the Regional Multiple Listing Service for the Western Slope and Southwest Colorado with over 9,000 Active Real Estate listings. Their data based is comprised of more than 700 active Realtor® members that reside within 250 Realtor ® Offices. About IRES Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES) was formed in 1996 as the regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Northern Colorado by five Boards and Associations of REALTORS® in Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, and Loveland/Berthoud. In addition to these five Boards and Associations, IRES is the MLS provider for the Estes Park Board of REALTORS®, and Logan County Board of REALTORS®. Its office is centrally located in Loveland, Colorado. Contact: Lauren Hansen lauren@ires-net.com 2725 Rocky Mountain Ave, Suite 450 Loveland, CO 80538 Ph: 970.593.9002

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