RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

NOV 2018

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50 November 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE C hanging software systems is a challenging proposition, especially when that system is as vital to your membership as a tax/public records system. That's the dilemma that the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) faced in 2014. After years on a homegrown tax system, MAAR wanted to move on to "a very specific type of tax system that didn't exist yet," says MAAR MLS Director Nick Jones. "We essentially wanted to rebuild our existing tax system, only bigger and better." We recently spoke with Jones and MAAR CEO Melanie Blakeney to find out what MLSs and associations can learn from Memphis' transition to a new tax solution. Taking Time to Find the Best-Fit Vendor For MAAR, the RFP (request for proposal) process lasted a year. The association wanted to find a partner that could work with their unique needs. Rather than relying on a vendor to provide tax data, MAAR wanted to run their own in-house data through the vendor's tax system. This meant that a potentially challenging system custom - ization was necessary—something most vendors shied away from. The partner that MAAR eventually selected, CRS Data, had the opposite reaction, however. They were "eager" and "enthusiastic" to take on the difficult challenge. In addition, CRS Data was willing to provide data where MAAR's old system hadn't—another key selling point for the association. "Our old system provided data for three counties, but MAAR represents members in additional areas. CRS Data had the capability to provide coverage in outlying areas and counties," says Blakeney. A Team That Cares: Finding the Right Property Data System by Liz Dominguez

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