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Time is of the Essence The Real Estate Industry has the opportunity to Take Back Its Future. Today, MLS is not the only way to gain exposure for listings.

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2 Time is of the Essence The Real Estate Industry has the opportunity to Take Back Its Future. Today, MLS is not the only way to gain exposure for listings. Consumer alternatives are popping up at every turn. MLS of the Future paper is a vision, not a road map. We must draw the map.

3 Evolution of the MLS Consider the evolution of the MLS, which over the past 30 years or so looked something like this: First Generation - Three ring binders with weekly updates and daily corrections Second Generation - The bound MLS book Third Generation - Computer access to the data through "dumb terminals" Fourth Generation - Web based MLS (no more banks of phone lines and busy signals) Fifth Generation - MLS of the Future (MLS 5.0)

4 Vision & Mission Statements VISION STATEMENT MLS 5.0 is the authoritative and trusted source for all things related to real estate, for REALTORS® and Consumers. MISSION STATEMENT Keep the REALTOR® in the Center of the real estate Conversation, realizing that the conversation begins far in advance of a purchase and continues after a purchase of real property. Real estate is a lifetime conversation.

5 MLS of the Future (MLS 5.0) Provides a single point of entry for listing data Is a property wiki Is a social networking site Incorporates Single Sign-On Will change many aspects of the real estate business Recognizes we exist in the age of information Built in spirit of being open, collaborative, self- organized and self-policed (Web 2.0 concept)

6 MLS of the Future FEATURES: Authoritative and Trusted Source System is parcel vs. listing based Syndication Engine with comprehensive reporting features Referral System with no referral fee to agents Agent Rating System and Extensive Agent Profiles Improved Neighborhood Information Sold Data

7 MLS of the Future FEATURES: Strong Authentication Single Sign-On Online Communities Use technology to engage consumers, REALTORS®, vendors and developers. Public Side and Private Side

8 MLS of the Future FEATURES: Members of the MLS could choose a Rapattoni front end one day and select FNIS front end the next. A user might find that one front end is good for some things and one is good for others, and use the appropriate tool to get the job done. Openness should allow for more applications and solutions and lower prices for REALTORS®.

9 Who Will MLS of the Future Serve? MLS 5.0 will serve the customer of today and position us to be ready to serve the customer of tomorrow. According to NAR, GenX and GenY made up 78% of all first time home buyers.

10 Buyers of Tomorrow Generation X-Baby Busters – 48 Million Original Latch Key Kids Independent Skeptics Techno Literate MTV Generation Inception of the Internet Generation Y-Echo Boom – 80 Million Generation Me Confident Collaborative Bathed in Bits

11 Where People Spend Their Time No one goes to just one website; go to many and everyone has their favorite. Best interest of seller is to have their listing everywhere. More advertising dollars will be spent online over time. Too much money continues to be spent on old media.

12 Where People Spend Their Time

13 Your Action Plan 1. Circulate this document 2. Create a Committee for the Future of MLS 3. Participate in online discussions 4. Start local online discussions with MLS and Association Leadership 5. Analyze your current MLS structure 6. Adopt the Vision and Mission of MLS 5.0

14 Your Action Plan 7. Analyze the Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats, and Opportunities of your MLS 8. Create a Strategic Plan 9. Create a month Operating Plan for implementation of your MLS Strategies 10. Include timelines and a Critical Path Analysis 11. Constantly track and communicate progress to Stakeholders 12. Keep an open mind

15 Time is of the Essence Take Back Our Future Old habits die hard. Nothing less than a crusade is required to make this critical transition. REALTORS® must be at the CENTER of the CONVERSATION, not just at the center of the transaction. Requires more than vision. It takes courage and leadership.

16 Time is of the Essence Requires bold initiatives. Suspend your skepticism. Step into the Future. Ask: What is the value a real estate professional brings to consumers when information about everything including real estate is so abundant on the web.

17 MLS of the Future This is a far cry from where the MLS is today, and this is the challenge. If we do not take up this challenge as an industry, to create the authoritative and trusted source of real property information on the Web, it will happen anyway – in fact, the battle has already been engaged.


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