REinventing MLS

MRED Localized Rules Teams to allow for more customized MLS policies

Midwest Real Estate Data has named three Illinois real estate leaders to head up teams which will focus on delivering customized rules for one of the nation’s largest MLSs.

Lisle, Ill.-based MRED announced at its April Owners Meeting that it was creating Localized Rules Teams to better facilitate rule change discussions in the many markets MRED serves.

Previously, MRED had one rules committee, called the Compliance User Team, which vetted MRED’s rules. MRED will now have three Localized Rules Teams which will focus on urban, suburban and rural rules. The creation of the local teams recognizes that MRED’s markets have unique needs and allows the MLS to be more flexible when serving them. The teams report to the MRED Board of Managers, which has the final say on any rule changes.

The first set of Localized Rules Team meetings was held in late July.

Leading the teams are:


Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez – Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker

Hernandez has more than 30 years of experience and is the branch vice president of brokerage services at Coldwell Banker. The Chicago Association of REALTORS® recognized her industry contributions in 2017 by honoring her with its Managing Broker of the Year award. Hernandez currently serves on the board of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and MRED’s Board of Managers.


Linda Pilmer – Pilmer Real Estate

Pilmer has worked in the real estate industry for most of her career and is president and designated managing broker of the Pilmer Real Estate Inc. in Aurora. Pilmer is an Ombudsman for Illinois REALTORS®, serves as a panelist for the association’s arbitration and ethics hearings and is on the Professional Standards Committee of the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley. She has also served as a member of MRED’s Compliance User Team for several years.


Sue Miller – Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group

Miller is the designated managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in McHenry, Ill., and has been licensed in real estate for 33 years. During that time, Miller has been active on MRED’s Board in addition to serving on MRED’s Compliance User Team, which she chaired. Miller is 2021 president of Illinois REALTORS®. She has served two times as president of Heartland REALTOR® Organization, which honored her twice as the organization’s local REALTOR® of the Year. Miller was named the Illinois REALTORS® REALTOR of the Year in 2017 and given the Illinois REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award in 2013.

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See all the information in MRED’s Weekly Market Snapshot.

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Get all the details in MRED’s Weekly Market Snapshot.

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See more in MRED’s Weekly Market Snapshot.

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Learn more in MRED’s Weekly Market Snapshot.

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Get all the details in MRED’s Weekly Market Snapshot.