I am delighted by the leadership of the Connecticut MLS of which I am a member. Today when I got home and began reading through my e-mail I read the following press release that announced the MLS Bill of Rights.


Connecticut MLS Unveils MLS "Bill of Rights"

North Haven, CT:  First announced at the Inman News Real Estate Connect 2009 on January 9th in New York City, the Connecticut Statewide MLS (CTMLS) unveiled a new concept in multiple listing service governance entitled the "MLS Bill of Rights".
The MLS Bill of Rights establishes and protects the guiding principles of the Statewide MLS and its responsibility to Participant brokers.  It is hoped that the Bill of Rights will serve as a model for the multiple listing service industry.
President of CTMLS, David Jones, noted, "Recognized as a major problem within the MLS industry, there is a wide disparity in the level and quality of services that brokers receive from their MLS.  Especially evident within overlapping markets, broker members of multiple MLSs often have to deal with different MLS rules for display of their listings, very different time frames for updates of their listing content, incompatible data feeds, dissimilar quality, cost, and ability to provide data feeds, and very different ideas of the rights to, and ownership of, their own listing data".
He continued with, "The public, in turn, may not receive a complete picture of the real estate market when overlapping MLSs do not cooperate or share listing content.  Clearly, being able to provide clients with all the listing data in a given area benefits both real estate agents and their clients".
When asked to describe the purpose of the MLS Bill of Rights, Chief Executive Officer, Cameron Paine, stated, "The MLS Bill of Rights is meant to open a dialogue in the MLS industry on what may be expected by brokers from their MLS.  It is a living document modeled on the United States Bill of Rights".
The Connecticut Statewide MLS was founded in 2006 by the REALTOR® Associations of Easter Connecticut, Greater Hartford, Greater New Haven, Greater Waterbury, Litchfield, and Midd-Shore and is owned by the Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.