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MRED President/CEO Named an Inman Influencer for 2017

RJMidwest Real Estate Data (MRED) President/Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen is one of 150 individuals named to Inman’s Real Estate Influencers of 2017.

Jensen joined MRED as its President and CEO in March 2015. MRED provides multiple listing services to more than 8,000 real estate offices and 40,000 brokers and appraisers in the Chicago area. It provides property information about northwest Indiana, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

She served as a board member for the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), including several years as board chair. RESO created the first real estate data dictionary, web API standard and compliance programs. In 2014, the National Association of REALTORS® approved a policy that required multiple listing services to adopt RESO’s standards. Prior to working at MRED, Jensen was CEO for UtahRealEstate.com for nearly eight years.

Inman publisher Brad Inman says the list of influencers includes real estate professionals with a variety of talents, opinions and personalities.

“They are not (all) cut from the same cloth, they do not speak the same language and they do not always necessarily share the same values. But they influence the industry by their work, through their followers and by expressing their opinions,” Inman says.

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Illinois REALTORS®, MRED Extend Member Benefit Subscription to Inman Select

Illinois REALTORS® and MRED are pleased to announce that they have signed an extension to continue to provide real estate professionals throughout Illinois with Inman Select.

MRED_Illinois REALTORSThat means that the more than 44,000 Illinois REALTORS®, many of whom are also customers of MRED, will continue to get access to the daily news service that provides extensive coverage of real estate news and trends. It’s an important member benefit that was provided by the organizations beginning in 2015.

If you haven’t signed up to claim your membership, it’s easy to do. Just go here.

“The real estate industry is complex, and providing information to our members to help our members navigate the business is an essential part of Illinois REALTORS®’ mission,” said Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews. ‘We’re pleased to be able to partner with MRED to provide this service.”

“Anytime we can help our customers, and do it with our great friends and partners at Illinois REALTORS®, we’re in,” said MRED President/Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen.  “Inman Select does a great job of informing real estate professionals, and knowledgeable brokers are successful brokers.”

Signing up for Inman Select gives access to the service’s constantly updated news feed, an email newsletter and information on upcoming events.

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Big Thinking by MRED’s New President/Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca Jensen Talks About the Dream MLS on Panel at Industry Conference

Inman 2015 Rebecca and DavidLISLE, ILLINOIS (February 4, 2015) – Rebecca Jensen, the incoming President/Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), was one of the featured panel members at the Real Estate Connect conference in New York, which took place January 28-30, 2015.

Ms. Jensen was on a panel titled “How I Would Do It: Big Thinkers Lay Out the Plan For Their Dream MLS”. Facilitated by David Charron, President and CEO of Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), other speakers included Cary Sylvester, Vice President of Technology Innovation, Keller Williams; Christine Todd, CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors; and Heather Elias Vice President of Industry Engagement, Century 21 Redwood Realty.

Initial discussion focused on what the MLS should be about, and if it can meet the needs of all of its stakeholders. The panelists also addressed concerns in the industry about MLSs providing services directly to consumers.

Ms. Jensen stated, “MLSs should offer technology needed for that specific marketplace. We can’t be everything to everybody, but it is incumbent on the MLS to reach out to the busy real estate professionals who don’t have the time to volunteer, and understand how they are impacted by possible changes being considered.”

Another subject for the panel was the Broker Public Portal project, which a number of large brokerages and MLSs are investigating, to provide a national consumer facing website. “There is significant interest in the Broker Public Portal at MRED,’ said Jensen. “There may be a need for a national portal even in a market that doesn’t have a consumer facing website, like Chicagoland.”

Ms. Jensen’s parting comment was a call for the differing interests in real estate to work together. “Fragmentation makes us weak; we can accomplish so much more when we work together to solve tough problems.”

This was Ms. Jensen’s first public appearance as MRED’s new President/Chief Executive Officer.

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.

Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) Wins Inman Innovator Award at Real Estate Connect Conference

MRED Recognized as Most Innovative Multiple Listing Service

LISLE, ILLINOIS (July 15, 2011) – Inman News™ (Inman) has announced its 2013 Innovator Awards winners, and Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), was recognized as Most Innovative in the MLS or Real Estate Trade Association category.

Inman News created the Innovator Awards in 1997 to honor the real estate companies, technologies, services and individuals who have propelled the real estate industry forward by improving the real estate transaction process for both consumers and real estate professionals.  MRED was honored along with nine other companies and individuals in categories ranging from Most Innovative Real Estate Agent to Most Innovative Use of a New Technology.  The awards were announced Friday at the Real Estate Connect Conference in San Francisco.

“It is thrilling that MRED is the recipient of such a great honor within our industry,” said MRED President Rob Schaid.  “I congratulate our CEO and fantastic staff, who should all be very proud to receive this level of recognition.”

“On behalf of MRED, thank you to the Inman News review team for selecting us as one of the 2013 award winners,” said MRED CEO Russ Bergeron, himself an Inman Innovator of the Year award recipient in 1998.  “There were many great organizations recognized as finalists, and it is gratifying for us to be singled out for such a prestigious honor.  Our mission is to reinvent MLS, and being identified as the most innovative means we are on the right track.”

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.  For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

MRED CEO AT THE CENTER OF LISTINGS DISTRIBUTION DEBATE

Russ Bergeron Joins Other Industry Heavyweights in Panel Discussion
At Real Estate Connect Conference

 LISLE, ILLINOIS (July 9, 2013) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), has announced that its CEO, Russ Bergeron, will be featured as a panel member at the 2013 Inman Real Estate Connect Conference in San Francisco.  MRED has also been selected as a finalist for an Inman News Innovator Award in the MLS/Real Estate Trade Association category.

This year’s conference is taking place July 10th through 12th at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.  Bergeron will be participating in a panel discussion on Thursday, July 11th, titled “Ringleading at the Syndication Circus: Not Just Another Syndication Panel”.  Discussion will ensue regarding the proliferation of listings on the Internet, and if the MLS can be positioned as the definitive listings caretaker.

Bergeron will be joined on the panel by other real estate industry notables such as Chris Crocker of Zillow, Jon Coile from Champion Realty, Andy Woolley of Homes.com, Luke Glass from ListHub, and David Charron of MRIS.

“Real Estate Connect is known for stirring up controversy,” said MRED CEO Russ Bergeron.  “The pros and cons of listing syndication have been debated for years. Our goal is try to shake things up a bit in an attempt to refocus everyone as to why we are all in this business.”

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.  For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

MRED CEO Bergeron Retains Spot on Inman News Honor Roll

LISLE (January 22, 2013) – At last week’s Inman Real Estate Connect® in New York City, it was announced that Russ Bergeron, Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED), has again been selected as one of the top 100 most influential real estate leaders.

The Inman 100 is an annual list of individuals whose actions have helped change the real estate industry in the last year through their leadership, innovation, ingenuity, power and persistence.  The complete list of honorees is available on www.inman.com/Inman100.  Mr. Bergeron has been selected for the Inman 100 every year from 2009 through 2013.

“Russ Bergeron was brought on board because of his national profile and the influence he wields across the country,” said Rob Schaid, President of MRED.  “On behalf of our leadership, we congratulate Russ and could not be more pleased that he continues to be recognized as a force in our industry.”

“I am honored to once again be recognized by Inman News,” said Mr. Bergeron.  “It is gratifying that the hard work done by everyone here at MRED results in recognition from such a respected organization.   I look forward to the continuation of our efforts to lead our industry forward; and to creating opportunities for all the real estate professionals served by MRED in what appears to be a recovering and dynamic real estate market.”

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.  For more information please visit www.mredllc.com

About Russ Bergeron

Please click HERE for the biography of Russ Bergeron.