International MLS Forum – Paris 2023

The inaugural Internation MLS Forum was held in Paris from November 29 to December 3, 2023.
It was sponsored by two nonprofits, CEPI and RESO.
We take MLS for granted in the US, and the current litigation is shortsighted and ignorant, in a number of ways.
In most of the rest of the world, there are only Open Listings (non exclusive listings given to many brokers).
Sellers need to engage many brokers for any visibility of their property. Portals are loaded with duplicate and false listings, and long since sold listings, creating a nightmare for consumers. Buyers must engage many agents to get a good sampling of what is available and on the market. Dual agency is the rule and not the exception.
The time seems right to bring MLS to Europe and to the rest of the world, and that is the theme of the International MLS Forum in Paris this last week.
CEPI was established in Brussels in 1990 as an international non-profit organization. Its members are national associations based in Europe representing estate agents and property managers. The mission of the association is to support European and cross-border real estate transactions by developing the work and activities of real estate professionals with the interests of the consumer in mind.
The association aims to raise standards in the real estate professions, promoting that real estate brokerage and property management be conducted by qualified professionals with high ethical standards. As the European Union and its rules and regulations continue to impact further on the real estate market and the activities of real estate professionals, CEPI also aims to use its combined strength to bring the views of real estate professionals to the attention of policymakers in the EU, and to address and find solutions for their practical concerns in dealing with the implementation of EU policy and legislation.
RESO is an independent, nonprofit standards body formed to develop data standards and processes that create efficiencies for all participants in real estate transactions. Our member organizations include MLSs, brokerages, REALTOR® associations and technology partners serving nearly two million real estate professionals.
RESO’s mission is to create and promote the adoption and utilization of standards that
drive efficiency throughout the real estate industry.
The Title Sponsor of the Event was an international software company RealtyNA.
The lead off speaker was Brad Inman, of Inman News.

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