Members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee received an email this morning from Cliff Niersbach, NAR Vice President, Board Policy and Programs and NAR Staff Executive to the MLS Committee:
Good morning Committee members.
I respectfully advise that NAR’s Elected Leadership has established and appointed a Technology and Emerging Issues Subcommittee of the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee.
The Subcommittee will be asked to anticipate, identify and analyze emerging issues and trends related to cooperative real estate transactions facilitated by real estate professionals, with special emphasis on those brought about through MLSs. The Subcommittee will be expected to develop timely, relevant proposals for optimizing the value of MLS for REALTORS® and consumers for consideration and action by the Multiple listing Issues and Policies Committee and the NAR Board of Directors.
Members of the 2012 Subcommittee will be notified of their appointment by the NAR Executive Offices.
Thank you for your participation and support as members of the Committee, and best wishes to you and your families during the holidays and throughout the new year ahead.
(email reprinted with permission)
Some readers may recall that shortly after the Annual Conference 2011 meeting of the MLS Committee, I penned a little diatribe about my experiences at the MLS Committee meeting. In that article I made two suggestions for the powers that be: 1) cut the size of the MLS Committee in half; and 2) form a subcommittee to address the ongoing and seemingly never-ending saga surrounding IDX issues.
Knowing full well that suggestion #1 would never happen, the politics just run too deep, I held out hope a subcommittee would be formed. Why? For two simple reasons. The MLS Committee consists of 117 people, and a 117 member committee cannot possibly work efficiently and effectively; and IDX and technology aren’t going away and they change rapidly. Forming and disbanding and reforming Work Groups and Presidential Advisory Groups provides little to no continuity for affecting change.
I have no idea if the suggestion for a subcommittee made in my post had any impact to form this new venture, and I could not care less if it did. The important thing is a subcommittee has been formed under the full MLS Committee to, “anticipate, identify and analyze emerging issues and trends,” that have real potential to affect real estate practitioners and consumers.
Appointments were just sent out (thanks NAR for including me on the subcommittee) and there is now a group of 17 people identified and tasked with doing some important work.
17 people can get things done.
And dare I say, we will get some things done.
The subcommittee members have a wide variety of backgrounds — real estate brokers, Association executives, MLS staff and executives. Some subcommittee members have years of service on the MLS (and other) committees, as well as the NAR Board of Directors, and some are new to the MLS Committee. The current and past Chairs of the MLS Committee are members as well. I’ve met several of the subcommittee members from past IDX Work Groups, others I have yet to meet. Those I have met are all outstanding choices to sit on the subcommittee.
It’s not often I get excited about NAR committee and governance announcements, but I see this announcement as a huge step forward, with tremendous potential to do some good work and actually get something accomplished.
Only time will tell of course, but hey, it’s a big step in the right direction. Let’s give it a chance before we write it off. Will it be perfect? Of course not. Will everyone agree with what the subcommittee recommends? Nope. But I’m confident that a dedicated small group has a far better chance at resolving complex and changing issues than a massive group mired in bureaucracy and politics. Some might argue that all this does is insert another layer of bureaucracy into the mix. Fair enough. But few could argue successfully that the full MLS Committee has been able to address some pressing issues in a timely manner.
Now maybe they can.
We’ll keep ya posted!
Matt Stigliano says
Good to hear. My guess is you did have some influence on the decision, but however the decision was made – this is a good idea. The only part I worry about it the subcommittee will work hard, make educated and informed decisions and then have to go back and try to win over the committee at large. Still not as easy, but it certainly has the potential to be much more effective. Congratulations to you for being selected (no shocker there) and best of luck with it. I’ll be listening!
Jay Thompson says
Winning over the full committee will almost certainly be the hard part Matt…
Miriam Bernstein says
Thanks for posting and congratulations. Every step forward is a good thing I am guessing any recommendations made by a sub-committee have to go to the full committee and that makes this a difficult task. I am glad you are on this committee and wish you the best of luck. Being in New Orleans with our Broker only IDX policy puts us years behind this sub committee and the committee. Will be watching as well.
Jay Thompson says
That’s correct Miriam. The subcommittee will make recommendations to the full MLS Committee. And then, whatever the MLS Committee decides has to be approved by the full NAR Board of Directors. Lots of potential for blockage along the way, but at least a small core group will have the opportunity to make recommendations. It’s baby steps toward progress…
Kathy Fowler says
This is wonderful news – thank you for sharing. As a member subjected to decisions made by that committee, it is nice to know that they have identified 17 people who have the knowledge and enough interest in the MLS to actually know what it going on. I’m still in favor of cutting the committee in half, and when I am NAR president in 2045 that will be the top of my agenda. Until then, keep up the good work and thank you for taking the time to particpate.
Jay Thompson says
If you’re going to run for NAR President in 2045 Kathy, you better start campaigning now. Candidates start campaigning for that position earlier than the folks running for President of the United States…
Mark Hesemann says
117 members on the main committee? Wow. Even 17 is a lot — but if anyone can help get it done… you can. Good luck!