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Cross-MLS Lockbox Access Agreement Spans Northern California

MLSListings and six other Northern California MLSs have announced a cooperative program for 60,000 real estate professionals participating in Northern California data share agreements to access lockboxes throughout Northern California. The agreement concludes three years of negotiations.

The seven Multiple Listing Services entered into regional data sharing and exchange arrangements in 2008 to provide membership-level access to each other’s MLS systems throughout Northern California. Members from MLSListings, Inc., the Bay East Association of REALTORS® MLS, Contra Costa Association of REALTORS® MLS, EBRDI, the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® MLS, BAREIS MLS® and MetroList® benefit from the exchange arrangement.

The reciprocal arrangement allows MLS members to receive a cooperative code and electronic key privileges from the participating organizations without having to be a member of the cooperating agency. Membership in a primary participating MLS confirms professional status to other MLSs in the Northern California marketplace. All of the participating MLS organizations utilize the SUPRA lockbox system, which helped resolve technical issues in providing access.

Cooperating your key at any one of the following MLS’s or at their Associations/Service Centers will grant you lockbox access at all of them:
- MLSListings®
- Bay East Association of REALTORS® MLS
- Contra Costa Association of REALTORS® MLS
- EBRDI
- San Francisco Association of REALTORS® MLS

The reciprocal efforts in Northern California have been driven by changes in the real estate market that revealed a need to have both locally-focused and customized MLS services, as well as access to multi-regional data. The lockbox access agreements are made possible in large part due to cooperative efforts among each MLS’s Association partners, including MLSListings’ Association owners:
- Central Valley Association of REALTORS®
- Monterey County Association of REALTORS®
- Pajaro Valley Association of REALTORS®
- San Benito County Association of REALTORS®
- San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®
- Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®
- Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS®
- Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®

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  1. Gloria Sheridan says:

    Does this include Marin Co?

    • tdreike says:

      Yes, Gloria, the cross-MLS Lockbox access agreement includes Marin County. Just give BAREIS a call to confirm the procedure to get everything working at 800-776-5252.

  2. Michael says:

    Wow this is going to be great for real estate in Nor Cal. For the associations leaving the Sentrilock system, are those agents looking to sell their lockboxes? I got rid of all my old Sentrilock boxes on a website, and then was able to buy used lockboxes that we deprogrammed for this change. Just a thought but great job Northern California Associations! This is GREAT news!

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