Access to Real Estate Information Expands on Florida's Gulf Coast

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Eight Local MLS Groups Form Data-Sharing partnership to provide consumers and real estate professionals with more comprehensive real estate information

A new alliance of real estate multiple listing service providers is making it easier to search Florida's Gulf Coast houses, condos, and commercial properties. Eight real estate associations have signed data-sharing agreements to form the new Florida Gulf Coast Alliance, according to Bill Dryburgh, president of the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of REALTORS®.

Listings from the region's MLS systems will be accessible to members of all eight real estate associations through eNeighborhoods' MLSAlliance product. MLSAlliance is an enterprise software platform that connects MLS databases and provides real estate professionals with a single website to access listing information from multiple MLS systems.

The situation on Florida's Gulf Coast is representative of larger trends in today's real estate industry. Brokers and agents often conduct business throughout the region, across the traditional MLS boundaries. With the new MLSAlliance system, 42,000 brokers and agents across the region will be able to search one web-based system to find listings spanning from Naples to Sarasota.

"We're solid from Sarasota on down," said Dryburgh. "The value to the home buyer and the home seller is that more eyes see their listings ... and the more eyes that see it, the more chance of selling the property. eNeighborhoods' MLSAlliance has the obvious advantage of being easy to use. You can search specific areas or the whole Gulf Coast region."

"Once we learned about it, we jumped right on board. It's a natural for Southwest Florida," added Joe Carter, president of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS®. "We already work together a lot because we deal in similar types of properties. We all list waterfront and resort-style properties that fit the Florida lifestyle. MLSAlliance gives us more ways of helping our clients find their dream homes."

Listings from Naples, Bonita Springs-Estero, Fort Myers and the Beach, and Cape Coral are already available on MLSAlliance. The other real estate associations participating in the Alliance are Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port, Englewood, Venice, and Sarasota. All are expected to be live on MLSAlliance by the end of March, 2007.

"These associations should be commended for the progressive steps they have taken to improve access to Florida real estate information - for consumers and real estate professionals," said Andy Woolley, vice president of eNeighborhoods. "We're proud they have selected our technology and look forward to future expansion of the Alliance into other key Florida markets including Tampa Bay, Marco Island and more."

About eNeighborhoods, Inc.

eNeighborhoods™ is the nation's premier compiler of real estate related home and neighborhood information, providing the real estate and marketing services industries with a comprehensive set of marketing, research, report and presentation tools. eNeighborhoods is a proud partner in the National Association of REALTORS® REALTOR BenefitsSM Program. The company maintains strategic alliances with major real estate franchisers: Realogy, RE/MAX International, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, EXIT Realty, GMAC, Keller Williams, Prudential, Realty Executives and, as well as many of the major independent brokerages. eNeighborhoods is the proud founding sponsor of NAR's Good Neighbor Awards which educates, encourages and rewards outstanding community service by real estate professionals throughout the country. eNeighborhoods was recently named by Deloitte & Touche as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, ranking #153 of the 2006 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and eNeighborhoods is ranked as the 84th-fastest growing private company in the nation, according to the 2005 Inc. 500 list. Stu Siegel, the company's CEO, has been selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Eastern Technology CEO of the Year.

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