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Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) Welcomes Art Carter as its Newest Board Member

CRMLS Chief Executive Officer Joins Chicagoland MLS Giant as a Strategic Manager

LISLE, ILLINOIS (June 14, 2016) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), announced that Art Carter, Chief Executive Officer of the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS), has been elected to MRED’s Board as its new Strategic Manager.

MRED created the position of Strategic Manager, to be filled by up to two individuals at the discretion of and election by MRED’s Board members.  Strategic Managers are invited onto the Board because of their expertise and participate on an advisory basis.  Their input is invited to enhance the ability of MRED’s leadership to make the best decisions and serve their real estate professionals in the most effective manner.

As CEO, Mr. Carter oversees the strategic direction of CRMLS.  With more than 80,000 agents, it is the MLS serving the largest number of real estate professionals in the country, encompassing thirty-six (36) REALTOR® associations across California.  Mr. Carter has been CEO of CRMLS since 2005, and under his leadership it has successfully merged with three other MLSs, obtaining over 40,000 new members.  Mr. Carter is one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders and one of the Top 20 Association/MLS Executives in the Swanepoel Power 200.  In 2012, he was inducted into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society in recognition of this dedicated service and commitment to advancing the REALTOR® organization and the Association Management profession.  A Past President of the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS), he is currently serving as the Chair of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO).

“MRED is a powerhouse in the MLS industry,” said Mr. Carter.  “I look forward to joining the leadership of such a distinguished organization.  It is more important than ever for the industry to work together, and my new role will enable two of the largest MLSs in the country to collaborate at the highest level.“

“Art Carter is one of the most respected voices in our industry,” said MRED President and Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen.  “I speak for MRED’s Board and myself when I state how fortunate we feel to have Art join our Board.  His broad industry experience and noteworthy accomplishments will be invaluable to MRED as we address the many challenges ahead.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to more than 40,000 brokers and appraisers and nearly 8,000 offices.  MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.  MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for three years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey.  MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for five consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal.  For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) Announces 2016 Leadership Team

Leader of MLS Giant Welcomes Two New Board Members

LISLE, ILLINOIS (February 11, 2016) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), announced that its 2016 Board of Managers has been installed and its officers elected. Serving on MRED’s Board of Managers for 2016 are:

  • Michael Emery, Urban Real Estate
  • Jeff Gregory, Realty Executives Success
  • Chris Haran, Coldwell Banker Residential
  • Jim Haisler, Heartland Realtor® Organization (HRO)
  • Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez, CONLON: A Real Estate Company
  • Pam Krieter, Mainstreet Organization of Realtors® (MORe)
  • John Matthews, Baird & Warner
  • John Murray, Key Realty
  • Jim Nelson, Jr., RE/MAX Suburban
  • Thomas Poulos, Gagliardo Realty Associates
  • Al Rossell, Jack Carpenter Organization
  • Molly Ryan, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff
  • Aaron Starck, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Stark Real Estate
  • Anthony Trotto, Anthony J. Trotto Real Estate
  • Paul Wells, RE/MAX of Barrington

Continuing to serve as MRED’s Strategic Manager is David Charron, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS). The newly elected Board members are John Murray of Key Realty and Thomas Poulos of Gagliardo Realty Associates.

MRED’s Board of Managers annually nominates and elects officers to guide the company through the upcoming year. This year’s officers have performed their duties at such a high level and work so well together that the Board of Managers has reelected all to the same positions they held in 2015.

The 2016 leadership team includes:

  • Chairman of the Board – Jeff Gregory, Managing Broker and Owner of Realty Executives Success in Plainfield
  • Vice-Chair – John Matthews, Manager of Baird & Warner in Oak Park
  • Treasurer – Paul Wells, Managing Broker and Owner of RE/MAX of Barrington
  • Secretary – Molly Ryan, Vice President & General Counsel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff

“I am pleased the Board continues to place its confidence in these four individuals as MRED’s Officers for 2016,” said MRED President and Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen. “What better endorsement of the job they have done than to reelect them? I love working with these very accomplished and experienced individuals and look forward to a fantastic 2016.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to more than 40,000 brokers and appraisers and nearly 8,000 offices. MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for two years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey. MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for five consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal. For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

MRED Announces Hiring of New President/Chief Executive Officer

rebeccajensen-1LISLE, ILLINOIS (January 9, 2015) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), has announced it has hired Rebecca Jensen to be the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MRED.

