The Wall Street Journal ran the story yesterday about the San Diego MLS sending in the wrong sales data to C.A.R. for the last year.

I don’t know what’s funnier; that Sandicor never checks their own work, or that apparently no one in the western world cares enough about what C.A.R. has to say to notice a major discrepency for a year.

Nothing about this escapade is surprising though, if you know Ray Ewing, CEO of Sandicor.  The realtors are the actual owners of Sandicor, who runs our Multiple Listing Service, and we need somebody to run it.  Enter Ray Ewing.

Back in 1992 when Sandicor was formed by the eleven SD association of realtors, it was the first, and the largest in the country to do so.  If Sandicor would have boldly set out to provide the a first-rate MLS website and assist realtors with helping their clients, they could served a greater good. It has never happened.

Instead, in May, 2008 the Sandicor folks changed the entire MLS system, allegedly ‘upgrading’ from Tempo 3 to Tempo 5.  It was an unmitigated disaster, and still to this day a vastly inferior product.

When a certain blogger complained about the new system, it caused a local news reporter, Zach Fox, called Ray Ewing for comment.

Ray was happy to look up the records and tell Zach that I had taken one of the last Tempo 5 training classes (gave Zach the date and time) and suggested that if I would have gone to additional training I might know what I am talking about.

It is that type of arrogance that is undermining our realtor community every day.  

Sandicor has not developed their own public website, like many other MLS providers have done around the country.  Instead, people like Redfin, Zip, and even one of our own realtors who developed have kicked Sandicor’s butt with a better distribution of MLS information. 

Ray is good about issuing fines though, and bad-mouthing agents to the press.  Apparently his control over the MLS and the data he provides is still a challenge.

I AM GRATEFUL for Ray’s work.  He is expediting the demise of realtors as we know them.

Consumers are sick of the lack of transparency, the lack of data analysis, and lack of real-time facts to make decisions with.  Ray’s failure to provide any of the above will hasten the creation of an upstart public MLS, and make Sandicor, and most realtors, useless to the community.

I look forward to that day. 

I’ll still have a job helping people analyze properties and their value, and putting deals together.  How about you Ray?

And Ray, what are you going to say to the thousands of realtors who you have failed so miserably who will be out of work? 


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Jim the Realtor
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