Seeking to conquer a massive metropolitan market that has eluded others for decades, Realtors on Long Island and in Westchester County announced on Friday plans to launch a comprehensive, regional multiple listing service for New York City and its surrounding area in six months to a year’s time.
Under a preliminary plan subject to board approval, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the Long Island Board of Realtors would merge existing MLS platforms for a new system covering all of New York City’s five boroughs as well as Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Suffolk counties, leaders of both real estate groups told Inman.
The prospective unified system remains unnamed for now, but the appetite is palpable.
“As we all know, this is the trend in our industry now—to regionalize—so we’re very excited for this opportunity to do such a thing,” Jim Speer, the senior vice president of MLSLI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the 25,000-member Long Island…
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