Rebecca has worked in the MLS industry since 1998, and has been the CEO of the UtahRealEstate.com MLS since 2007. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and has earned an MBA in Technology Commercialization from Westminster College. She sits on the Executive Committee of the COVE MLS Group and also serves on the MLS Policy Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Since becoming CEO of UtahRealEstate.com MLS, she led the effort to develop and successfully deploy a new in-house MLS platform, including mobile website and apps, as well as a public portal. In 2012 she launched PropertyPond.com, which is a website for rental properties. Rebecca was elected to the Board of The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) in the fall of 2010, where she has served as Board Chair continuously since January 2011. Her initial focus for the organization was to create and implement a sustainable long-term strategic plan, which included restructuring the entity, and gaining more support from the MLS industry. This allowed RESO to create standards including the Data Dictionary and Web API, which are now being adopted by MLSs across the nation.

Rebecca is one of the Inman News 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate, Swanepoel 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate as well as being a Utah Business Magazine Forty Under 40 Honoree.

MRED will announce Ms. Jensen’s official start date when it becomes available.

“Speaking on behalf of MRED’s Board of Managers, we are thrilled that Ms. Jensen has agreed to join MRED as our new President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Jeff Gregory, MRED Chairman of the Board, who has been serving as MRED’s Interim President and CEO since June, 2014. “Rebecca has both the required skills and knowledge for the position as well as the ability to be our leader. An exhaustive search has resulted in the hiring of someone who we look forward to working with for many years to come. This is an exciting day for MRED and our customers.”

“I am delighted to take on the challenge of leading such a prominent MLS,” said Ms. Jensen. “There are many issues confronting our industry today. I am eager to work with the talented staff at MRED and have a positive impact on our customers and the national stage. I cannot wait to get started.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 40,000 brokers and appraisers and 8,000 offices. MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for two years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey. MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for four consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal. For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

MRED’s Era of Cooperation Continues

All of Chicagoland MLS Giant’s Association Partners Renew Relationship

DSCN2558-1LISLE, ILLINOIS (November 20, 2014) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), has announced that it has renewed agreements with all twelve (12) of the local Realtor® associations to whom it provides services. Under the new Contract for Services Association agreements (CSAs), MRED will continue to provide MLS and other related products and services to the members of these organizations through at least December, 2017, with options to extend the agreements through December, 2021.

Signatories to these new Agreements include the following Realtor® associations:

  • Belvidere Board of Realtors®
  • Chicago Association of Realtors®
  • Heartland Realtor® Organization
  • HomeTown Association of Realtors®
  • Illini Valley Association of Realtors®
  • Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of Realtors®
  • MainStreet Organization of Realtors®
  • Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors®
  • North Shore – Barrington Association of Realtors®
  • Oak Park Area Association of Realtors®
  • Realtor® Association of the Fox Valley
  • Three Rivers Association of Realtors®

“The Mainstreet Organization of Realtors (MORe) is very pleased to continue the great relationship we have had for many years with MRED,” said Pam Krieter, MORe Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to be a part of one of the largest and most successful regional MLSs in the country, and now look forward to many more years of continued participation by our brokers.”

“The Heartland Realtor® Organization (HRO) is thrilled to continue to be a part of MRED,” said Jim Haisler, HRO Chief Executive Officer. “It is critical for our members to have access to MRED’s coverage area. We now have in place agreements that insure that HRO and other Illinois associations will enjoy the benefits of being an MRED partner for years to come.”

“MRED has been fortunate to enjoy a great and mutually beneficial relationship with its partner Associations for many years,” said Jeff Gregory, MRED Chairman of the Board. “We are grateful for the execution of our new Contract for Services Association agreements by our partners and celebrate the continuing era of cooperation enjoyed by MRED real estate professionals.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 40,000 brokers and appraisers and 8,000 offices. MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for two years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey. MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for four consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal. For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

MRED’s Customers On Board with Realtors Property Resource®

MLS Giant’s Listing Content Now Available for Inclusion in RPR’s Database

LISLE, ILLINOIS (January 22, 2014) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS),  announced that MRED listing content is now appearing in Realtors Property Resource® (RPR).

