Stating Our Policy To All Who Use Our MLS Search Engine
I have been making real estate listings available online since 1999, and throughout that time I have adjusted our policy regarding forced registration to be in accordance with the rules that are set by our local Board of Realtors – as well as in accordance with my own personal beliefs.
In the beginning, there were no other agents in Atlanta offering listings online. I contracted with a company called Soar Solutions, and they set up a gateway to access data from the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS). Jealous agents (most of whom didn’t have websites at that time) quickly complained about my online offering – and tried to shut me down.
Luckily for me, Erealty came to town with their deep pockets and massive advertising campaign. If not for them, I would have had to back away from a legal battle that I had no way to win. They helped fight the battle, and as a result – Georgia agents were able to provide complete public listing data (including addresses) as long as the customer registered on the agent’s website.
Over the years, I have been able to relax the policy – and currently you can peruse listings without registration here. You will, however, be asked to register on your second visit – and every visit thereafter – but registration is optional. Either way, you’ll get listings from BOTH of Georgia’s statewide listing services – the Georgia Multiple Listing Service (GAMLS) and the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS).
One day, you might want to use the additional features that are available to those who buy viagra online register – and you can do so without the worry that someone is going to call and pester you. It won’t happen. Feel free to use the system – and remember we’re only a phone call or an email away when you have a question or you want to see a property.
Be sure to check out our tutorial so that you’ll understand the powerful features that our MLS search engine offers.
I don’t believe in forced registration – even though it would be financially rewarding to implement. In my eyes, you are not a meal ticket to be punched – you are a fellow traveler in life who I might be able to help… but in order for me to help – you will need to ask. Fair enough?
Others have different opinions. Take a look at the conversation over at BloodhoundBlog. Please feel free to read the comments in that thread, and decide for yourself whether our approach is one that fits your style – or not.
As always, if you have any questions regarding real estate in the greater Atlanta area, feel free to contact me here.