Charting the Changes: Bright MLS Provides Important Update to Subscribers

The message below was sent to all Bright MLS subscribers providing an an update on past, present and future changes to expect with the system:

Over the past year we’ve been busy building the foundation of the new Bright MLS system and on continued alignment of fees and policies across the entire Bright footprint. There have been some challenges, but we are using your comments and suggestions to improve our systems and services to provide you with the MLS you need.

Bright MLS was formed as a direct response to demands that the MLS break down market barriers and provide real estate professionals with expanded property information that exceeds what consumers can get from publicly available websites, but that’s not the whole story. Find out why MLS consolidation is a logical step towards lasting change in the real estate industry and what it means for you.

We know you have many questions about this transition — and we want to answer them, so we have compiled a few FAQs below. We also want to reaffirm our commitment to keeping you better informed through Bright Buzz or other MRIS email, as you get closer to realizing all the benefits of the Bright unification.

What’s new and what’s not?

During this time of transition, some things at your MLS have changed while others have remained the same.  View a graphic that clarifies what has and has not changed so far for you.

Which system do I use?

While we continue to transition many different markets to Bright, there are currently 3 separate MLS systems under the Bright umbrella. Once the transition is complete, all subscribers will use the Bright system. Learn which MLS system you are currently on based on your location.

What do I need to know about Bright MLS numbers?

To consolidate listings from many MLS systems, we needed to ensure each listing has its own unique identifier. All MRIS listings now have both an MRIS and a Bright MLS number. Get tips for using these numbers when searching for listings.

What is changing next? Minor changes to data going out in feeds for IDX and third party sites

Over the next few weeks, you may notice some minor changes to listing information on IDX and third party websites. These changes begin to align MRIS listing information to the new Bright information set. This is another small step towards your conversion to the new consolidated Bright geography and system. We’ve provided website vendors with detailed documentation about these changes. However, you may notice small changes to the way garages and parking features, pool information and square footage is displayed on third party sites.

Please note that to assist DAAR with describing challenges with the system to Bright MLS, we are asking members to submit specific issues and experiences via this online form. Experiences relayed will be used in raising awareness with Bright MLS so they can work toward improving the system.