IRES is fully committed to data sharing as a service to brokers along the Front Range of Colorado. Unfortunately, there is a serious misunderstanding regarding how much data is appropriate for the exchange. Our goal is and always has been to provide as much property information to brokers in order to better serve clients – whether listing, selling, or establishing a value.
The original CCM (Colorado Cooperative MLS) dates back to 2003 when a limited number of fields were exchanged, along with six months of sold data. Fast forward to 2007 when several brokers from both Metrolist and IRES were part of the “MLS Oversight Committee” and demanded more information be made available. In 2008, we did just that and even coordinated the simultaneous release between IRES and Metrolist. That exchange was based on specs drafted by our tech teams, at the direction of Metrolist, IRES and the MLS Oversight Committee. In hindsight, it is clear that we should have had a formal document signed at that time since that is the issue today.
REcolorado is demanding we roll back sold data to 6 months of archived information, which we are working toward, although we strongly disagree with the premise. However, if this is the only path to continue CCM data sharing, we are willing to comply with this misplaced demand. In addition, REcolorado feels the limited information IRES provides to CoreLogic in order to activate the reverse links between public records and MLS listings is out of compliance, even though access to that information is password protected, for MLS subscribers only. Again, in order to continue data sharing, IRES will continue providing the reverse link capabilities for all IRES listings, but will discontinue that convenience soon for all REcolorado and PPAR listings.
We have made attempts to avoid this unfortunate situation, but have received two cease and desist letters from REcolorado. We understand there have been other communications from REcolorado to subscribers that contained some misinformation. To that end, here are the facts:
- IRES has never displayed RECO or PPAR listing on our public site, ColoProperty.com®, unless the individual is also an IRES subscriber with the listing entered into IRESis.com
- IRES has never provided RECO or PPAR listing to any IDX or VOW site.
- The 2003 CCM Agreement specifies 6 months of sold data. We fully admit we were out of compliance with that agreement since the three Front Range MLS organizations collaboratively expanded the amount of data exchanged in 2007.
Everyone can agree that much has changed since 2003 and 2007. It is our hope that we can continue to provide the best services and enriched information to brokers for the foreseeable future. We will keep you posted as this continues to unfold. If you have questions or comments, we welcome both. Post on our blog, email email@example.com, call the IRES office, or use Feedback through IRESis.com.
Lauren Hansen, CEO