RPR is a parcel-centric national database of property information owned by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  RPR is not a multiple listing service (MLS) and does not support offers of cooperation and compensation.  RPR was created by NAR to provide Realtors® with additional data they might need to meet the demands of their clients.  RPR is 100% owned by Realtors® and is only accessible by Realtors®.  RPR is working with MLSs to populate their database with property information from all over the United States.

“The introduction of MRED data into RPR has gone seamlessly,” said MRED President and CEO Russ Bergeron.  “This is yet another example of our efforts to provide MRED customers with multiple opportunities to promote their listings as well as bring together different sources of pertinent market data.  The activation of RPR demonstrates the continued expansion of MRED’s stable of services.”

“With the launch of integrated market data from MRED, their REALTOR® members will now have access to their active and off market property information in RPR in order to power high value features, reports and valuation tools for REALTORS® to use with their clients and customers,” says RPR CEO, Dale Ross.  “MRED REALTOR® members will also benefit from expanded tools and features including Broker Tool Sets, Legislative Resources and reports, investment tools and RPR’s Commercial Application.  RPR would like to thank CEO Russ Bergeron and the MRED leadership for their support of RPR’s benefit to their REALTOR® members.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 40,000 brokers and appraisers and 8,000 offices.  MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.  MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for two years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey.  MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association.  For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

About RPR

Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, is an exclusive online real estate database providing REALTORS® with the analytical power to help their clients make better informed decisions while increasing efficiency in the marketplace. For more information about RPR, visit: http://blog.narrpr.com.

MRED’s Newest Thing – Better Than the Old Thing

Infosparks Has Taken Chicagoland by Storm

LISLE, ILLINOIS (November 7, 2013) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), announced today that the new interactive market analytics tool Infosparks has gotten a tremendous reception from MRED customers.  Infosparks is the latest version of The Thing, the extremely popular service that MRED customers have been using for over two years.  MRED customers are able to deliver timely, relevant, detailed metrics in their markets thanks to this cutting-edge program provided by 10K Research and Marketing.

Infosparks has some great new features, including the ability to be used on the iPad and other tablets.  Its introduction has resulted in some very positive feedback from its users.

Leslie Ebersole, a top producing broker at Baird & Warner in St. Charles, loves to incorporate the newest tools available for improving her business.  She said, “The number one question that agents are asked is probably ‘how’s the market?’  Infosparks is a really slick new tool provided by MRED that lets agents show real time data on their website, blog or in email marketing. It’s incredibly easy to make dynamic interactive charts that show exactly what is happening in any MLS area. The charts are automatically updated so that clients can see the most recent data at any time. If you’ve spent endless hours writing market reports in the past — or never taken it on because it’s too time consuming — then give Infosparks a try. Put this killer content on your website, sit back and wait for the compliments to roll in.”

Lynn Madison, Managing Broker of Lynn Madison, REALTOR, owner of Madison Seminars, and current Treasurer of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, said, “Infosparks is an amazing tool that helps real estate practitioners communicate the reality of the market to the public.  The information out there on the Internet just isn’t accurate.  Our clients need real information, and Infosparks is an easy and efficient way to deliver that information to our buyers and sellers.  Any time we can show them in easy to read charts and graphs rather than just tell them the information, it enhances their knowledge of what is really happening in the market.”

“When we launched our first interactive market analytics product, The Thing, it was a revelation,” said Greg Sax, Vice President of 10K Research and Marketing. “Infosparks has addressed former limitations of mobile-readiness, multiple-area comparisons, the sharing of live-data widgets and more options in less physical space.  Working with MRED is awesome because they know every nuance of their market data and frequently advance the scope of our tools for the betterment of the Chicagoland marketplace.”

“MRED’s dedication to progress and improvement never ceases,” said MRED CEO Russ Bergeron.  “As popular as The Thing has been for our customers, Infosparks is a significant step forward.  It is like having a brand new product, and we are thrilled to have it available now for MRED customers.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 40,000 brokers and appraisers and 8,000 offices.  MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.  MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country per the latest WAV Group MLS Technology Survey.  MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association.  For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

About 10K Research and Marketing

10K Research and Marketing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®, is a growing research and technology firm that serves REALTOR® associations, MLS organizations, brokers and other real estate companies in more than 150 markets throughout North America. 10K creates interactive market analytics products, statewide data-reporting initiatives and an abundance of easy-to-read market reports. www.10kresearch.com