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MLS Issues in Santa Barbara

May 1st, 2015 · 4 Comments · Code of Ethics, Santa Barbara Real Estate, Santa Barbara Realtors

When the rules aren’t enforced, why bother following them?  The suggested Rules and Regulations that supposedly govern the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service currently appear to be at odds with the Code of Ethics. Some listings that show as Active are under contract /Pending?  Listings that have been on the market for weeks, months, and years show up as New Listings /Days on the Market?  Where’s the integrity in the system?  Who’s responsible?

The Santa Barbara Association of Realtor’s Directors and MLS Committee members appear to be in conflict with the Code of Ethics that the California Association of Realtors touts strict adherence to by it’s members in it’s radio ads?  Why is this a concern?  The Santa Barbara MLS is the original feed to Zillow,, Trulia,  and other third parties that distribute the data online that the public relies on. If the data is misleading, what value is it? It certainly doesn’t help other real estate agents here in Santa Barbara that want to show a property that’s already under contract – but appears as an active listing on the MLS.  Some agents here in Santa Barbara have trouble with the dual Days on the Market/DOM designations on the MLS. There are suppose to be two numbers here. One that reflects current days on the market for the listing, and a second number that reflects the historical time the listing has been on the market. A property that has been on the market for months (and sometimes years) shows as a new listing? Great for the new listing agent, bad for the public.

Most of the realtors here in Santa Barbara do adhere to the rules but…   According to the SBAOR’s web site “the Board of Directors and Officer’s duty and responsibility is to manage the affairs of the corporation for the benefit of the membership, and the public it serves.” Why is the Board of Directors and the Multiple Listing committee not protecting the integrity of it’s MLS?  It’s great to pad your resume with these designations as a Director and Committee member, but who’s watching the store?

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Bill Kolb

    This has been an ongoing problem. Until the SBAOR is sued will they address it or any other issues with their MLS. Unfortunately there are many problems with the Santa Barbara MLS committee, and it’s Board.

  • John Perkins

    Boards do very little. A meeting once a month, and nothing gets done. Your dues go to people’s salaries who do very little. The director’s job is a joke. What’s the Director’s job description? You’re right, who’s minding the store. It’s not just in Santa Barbara it’s everywhere. San Francisco actually has an amazing board of realtors that actually looks after the best interest of it’s membership.

  • World Class Properties

    There are suppose to be two days on the market (DOM). The historical date, and the current listing date. Otherwise you’re defrauding the public. Agents are upset with this aspect of the MLS in SB. If agents had their license suspended for not reporting sales in a timely manner, and playing games with DOM, this would all go away. The games people play. And what a disservice to the public!

  • Walter Price

    I’d contact the LA Times and the San Francisco Chronicle/ SFGate. Santa Barbara real estate is in a bubble where old bad behavior is the rule. You’re right, if the rules aren’t enforced…? Ever try to find a rental in Santa Barbara – what a nightmare? Why don’t Santa Barbara realtors cooperate with one another? Self serving real estate agents are the rule in Santa Barbara!

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