I had an interesting debate with another Realtor this week about “gaming the MLS.” This Realtor wanted to be able to withdraw a listing and put it back on so that it both got a new MLS number (to appear “new”) and so that the Days on Market number would reset – ostensibly because that’s what the clients wanted. MLS rules prevent this, but there is always “another way.”
When I questioned why – she said that other agents do it, and while she agrees it’s not right, if they’re going to do it, she wants to as well. Rather than report the offenders to the MLS so that the data could be accurate, she would rather game the system.
Does this type of gaming the system work?Â … Only on those who don’t have competent buyers’ agents who will track the history of the listing.
Now – contrast this attitude with that of previously-mentioned Roost:
“The MLS is really the definitive hub â€¦ (its) core mission is the integrity of the data,” he said, which is why Roost decided to operate via these relationships in each market rather than rely on brokers to send listings feeds to the site.
Buyers, Sellers – What do you think? Is a “fresh” MLS number really that appealing?
Update 1 February 2008: Kevin had a great post yesterday on this topic
I look at resetting the DOM figure as akin to a grocer scratching out the sell-by date on a can of tuna and replacing it with a later date: it smells funny.