Bright MLS in the News

Our big announcement last week received coverage from a number of different news outlets. We’re thrilled that the industry is as excited about the future of MLS as we are! Inman News ran an in-depth article with quotes from Bright MLS executives.

In the article, Bright MLS CEO Tom Phillips speaks specifically about the benefit of a larger marketplace.

“Consumers can go on third-party sites and seamlessly search markets, yet historically we’ve put agents in a box defined by these MLS geographic borders. At its very core that’s one of the problems we want to solve,” he said. “We don’t want to hinder these agents and brokers with these arbitrary boundaries any longer.”

Check out other articles from The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Central Penn Business Journal, and Delaware Business Now.

We enjoyed seeing the positive comments on the Inman article and tweets we received as well:

Speaking of Vendor Alley, we particularly liked this Greg Robertson quote from his post:

I just love the audacity of this copy. I have a feeling the scale of this will be a lot bigger than anyone thinks.

Click here to read more about Bright MLS.


  1. Christina Poodt-Reply
    January 17, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Good afternoon. I am most excited to learn how & when we as Realtors can access this broad new “Bright MLS”. I think it will be a game changer for our businesses, including my own. I am a “Resi-Commercial” Associate Broker for Coldwell Banker in the Mid-Atlantic area, and I deal a lot with investors who need multi area info. This will make us/me more empowered to assist them & for them to value our services more.
    My Question is, how do I access this info? How soon? Will there be additional costs over and above our normal Quarterly MRIS Dues?
    Please give us feedback & access info? Will we see this soon when we enter our regular MRIS System? I remember I did agree a few months ago to be part of this BROADER system. Please can you give us/me an accurate update of how to access, and when all this will be available to us?
    A final Q: if your Licence does not cover an area included in the Big 9, does that mean our info to that area will be restricted? For example New Jersey is not one of my areas of jurisdiction. Yet, I could refer a Client to an agent in that area, as I will know which brokerage & Realtor has listed a property, so this will assist my Client with a personal referral, will assist that listing Broker to sell to a broader purchaser base, and it will add to my own business’s bottom line. Please elaborate on this important aspect as well. Thank you, and excuse all the Qs. I am excited.
    Happy New Year Y’All too for 2017
    Take care
    Christina Poodt
    Associate Broker,
    Coldwell Banker Brokerage, Mid Atlantic,

    • Jess Dungan-Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Christina, thank you for reaching out to us! As I replied to John below, the plan is to convert the first participating organization on to that new system in Q3 of this year, and subscribers will be notified of the specific timeline and plan for their MLS organization as they are decided.

      We will have someone contact you to answer your other questions directly.

  2. John Stoltzfus-Reply
    January 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    This is great, but why the lack of information on when it be in service?

    • Jess Dungan-Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Hi John, thanks for your comment!

      2017 is really a year of transition to allow us to convert subscribers of the participating MLSs over to a single MLS system. The plan is to convert the first participating organization on to that new system in Q3 of this year. Your MLS organization will provide you with more information about specific timelines and plans.

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