Gary Mellott, Internet Guru (PIC Internet)

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Toronto, ON

In Ontario, the listings are owned by the brokerages not the individual agents.  In Ontario, each real estate board provides an MLS.  In my board, the seller decides if the listing information can be forwarded by the MLS to other websites.  The broker of record decides which types of websites can display the listings.

Jul 28, 2015 10:24 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no one should like it....the only way around it right now is to not submit your listing to MLS and post online, full force, to rank higher than Z/T and then submit to MLS.... we really need MLS for the cooperation of all other's a tough game to play, especially when it's one person doing the marketing for three high producing listing's a full time job for me right now WITH MLS.....

Jul 28, 2015 09:53 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

To be honest it really gripes me.

Jul 28, 2015 09:44 PM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I agree with Praful and Mike Rock  and we as agents benefit because 70%  or more of business comes from the Internet . There is no going back. More visitors go to than any other site followed by zillow , trulia, Redfin.

Jul 28, 2015 09:24 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Wednesday morning Gary. I do have to agree with Joe. It is public information and once it's out there anybody can use it.

Jul 28, 2015 07:14 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gary. The thing it, it is public information, so it is like a catch 22. Not much choice.

Jul 28, 2015 06:58 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i think we use them as well.. please keep using me. and btw....we allow it. there is nothing to stop agents around the nation to create their on ALS. Agent listing service. or OWS owners listing service. a 50 state co-op

Jul 28, 2015 03:01 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Gary Mellott since the listing information is public (or sold by our MLS to these companies), the real culprit is the one who is selling the data - and not these companies. They are just working on their business model....

Jul 28, 2015 02:12 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I don't like it!

Jul 28, 2015 01:29 PM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I do not like other companies using my listing.  But they do help advertise my listing.

Jul 29, 2015 08:23 AM
Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

I don't care. To me it's free advertisement

Jul 29, 2015 05:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There is always a way back, but will the majority go with that?  I think that those companies capitalized on the agents who were not willing to follow up on the leads that came directly to them, and also not willing to spend $$ to promote their listings.  The MLS is making $$$ spreading the inventory and is also making $$$ of the agents who post on the MLS.

The upside of this is that the leads that are generated are for the most part are worthless to the majority of people we have surveyed on the subject of leads.  Some agents buy their own listings on these site (how crazy is that) so not to miss out on the leads...

Some cities like NY do not have an MLS, and one of the companies Douglas Elliman made a deal with Zillow $$$ to display their listings with their agents getting credit...

It is time for the industry to get their heads into this issue and out of the sand.  A

Jul 29, 2015 03:11 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Gary Mellott It should be illegal! Everyone seems to profit except for the real estate agents.

Jul 28, 2015 11:30 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Not happy about that Gary.

Jul 28, 2015 10:43 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We abhor that activity and refuse to  syndicate to those who do so.

Jul 28, 2015 10:38 PM