The combined entity will remain as CRMLS, and the merger means that CRMLS will be providing products and services to 33 Realtor associations and their 68,000 participants and subscribers throughout California.
“This union was long overdue,” explains 2011 SoCalMLS president Len Herman. “Combining two highly complementary organisations is what our brokers and subscribers want, and now we have the opportunity to offer even greater value to our customers.”
“The combination of two of the largest MLSs in the nation simply makes sense for brokerages, agents, and Realtor associations,” adds 2011 CRMLS president Rob Arrietta. “The combination of our products and services gives real estate professionals throughout California an extremely cost effective solution for their MLS services.”
CRMLS says there will be no changes in its service to Realtors as a results of the merger, and that members will still call the same phone numbers for technical support, attend training sessions in the same locations, and have access to the same listing data.
CRMLS CEO Art Carter told inman.com that this smooth transition is due to the fact that CRMLS and SoCalMLS already share data, as they are both members of California Real Estate Technology Services (CARETS) – an inclusive database of properties covering 18 counties in Southern and Northern California.