The Past, Present, and Future of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

The Evolution of the MLS

The time seemed right to introduce MLS to Europe and to the rest of the world — that was the theme of the International MLS Forum in Paris during the first 2 days of December 2023.

As a backdrop to bringing the global audience up to speed with the historical role and vision of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the Forum featured a keynote presentation entitled “The MLS Past, Present and Future.”

And who was selected to deliver this message? And no — it wasn’t for what he jokingly said was his age – but for what other thought leaders described  that for nearly a half-century Saul Klein has been a tech pioneer evangelist.

From the early Wild West Days of the early 1900s, thru the days of the bulky MLS bound-books, up to today’s digital age, Saul takes the audience on a journey through the Evolution of MLS.

Here’s a short video concluding with a positive look at the Future of the MLS.


“From being a member of the first team to creating one of the first online real estate communities, RealTalk, Saul Klein has been at the forefront of technology and internet adoption in residential real estate. His leadership and innovation have earned him the respect of the industry and a reputation as a pioneer and evangelist of technology in real estate.  Inman article 

Indeed, Klein’s legacy is interwoven with the evolution of the real estate industry in the digital age. His passion, commitment and pioneering spirit continue to shape the industry as he explores new frontiers in technology and the changing landscape of real estate.”

Saul often reminds us of the prediction Bill Gates made in his 1995 book “The Road Ahead.” In this best seller written in 1995, Gates predicted that the whole system of real estate agencies and commissions may be changed by the principals’ having direct access to so much information.

Could Gates have foreseen the current onslaught of class action commission lawsuits and Department of Justice pending regulatory pressure?


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Full 35 min video of Saul’s Presentation:




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