For immediate release
For additional information contact:
Laura Burns/Executive Officer
Global Multiple Listing Service, Inc.
Ph: (518) 464-0191
CORPORATE CONSOLIDATION TO BRING TOGETHER OVER 10,000 ACTIVE LISTINGS ACROSS AREA’S LOCAL MARKETS
We are pleased to announce effective April 16, 2018, Eastern New York Regional Multiple Listing Service consolidated with the Southern Adirondack Multiple Listing Service to form the Global Multiple Listing Service, Inc. This is an exciting initiative for both companies, the REALTOR® members, and buyers and sellers throughout the area. An MLS’s greatest asset is its data. The real estate professionals who use it bring together buyers and sellers with the most accurate data and access to the best professional technological tools that go with it. By joining forces the two shareholder associations have affected a comprehensive expansion to the amount of the MLS data, efficiencies of operations, and access to the best selection of professional-level industry technology. The consolidation will create a more comprehensive active and historic listing database with stronger analytical information for servicing clients and consumers.
This is a coming together of two highly compatible companies that will yield a combined membership of approximately 4,000 brokers, associate brokers, sales agents, and appraisal members, many of whom have worked together on transactions for years. ENYR and SAMLS hold similar values and philosophies on doing business – striving to provide access to state of the art real estate industry products while emphasizing the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and the importance of bringing buyers and sellers together in a positive way.
The newly established Global Multiple Listing Service, Inc. had its first meeting of the board of directors on Monday, April 16. There is a great deal of administrative work that must occur before the data transition takes place. For now, the ENYR and the SAMLS will continue to operate. Vendor contracts will be adjusted, financial systems aligned, and training will take place. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks and months as the live conversion draws near. Our goal is to complete conversion of the SAMLS data from the Flex MLS system into Paragon in September so as not to disrupt business in the busy summer months. The MLS headquarters location will remain at the GCAR offices with a satellite operation to be housed in the Southern Adirondack offices in Queensbury. Dues and fees will remain unchanged as will the billing cycle and access to all the current services offered through ENYR MLS.
Current Global MLS directors are as follow:
Miguel Berger, President
Marc Weiss, Vice President
Tom Roohan, Secretary-Treasurer
Al Picchi, Director
RJ Long, Director
Karen Westman, Director
Marie Bettini, Director
Willie Bea McDonald, Director
Dan Davies, Director
A lot had to happen to get to this point and I’m confident we’ll have more to celebrate in the future. But right now you should pause for a moment and be proud. Whether you have been a GCAR member for five years, five weeks, or five days, the association you joined was the right one and will continue to be the right one throughout your career as a real estate professional.
The Global Multiple Listing Service, Inc. is a subsidiary corporation owned by the Southern Adirondack and Greater Capital Associations of REALTORS®. The Southern Adirondack and Greater Capital Associations of REALTORS® are professional trade associations composed of a broad base of professionals including licensed real estate brokers and sales agents, multi-dwelling owners, appraisers, mortgage and banking professionals, title and abstract companies and other companies servicing the real estate industry.