Can MLS and Boston real estate brokers survive in 10 years?

I stumbled across a WSJ article that financial transactions, including Real Estate, are evolving. As one considers the advancements in Software through other industries it is important to look at the current Boston condo for sale model and how it has yet to evolve in today’s high tech society. has had many focus groups on current trends,needs and interests for Real Estate professionals. One overall conclusion is that the current MLS model is broken and that the fragmented nature of having so many regional MLS services nationwide is dated and is in need of change.Presently, Zillow with a greater grip on regional power of Boston condo brokers  could be in a place to supersede these regional MLS monopolies.

Sure, this would not be easy.  It would also likely take a partnership with Realtor, one or two of the big brokerages like Compass, Keller Williams, ReMax, ect but it is something to look out for. The article below, that I mentioned earlier outlines how fast the next moves in software as they pertain to finance and Real Estate will happen.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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